KCRW has no bad volunteers. All of them are smart, dedicated, passionate people. That’s why it’s a little tough to single one out every month, but then there are people like Samantha (just Sam to us). She just effortlessly stands out. With her hard work and sunny disposition to boot, how could we not notice her? Get to know her!
Where did you grow up and are you an only child?
I am originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. For the most part I grew up there, but I moved to Los Angeles when I was 16 to pursue a career in music.
What is your current occupation?
I’m a vocalist and songwriter. Most recently, I was featured on the posthumous album Eye Legacy from Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. I run a small business called The Sambalaya Shoppe – a moniker under which I do freelance vocal and audio engineering work.
What is your fantasy occupation?
If I can continue to grow my business, and work for KCRW while doing it, that’s the fantasy. As an older woman, I want to own my own recording facility in New Orleans in the French Quarter, and sit on the balcony griping down at the young an unruly tourists.
When did you first discover KCRW?
I discovered KCRW right after I moved to Los Angeles about 8 years ago. A music technology instructor of mine mentioned that “NPR” played some really great music at night and that I should check it out. Ever since then, the dial has been permanently fixed to 89.9.
How did you find your way to our station for volunteering?
About four years ago I began my quest to volunteer for the station after moving close by for audio school. Naturally, I wasn’t the only one with the idea. After a random email to Henry Rollins, some cat and mouse, and a perfectly timed call back from Monika Scott, I finally was able to get my foot in the door. It’s now been six months and I couldn’t be happier.
What’s your current volunteer position and how long have you been at it?
Favorite volunteer moment?
Every live performance on Morning Becomes Eclectic that I am present for is a favorite moment, but a highlight would definitely be meeting actor Tim Robbins in the hallway and chatting by the water cooler not long ago.
If you could get on the mic and say one sentence on the air, what would it be?
“I’m Sam Blanchard sitting in for Jason Bentley and this is Morning Becomes Eclectic on 89.9, KCRW.” – But I’d happily settle for pitching during the pledge drive, I would love to do that.
What song have you hit repeat on lately?
I’ve recently been struck by Susanne Sundfor’s “White Foxes” off of The Silicone Veil.
Favorite book, movie?
Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, hands down. Originally on stage in New York, HBO made it into a miniseries in 2003. It is the most brilliant thing I’ve ever seen/heard/witnessed in my lifetime, and I’ve yet to find anything that will top it.
Favorite thing to do outside the station?
I’m somewhat of a hermit, so when I’m not at the station or having to work at a studio, I’m typically working on something at home. I love to watch bizarre indie films or depressing political documentaries on Netflix, and spending time with my boyfriend and our two chihuahuas.
What does KCRW mean to you?
I can’t even begin to express how much KCRW means to me. I dare anyone to find a public radio station that has the spirit of this one. It’s one of a kind. I came to KCRW a little beaten up from the LA experience, having kicked around the commercial music industry for the better half of my life. I’ve been very, very discouraged by what the “mainstream” entertainment business has turned into. I’ve been caught up in the revolving door of it for some time. KCRW is a beacon of hope in the music world, but in the general consciousness as well. It’s so much more than a radio station. It’s a community of people, brought together by the love of independent music and art, thought and analysis. It’s about expanding that community and inviting others to share in it. KCRW really is the epitome of a community service – entertaining, enlightening and informing those that it reaches, totally free of a corporate allegiance, without any motive of monetary gain. After living in LA for going on a decade, and after all of the ego and falseness I’ve encountered in my profession, sometimes I feel like the only sane voices are the ones radiating from 89.9. If you need to restore your faith in humanity, check out KCRW.
It’s always a little strange to ask volunteers what KCRW means to them. We’re not fishing for compliments, but rather looking to understand what draws people to generously give us their time. Someone like Sam could easily be welcomed by a plethora of worthy organizations, but she chose us. Lucky us, she warmly adds to the very humanity she mentions above.womens black fabric multi colored faux fur trimmed ankle boots size 40 , BAMBOO Tan Color Faux Suede Side Zip 4” High Heels Womens Ankle Boots Size , APT.9 Women's Heeled Buckle Slouch Boots Black or Grey Orig.Price $84.99 NEW , Nike Women’s ACG All Conditions Hiking Trail Boots Suede Size 9 , NINE WEST Burgundy RED LEATHER Gore zip tall knee high dress BOOTS 8 M QUIVERAClarks Artisan Black Leather Ankle Booties Zipper Heels 62323 Womens Size 8 M , Womens Gothic Rivet Side Zipper Riding Over Knee Military Combat Boots Sz B445Lucky Brand Salza Bootie Pump Heel Black Leather Womens Size 7M , PASTELLE Bottes Cavalières Cuir Gris Très Foncé T 39 BEFergie Footwear Romance Women Over-The-Knee Boot (6M, Portico Leather) , Wild Diva Lounge Embroidered Floral Chunky Heeled Suede OTK Boots , Womens shoes 8 M Via Spiga Italy Black Leather High Boots Woven Front pointed , Charles by Charles David Womens studio Closed Toe Ankle navy suede Size 7.5Made in Italia Shoes Woman Shoes Short Comfort trendy Brown 73826 Outlet BDX , Women's Shoes Jack Rogers QUINN Penny Loafers Slip-On Leather Platinum , Haflinger Charcoal Wool Felt Colgs with Knit Trim & Button on Crepe Sole. Sz 37 , WOMEN'S FIREFISH PYTHON BOAT SHOE (STS98181) Size 6.5 m , Drew Shoes Brown Women's Juniper Clogs Size 7 M Slip-Resistant with Ankle StrapsMiu Miu Women's Crystal Cap-Toe Sneakers, Black Patent Leather, 39.5, SOLD OUT*NEW* PAUL HARNDEN SHOEMAKERS SILK OVER LEATHER HEELED DERBY (BLACK, 3) , PRADA Woven Tassel Smoking Slippers Flats Moccasins Shoes , NEW NISOLO WOMENS FRIDA SMOKING LOAFER WOVEN BROWN , Aquazzura Women's Black Pandora Embellished Suede Ballet Flats, Size 40/ 9.5 USHH Outdoor Women 's sports shoes Breathable Casual Sneakers running Shoes , VINCE COPLEY WOMENS GRAY SUEDE LEATHER TENNIS SNEAKERS SHOES 9 NEWAhnu Womens North Peak Event-W- Select SZ/Color. , Women's Tan Suede Boots Size 7.5 Boots , Dyeables Women's Lotus Black Lamy Open Toe ShoesSperry Women's Oasis Canal Boat Shoes Navy Patent 8 , Skechers Performance Womens Go Ride 7 Running-Shoes- Select SZ/Color. ,