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.Carvela Kurt Geiger Womens Black Over The Knee Fashion Boots Size 38 8Women's Mia Wedge Faux Suede Black Ankle Slouch Booties Boots with Studs Sz 10LADIES SPOT ON BLACK LOW HEELED ANKLE BOOTS WITH SIDE BUCKLE (F5500) , Bass Womens Brown Suede Knee Boot - Size 10Mmoto-88 New Ankle zipper Synthetic Casual Low Heel Women's Winter Boots Tan 8-NEW Lot Black Faux Suede Side Buckle Fringe Ribbed Sole Wedge Boots Heels , Bandolino Womens Layita Leather Closed Toe Ankle Fashion Boots, Black, Size 10.0New Women Nature Breeze Flick-03 Faux Suede Tasseled Zipper Chunky Heel BootieSO Crayon Women's Suede/Faux Fur Boots Chestnut Size 7 AS-IS , Dolce Vita Findley Ankle Boot - Women's Size 7 BlackSaks 5th Avenue Sexy Women Boots SZ 6 (2) PairsStyle & Co Size 7.5 M AMUSE BLACK Knee High Boots New Womens ShoesLADIES RIEKER L8360 ROUND TOE CASUAL PUMPS SMART SLIP ON FLAT DOLLY SHOESJBU Womens Walking Shoe Red Jambu Melon Sport Mary Jane Size 8.5 MedLadies Boots Cherry Ashlee Black or Brown Pull On Boot Size 6-10 Stitched Trim , Womens Dansko Professional Grey Paisley Patent Casual Clog 506010202 Sizes 37-41New J Crew Ava Tie-silk Ballet Flats Multi Color Sz 5 E0751 , BOBS from Skechers 33654 Womens Plush Fiddlers Flat- Choose SZ/Color.Womens Clarks Hedge Tipi NIB Gray Fashion Sneakers 6 M , LADIES SHOES/FOOTWEAR - Arcopedico L1 shoe black , DANSKO 39 BLACK VEGAN Clogs 'Pixie' Floral Molded Waterproof Professional *PRIMOSalvatore Ferragamo Women's Brown/Maroon CROCODILE Gold Metal Loafers Size 7-AANIB 100% AUTH Givenchy Rose Camouflage-Print Leather Ballet Flats Sz 35.5 $520 , CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN black suede Toerless Muse shoes, size 40Moncler 'Lucie - Clover' Sneaker Ivory Calfskin Leather Womens Size 10 / 40 $715Tahari Womens Gene Raffia Contrast Trim Fashion Sneakers Athletic BHFO 2283 , Women White Casual Leather Sneakers shoes with Glitter Green Star Italian ITALYPUMA Women's Vikky Platform Velcro Sneaker - Choose SZ/ColorSkechers Performance Womens Go Ride 7 Running-Shoes- Select SZ/Color.Hoka Women's Challenger ATR 3 1014762 Persian Jewel Green Glow Running Brand New