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.Naturalizer Tan Trendy Ankle Boots Jacklyn Women's ShoesMerrell Taupe Sz 7 Jungle Moc Classic Hiking Shoecory-1 Fashion Ankle Casual 3.5 Inch Heel High Women's Winter Boots Black 7.5- , Free People Womens Ryker Flat Boots Booties Camel Size 10 NewTRUFFLE COLLECTION FLAT ROUND TOE LONG BOOTS IN BLACK / US 7 , DURANGO WOMEN'S Brown Leather 11" Slouch Cowgirl Western Boots 7 M 38.5 NICEDurango Mid Calf Brown Leather Cowboy Boots Women's Size 9.5Sam Edelman "Maddox" Brown leather Ankle Boot Size10.5 MZIGI Enzy Platform Pointed Toe Stiletto Knee High Boots 552, Black, 8 USHI-TEC Women's NWT Warm Winter INSULATED/WATERPROOF THERMO-DRI BOOTS size 6.5Sam Edelman Women’s 10 B Putty Taupe Suede Chelsea Petty Boots Anthropologie NewL'Artiste by Spring Step Womens Leather Boots Guthrie Black 37 US 7Hush Puppies Cyra Catelyn Ankle Boot Black Worry-free Suede US8.5 EUR40 CM26 , TOMMY HILFIGER Women's Coreen Knee High Rubber Rain Boots Black Size 10M , LL Bean Vintage Womens 9 M Canada North Brown Leather Boots Made In Canada (b52)Tory burch Blue New 4t Printed Canvas Logo Signature Espadrille Flats US7 , Cole Haan D43342 Trillby Driver Champagne Gold Metallic Leather Loafer Size 5.5Bernie Mev Women's Gem Slip-On Wedge Jeans Size 40NIB $395 RALPH LAUREN COLLECTION RINA-SH-DRS DARK BROWN SUEDE SHOES, SZ 8 , Skechers Bikers - Free Thinker Black Blk Womens Mary Jane Size 7.5MJIMMY CHOO WINNIE METALLIC GOLD Glitter/Patent Leather Ballet Flats Logo 37.5 , Clarks Women's Originals Casual Desert Boot Solid Navy Blue Suede 26118618Adidas Womens - Gray Running Shoes Size 7.5 (416221) , Reebok Womens Tennis Shoes size 9 Sublite Duo Black/PinkWomen's Frye Sienna Ballet Flat Sz 8.5 M NIB Fatigue BrownSKECHERS Suede Leather Sneaker Shoe 21479~Brown~Size 7 US, 4 UK , Adidas Womens White Silver Gray Torsion System Sneakers Shoes 7 MWomen's Rupert Sanderson Langley Loafers, Black FlatsDr Comfort Diabetic Women’s SHOES Black MAGGY 8.5 W Comfort Sneakers , Kenneth Cole New York Kam Fashion Sneakers, White