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 High Top Wedge Sport Sneakers, Round Toe Increased Hidden Heel Booties , New Women Sde Western Side Cutout Laser Cut Ankle Booties Riding Low Heel Boots2 Lips Too Women's Too Natasha Fashion Boot, Taupe, Size 11.0 , NEW NIB NEON HOT PINK NEOPRENE ANKLE BOOTS BOOTIES PUBLIC DESIRE COUTURE STYLE 5Boot Blowfish Siento Taupe Lonestar/Tan/Chocolate DyecutMARNI Black Pebbled Leather Fold Over VE Heel Round Toe Ankle Bootie 38.5/8.5 , Jeffrey Campbell Women's Black Rubber Ankle Boots Shoe Size 9 NWD!NEW Merrell Lorelei Twine Trainer Walking Sneaker Shoes Black Aqua Womens Sz 9.5 , Michael Antonio Women's Wanna Western Boot Black Size 9.0Vintage Harley Davidson KHARI Women's Black Leather Side Zip Ankle Boots , Betsey Johnson Drizle Rubber Rainboot in Leopard SIZE 8M RETAIL: $100.00 , Rockport Black Womens Total Motion Keylock Booties Ankle Boots 10.5Nine West Women's Zance Fabric Ballet Flat, Black, 8.5 M USSAS Womens Oxfords Sz 10 W Walk Easy Black Nubuck Nero Suede LockerAx FW86 , AUTHENTIC CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN LEATHER FLAT SHOES PUMPS BLACK GRADE S USED -AT , MIU MIU PRADA Sexy Pink Jeweled Ballet Flats 40 I LOVE SHOES , NIB TORY BURCH GEMINI CHAIN BLUE PRINT CANVAS GOLD LINK GROSGRAIN BOW FLATS 8.5TORY BURCH Savannah Snakeskin Python Sandal Flats SOLD OUT!! $235 , JCrew $198 Charlie Tassel Loafers Snakeskin-Printed Leather 6 Ivory Black NEWLifeStride Women's Darcine Flat - Choose SZ/Color , Earth Ocelot - Women's Comfort Mary Jane Black - 8 Medium , Arnaldo Toscani Shoes Women Ballet flats Red 87487 BDT TRENDYNIKE Women's Tanjun Print Running Shoe , ECCO Women's Marine Blue Fonce Sneakers US 10 - 10.5 M , ADIDAS Shoes Sz 9.5 Falcon Elite 2 Blue Pink Running Trainer Sneakers Women NWOBSaucony Progrid Echelon LE 2 Sneaker - Women's Size 6.5 M, White , $700 SAN GABRIEL BLACK WESTERN/COWGIRL LADIES BOOTS 5 1/2 GOLD RIVER BOOTWomens Thieken Warm Fur Short Snow Boots Girls Solid Driving Nurse Shoes YoooVintage Wos Boot 6 Black Leather contrast stitch Cowboy Western Rockabilly 4687 , DANSKO Ladies Professional Patent Natural Leather Clog Size ( )