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 GEORGIA MOTORCYCLE LEATHER BLACK BOOTS SIZE 9.5 MDOLCE by MOJO MOXY $67 Black Over-Knee or FOLD OVER Pirate BOOTS 8 M NWT , Rebel by Zigi Olaa Over The Knee Stretch Back Boots 617, Black, 6.5 USKUSTOM by Billabong - Maya Black Ankle Boots, Size 6 - 10. NIB, RRP $79.95. , Wanted Shoes Ladies 'Twiggy' Knee-High Brown Suede Boot Size 5.5 Medium , Black Women Suede Thigh Boots Side Zipper Pointed Toe High Block Heel Cal ShoesWOMENS BLACK & WHITE MORGANN HEELED ANKLE BOOTS POINTY NEW FCUK LEATHER CLASSYBaretraps Qui Boots, Women's Size 6 M, Mushroom , Gentle Souls by Kenneth Cole Bay Braid Leather Ballet Flats, Women's 10M, BlackCasadei Black Leather Ballet Flats size 8B , Dansko Christina Blue Metallic Brush OffWomens Flats New Style Ballet Personalized Shoes Slip-on Elegant Comfort VintageVersace 19.69 D13 NAPPA BIANCO ballerina shoes Women's White US , NEW $595 Giorgio Armani Classic Suede Shoes (Flats)! US 6 Euro 36 BlackSO CUTE! Women's $450 Stubbs and Wootton Canvas "ROPED" Slippers Loafers ShoesJOSHUA*S Rabbit Fur Leather Mule Flat Shoes Size 39 Made in Italy°°°BEAUX MOCASSINS BICOLORE NOIR BLEU ROBERT CLERGERIE T F 40 I 39 US 8 , Demonia SPRITE-02 Black Creepers Heart O-Rings Mary Jane Style So Cute & KawaiiNatural Soul Women's Carryon Loafer Navy Leather Loafers , NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM CRUZ V1 PHANTOM MAGNET GUM WCRUZOP WOMENS US SIZES , Under Armour Womens Squad Shoes (- Pick SZ/Color.Rebecca Minkoff NOELLE Size 6.5 Mink Velvet Athletic Shoes Sneakers Flats , NEW CONVERSE CHUCK TAYLOR ALL STAR/MISSONI HI TOPS, Size Women 12.5, $115 , Saks Fifth Avenue Venus Low Top Sneaker , Women's nike air size 9 women Athletic Shoes , Women's FRYE Women’s Black Booties (6.5) Boots , Women's Ladies Spot On Boots F50189 BootsJUSTIN Red Leather Roper Cowboy Boots Womens Size 6.5 B Style L3055 USANEW Dansko Kaya Black Leather Clog Size US 6 1/2 to 7 NIB , New Nike Air Max JEWELL SE Premium Size 7.5 Womens Summit White