KCRW Announces â€˜Press Play,â€™ Live Daily Show Hosted By Madeleine Brand
January 27, 2014 at 3:06 PM (PT)
SANTA MONICA COLLEGE News/Music KCRW/LOS ANGELES has announced its newest live daily show – “Press Play” with award-winning host MADELEINE BRAND. The show debuted TODAY (1/27) at 12 Noon.
Among the primary goals of the show is to explore LOS ANGELES as a major player in the spheres of politics, entertainment, arts and culture, technology, and science -- both nationally and internationally. Press Play will also take advantage of such KCRW talent as FRANCES ANDERTON, KIM MASTERS, MATT MILLER and ANNE LITT, as well as those who cover food, literature, politics, art, and entertainment.
“It is our great pleasure to announce Press Play and welcome MADELEINE BRAND to the station,” said JENNIFER FERRO, KCRW’s President and GM. “MADELEINE is like that good friend you always wish to have -- intelligent without being intimidating, versed in a wide-variety of subjects from world news to pop culture, a good sense of humor, and always knows what is going on. At KCRW we’re about connecting LOS ANGELES to the world and the world to LOS ANGELES. Press Play is our latest conduit to achieving that goal.”
“I’ve been a listener and member of KCRW ever since I returned to LOS ANGELES 10 years ago to host NPR’s “Day to Day,” said BRAND. “I want Press Play to continue KCRW’s role as a cultural destination for LOS ANGELES.”
"KCRW is the place for originals and MADELEINE BRAND is a natural fit, with a new show that spans the latest in ideas, issues and culture, “said PD GARY SCOTT. "KCRW has never had more original programming than it does now."
BRAND joined the station in SEPTEMBER 2013 to help develop the show, having previously hosted “The Madeleine Brand Show” on Southern California public radio station KPCC, which won a 2012 Golden Mike award for best news and public affairs program from the RADIO & TELEVISION NEWS ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Prior to that, BRAND co-hosted NPR news magazine Day to Day and was a correspondent for NPR-flagship “Morning Edition.”
Press Play will live side-by-side flagship programs “Morning Becomes Eclectic,” hosted by MD JASON BENTLEY and airing from 9a-noon, and nationally syndicated news program “To the Point” with WARREN OLNEY, airing from 1-2p. “The World,” which was previously at 12 NOON, will now air at 3:00p, and “All Things Considered” will consequently start at 4p now. All other programming on KCRW will remain the same.