KCRW Breaks Ground On New State-Of-The-Art Media Center
Launches Brand-New Website
June 13, 2014 at 3:52 AM (PT)
SANTA MONICA COLLEGE News/Music KCRW/SANTA MONICA-LOS ANGELES has broken ground on a new 35,000 square-foot state-of-the-art MEDIA CENTER, to be located ON SANTA MONICA COLLEGE’S ACADEMY OF ENTERTAINMENT & TECHNOLOGY CAMPUS. The center was designed by CLIVE WILKINSON ARCHITECTS, as part of a $48M capital campaign.
“This is an incredibly important moment in KCRW’s history -- we couldn’t be more thankful to our licensee and partner SANTA MONICA COLLEGE, SANTA MONICA voters, and our generous supporters for their vital contributions in bringing the KCRW MEDIA CENTER to life,” said KCRW Pres./GM JENNIFER FERRO. “For the first time in our 75-year history we will be able to bring the community into our home and share the incredible performances and discussions that take place on a daily basis.”
“It is our great pleasure to welcome KCRW to the SANTA MONICA COLLEGE ACADEMY OF ENTERTAINMENT & TECHNOLOGY CAMPUS,” said SANTA MONICA COLLEGE Superintendent/Pres. DR. CHUI L. TSANG. “We share a unique synergy with KCRW, and look forward to creating a dynamic learning environment for our students who are passionate about journalism, media and radio.”
To-date, KCRW has secured $33 million of the total $48 million capital campaign goal, including a $28 million contribution from SANTA MONICA COLLEGE, licensee of KCRW, with funding from 2008 Bond Measure AA. KCRW graciously thanked other major donors at the groundbreaking ceremony, including THE ANNENBERG FOUNDATION, NORRIS AND DEBI BISHTON, THE ROSALINDE AND ARTHUR GILBERT FOUNDATION, TOM AND ELLIE WERTHEIMER, BORZI FAMILY FOUNDATION, KAYNE FOUNDATION, THE RALPH M. PARSONS FOUNDATION, SANTA BARBARA FOUNDATION and MONICA J. SHILLING, among others.
Also KCRW unveiled a totally new website on MONDAY, JUNE 9th. Functionally, it includes a number of new bells and whistles, the most important of which is the media player that lives on top of the site as a user browses.
Here are some KCRW website stats:
- 70% of online traffic comes from outside LA, and 20% from outside the US
- 2.5 million hours are digitally streamed, and 1.5 million programs are listened to on-demand monthly