Visit the new KCRW 12/2 Media Center as SMC unveils the Media and Design Center


KCRW 89.9 FM, the award-winning NPR station licensed from Santa Monica College (SMC), gives fans a taste of its new, state-of-the-art facilities at the official opening of the SMC Center for Media and Design. (CMD) on Saturday 2 December at 1660 Stewart Street.

After 35 years in the basement of Cayton Center on the main campus of Santa Monica College, located at 1900, boulevard Pico, KCRW will begin moving into its new above-ground home, the KCRW Media Center, in January 2018. KCRW will occupy fully and begin broadcasting from this facility in late spring 2018. KCRW has moved beyond its basement studios Just a few years after moving to the Cayton Center in 1984. The station has since grown from 14 to 125 staff across five locations, with broadcast and editing studios on the main campus. KCRW will bring all of its operations together under one roof with this contemporary, three-story, 35,000 square foot freestanding building. “said Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery, Superintendent and President of Santa Monica College.” We look forward to KCRW actively participating in creating a dynamic learning environment with hands-on experience for students passionate about journalism. , new media and radio in this new state-of-the-art facility. ”The KCRW Media Center is designed to preserve the collaborative culture of the station, while creating spaces for community gathering, integrating state-of-the-art production facilities, and enabling future growth. Live musical performances, news and cultural programs, a comprehensive roster of podcasts and other innovative digital content for its local and national broadcasts and global internet audience will be produced at KCRW Media Center. With a history of bringing unique live experiences to From South California and across the country, KCRW will, for the first time in its history, be able to house the community in its own 1,400 square foot Annenberg performance studio. KCRW will also have the ability to schedule events at the 3.5-acre SMC Center for Media and Design Campus for up to 1,500 people in the 18,000 square foot courtyard and outdoor stage in the center of the complex. All of this allows the public to engage closely and in person with KCRW. “KCRW is all about building a vibrant community around great content,” said KCRW President Jennifer Ferro. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to see this physical manifestation of KCRW as a cultural hub for Los Angela and beyond, a space that will allow our talented team to take the station to the next level, and also gives us the flexibility to include SMC students and the community at large in our content on a daily basis.Clive Wilkinson Architects designed this high-tech campus, which will meet LEED Silver certification standards to maximize energy and water efficiency, and the quality of the indoor environment. The SMC Center for Media and Design also includes a renovated 50,000 square foot instructional design wing; a newly constructed 30,000 square foot educational media wing; and a seven-level parking structure equipped with charging stations for electric vehicles. The main project funding of $ 115 million came from Measure AA, the SMC Safety and Modernization Bond, endorsed by the voters of Santa Monica and Malibu in 2008. KCRW also launched a fundraising campaign in 2012 to raise private funds to equip the KCRW Media Center and to invest in program development. to KCRW, and for their largesse to come forward in such a meaningful way, ”said KCRW Foundation President Matt kline. “I know our community will be deeply enriched by this investment in KCRW and SMC, as the creativity and learning that these great institutions inspire is of critical importance to Los Angela and the future of California. “This fundraising campaign, co-chaired by the former KCRW President of the council Michel fleming and Deborah Ramo, KCRW Board Member, provided funds for the purchase of broadcast and digital equipment for the KCRW Media Center and the acquisition of new stations in Santa Barbara (88.7 FM) and San Luis Obispo (101.3 FM). The support given also includes more than $ 11 million to invest in new programming and technologies to distribute KCRW content across Los Angela and around the world. Countryside include Ahmanson Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, Borzi Family Foundation, Norris and Debra Bishton Foundation, David Bohnett Foundation, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Chris Hollinger and Elisabeth MacDonald, WM Keck Foundation, Kayne Foundation, Ric & Suzanne Kayne and Jenni, Maggie & Saree, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Rosemary Kraemer Raitt Foundation, Roth Family Foundation, Father Christmas Barbara Foundation, Monica J. Shilling, S. Mark Taper Foundation, Ellie and Tom Wertheimer, Lucy Wild and Jason Wolff, and Kristin and Jeff Worthe. About KCRW
KCRW creates and curates a unique blend of content focused on music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration, and insightful public affairs. KCRW is driven by the spirit of Los Angela and delivers in innovative ways – over the radio, digitally and in person – to diverse and curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service from Santa Monica College, KCRW, is broadcast in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, through the KCRW app and Santa Monica College and the Center for Media and Design (CMD)
Founded in 1929, Santa Monica College is a two-year community college accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). SMC is the leader among 114 community colleges in California for transfers to University of California, USC, and Loyola Marymount University. SMC offers over 110 career-focused diplomas and certificates in areas such as Early Childhood Education, game design, animation, film production, accounting and many more, which prepare students for direct entry into the labor market or transfer, taught by professors and industry professionals in the classroom worldwide in state-of-the-art facilities. The college offers an affordable route to high-demand careers and an academic experience comparable to that of four-year institutions at a fraction of the cost. This includes the only Bachelor of Science in Interaction Design offered at a community college. Santa Monica College serves its community through news and cultural enrichment through its radio station KCRW (89.9 FM) and The wide Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center; and lifelong learning through distinctive programs such as its Distinguished Program for Seniors.Located in the heart of the entertainment district and “Silicon Beach”, surrounded by numerous media companies and technology startups, the new Center for Media and Design (CMD) brings together all SMC programs focused on the development and design of multimedia content, including the bachelor’s program in Interaction Design (IxD), on a campus. CMD’s new 30,000-square-foot building houses the Media Wing, with a post-production room, student radio station and production suite, multiple editing bays, and a TV and film production studio with control rooms and green screen, an art workshop, a café and a new 180-seat auditorium. It was designed from the ground up to encourage the kind of collaboration essential to success in today’s changing media environment. The newly renovated 50,000 square foot education center housing the Design Wing includes computer, design and general education rooms, faculty offices, student services offices, newspapers, a tutoring lab, a computer lab, meeting rooms and collaborative spaces.


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