Engadget spotlights two of radio's 'digital age' survivors: KCRW and WFMU

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 1:50pm

New Jersey's WFMU and Santa Monica's KCRW alike "have managed to weather a storm of media consolidation and survived an internet revolution that has completely altered the way we consume entertainment over several decades -- particularly in recent years, as unique voices have disappeared almost entirely from the radio dial."

That's from an Engadget.com piece on the two stations (along with a video segment), and it's a great read about two stations still creating wonderful radio in the digital age.

"It may well be the stations' willingness to embrace technology that has allowed them to survive -- and, arguably, even thrive -- while so many of their peers have simply faded away," the site's Brian Heater wrote.

Read (and watch) about WFMU's online Free Music Archive, KCRW's efforts in digitizing their vast library, and more, here.

L.A. public broadcaster KCRW debuts web-based music submission system

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 11:30am

MALCOLM logoLos Angeles public radio station KCRW has launched an online music submission system called MALCOLM (named after the station's 15-year-old nickname for its internal record filing system).

KCRW says the new system will help "independent artists in submitting their work... KCRW is making an effort to better service the up-and-coming artists that have built the foundation for KCRW's groundbreaking music programming."

Artists can create their own profile on MALCOLM and submit 3 tracks to KCRW, even designating which DJ or show their music is best suited for. DJs can share music with each other using MALCOLM, too.

Engadget has more coverage, including KCRW's press release, here. And you can find MALCOLM here.

KCRW launches music discovery "Music Mine" app on Spotify

Monday, June 18, 2012 - 11:15am

The acclaimed L.A.-area noncommercial KCRW (often lauded for its ahead-of-the-curve embrace of digital technology) has ported its Music Mine iPad app to Spotify's app platform.

We reported in December (here) that on-demand music subscription service Spotify now allows partners to build applications that use Spotify's music resources through the partner's (e.g. Pitchfork, Rolling Stone magazine, Billboard) interface. In September, RAIN reported (here) the station released its free Music Mine app for the iPad, "to give listeners a way to sample and discover new music handpicked by its staff."

Evolver.fm now reports the launch of the KCRW Music Mine on Spotify. "KCRW Music Mine is as simple as they come, but it’s effective, if you like KCRW’s taste in music, and the included artists change daily to correspond with KCRW’s on-air playlists, which keeps the whole thing current," notes Eliot Van Buskirk.

Read more in Evolver.fm here


Friday, September 16, 2011 - 12:00pm

Southern California NPR flagship and streaming radio leader KCRW has released a free 

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