KCRW Media Center

The KCRW Media Center will be a new Los Angeles landmark. It will be a destination for shared dialogue between KCRW and our audience and serve as a multipurpose venue and broadcast studio for one of public media’s most innovative outlets.  The new building will enable KCRW to dramatically increase its production capacity, with 26 studios for news, music, and culture.  These new studios will provide unprecedented opportunities to bring listeners into KCRW to experience live programming and observe daily, live in-studio performances and events. To learn more, email us at campaign@kcrw.org.

Level One

Level One

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Music Library

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Dedicated space for extensive music resources.

Broadcast Studios, Music Programming

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State-of-the-art broadcast studios for live on-air production of KCRW’s renowned music programming.

Artist Entrance

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Each week artists that visit KCRW must haul heavy instruments and music equipment across the Santa Monica College campus plaza and down the steps to our basement studios. The private Artist Entrance will provide convenient street-level access for performing artists and guests that arrive at KCRW every day.

KCRW Technical Operations Center

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This ground floor technical operating center will be the virtual “brain” of the KCRW Media Center.

KCRW Mailroom and Facility Center

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This ground floor operating center will provide one central location for KCRW facility and mail services.

Interview Studio and Editing Suite

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KCRW’s basement studios have limited production space and outdated equipment. The KCRW Media Center will feature multiple audio and video editing suites for expanded production. This ground floor state-of-the-art studio suite will accommodate recording and editing.

Voice Booth

VoiceBooth

These professional sound recording booths will provide isolated spaces to pre-record audio segments.

Edit Studio

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These spaces will provide private areas for editors to produce and edit original news programming and cultural features.

Music Edit Studio

MusicEdit

These spaces will provide private areas for editors to produce and edit original music programming.

Green Room

Green-Room

For three decades, thousands of leading musicians, artists, and thinkers have passed through the halls of KCRW’s basement studios. We’ve never been able provide a comfortable, private space where our guests could mingle and prepare for their interviews and performances. This green room will provide a welcoming space for artists and guests that visit the KCRW Media Center.

DJ Lounge

DJ-Lounge

This dedicated space for KCRW’s music programmers is a first in our history. The DJ Lounge will provide a space for DJs to prepare their programs and share ideas and music. It will give the music department an opportunity for cohesion it never experienced in KCRW’s basement studios.

First Floor Video Control Booth

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This control booth will provide KCRW’s producers a separate space for HD video recording of our signature live in-studio musical performances and cultural events.

News Booth

NewsBooth

News booths will provide private spaces for hosts of live programming to broadcast news features and updates.

Performance Studio

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KCRW’s 1,400-square-foot state-of-the-art performance and event venue will serve as a destination for emerging and established artists and thinkers from around the world.

Entrance Lobby and Staircase

Lobby

KCRW’s new home will have a dynamic main entrance facing the Wallis Annenberg Plaza Courtyard and Outdoor Stage. The glass walls will convey a sense of openness, while the dramatic staircase will invite visitors to ascend to the main reception area and working spaces of the building. Digital screens will highlight programming and recognize KCRW donors.

Mezzanine

Mezzanine

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Mezzanine Overlook

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The mezzanine walkway will lead guests to the private Performance Viewing Gallery where thousands of KCRW fans will enjoy live events and in-studio performance sessions for years to come.

Level Two

Level Two

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Cozy Collaboration Nook

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Second-floor meeting corner near the Welcome Reception overlooking the Entrance Lobby.

Digital Lab

Open collaborative work space for digital content creation.

Conference and Collaboration Area

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KCRW’s historic home has been a cramped basement in the Santa Monica College cafeteria building, which has no common areas and limited collaborative working space. The KCRW Media Center will feature six collaborative meeting spaces to accommodate multiple groups to gather around shared projects and brainstorm on KCRW’s next great idea.

Broadcast Studios, News and Cultural Programming

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State-of-the-art second floor broadcast studios for live on-air production of KCRW’s trusted news and cultural programming.

Newsroom

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KCRW’s current studio has no editorial common areas for production of our signature news programming. KCRW’s newsroom will be the principal space for news teams to work and collaborate.

Central Office Staircase

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This central set of stairs connects the second floor central administrative offices and the third floor production workspaces, newsroom, and broadcast studios.

Interview Studio and Editing Suite

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KCRW’s basement studios have limited production space and outdated equipment. The KCRW Media Center will feature multiple audio and video editing suites for expanded production. This ground floor state-of-the-art studio suite will accommodate recording and editing.

Multi-Purpose Studio

MultipurposeStudio

This state-of-the-art, multi-media digital studio is located on the second level of the KCRW Media Center and will accommodate live performances and events.

News Booth

NewsBooth

News booths provide private spaces for hosts of live programming to broadcast news features and updates.

Conference and Collaboration Area

ConferenceRoom

KCRW’s historic home has been a cramped basement in the Santa Monica College cafeteria building, which has no common areas and limited collaborative working space. The KCRW Media Center will feature six collaborative meeting spaces to accommodate multiple groups to gather around shared projects and brainstorm on KCRW’s next great idea.

Video Edit Booth

VideoEditBooth

These private, dedicated spaces will allow KCRW producers and editors to edit video for original news, music, and cultural programming.

Voice Booth

VoiceBooth

These professional sound recording booths provide isolated spaces to pre-record audio segments.

Edit Studio

NewsEditStudio

These spaces will provide private areas for editors to produce and edit original news programming and cultural features.

Retreat Booth

RetreatBooth

These private, singular work stations will provide insulated spaces for individual KCRW staff or producers seeking temporary seclusion from the main offices.

Conference and Collaboration Area

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KCRW’s historic home has been a cramped basement in the Santa Monica College cafeteria building, which has no common areas and limited collaborative working space. The KCRW Media Center will feature six collaborative meeting spaces to accommodate multiple groups to gather around shared projects and brainstorm on KCRW’s next great idea.

Office of the President and General Manager

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Office of the President and General Manager

KCRW Engineering and Technology Hub

EngineeringAndTechHub

An all-digital studio requires specific climatic conditions that our current basement facilities cannot accommodate; making it vulnerable to circumstances that could force KCRW off the air. The second floor Engineering and Technology workspaces in the KCRW Media Center will offer a safe and sustainable alternative to our current physical spaces, ensuring the station can advance its mission well into the 21st century.

Central Administrative Offices

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The central office will translate the best of KCRW’s culture into an adaptable open space that accommodates creativity and collaboration.

“The Basement” (Club House and Terrace)

Clubhouse

KCRW currently has no staff dining area or functional kitchen. This café and terrace will provide an informal place for staff to convene and exchange ideas. It will include a full kitchen and dining terrace with indoor-outdoor seating overlooking the plaza courtyard.

Welcome Reception

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We currently have no waiting area or lobby for the performers and guests that arrive at KCRW daily. This second floor reception area will be the primary welcoming point for visitors.

Level Three

Level Three

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Central Administrative Offices

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The central office will translate the best of KCRW’s culture into an adaptable open space that accommodates creativity and collaboration.

Interview Studio and Editing Suite

InterviewSuite

KCRW’s basement studios have limited production space and outdated equipment. The KCRW Media Center will feature multiple audio and video editing suites for expanded production. This ground floor state-of-the-art studio suite will accommodate recording and editing.

Video Edit Booth

VideoEditBooth

These private, dedicated spaces allow KCRW producers and editors to edit video for original news, music, and cultural programming.

Conference and Collaboration Area

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KCRW’s historic home has been a cramped basement in the Santa Monica College cafeteria building, which has no common areas and limited collaborative working space. The KCRW Media Center will feature six collaborative meeting spaces to accommodate multiple groups to gather around shared projects and brainstorm on KCRW’s next great idea.

Photo Wall

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Dedicated wall space in a prominent second floor KCRW conference and collaboration area. The photographs displayed will inspire KCRW producers, talent and staff as they gather to discuss shared projects and brainstorm KCRW’s next great idea.

Voice Booth

VoiceBooth

These professional sound recording booths provide isolated spaces to pre-record audio segments.

Edit Studio

NewsEditStudio

These spaces will provide private areas for editors to produce and edit original news programming and cultural features.

Exterior

Exterior

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Wallis Annenberg Plaza Courtyard and Outdoor Stage

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This 18,000-square-foot landscaped courtyard with a built-in stage for live events and concerts will also be integrated to accommodate live broadcasts.

Auditorium

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The 180-capacity state-of-the-art auditorium will be available for KCRW to host programs, performances, and events. It will be seamlessly integrated with KCRW’s  studios to accommodate live broadcast and recording.

KCRW Media Center

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Designed by award-winning Los Angeles–based firm Clive Wilkinson Architects, this three-story, 35,000-square-foot facility will revolutionize KCRW’s operations  and serve as a multipurpose venue and broadcast studio for one of public media’s most innovative outlets. The KCRW Media Center will be accessible to the public  and located in Santa Monica’s burgeoning Creative District near the LA Metro Expo Line stop at Bergamot Station.