KCRW launches major effort to save entire music library, a priceless collection of more than 60,000 recordings of great historical importance and cultural relevance.
The music library at Santa Monica-based public radio station KCRW (89.9 FM and KCRW.com) holds an irreplaceable archive of more than 1,200 exclusive live recordings from the station‘s studios that go back two decades, and Universal Studios BluWave Audio (www.bluwaveaudio.com) has come on board to preserve them.
The project is part of a larger effort the station is launching to modernize the entire music collection, called The Music Match: A Campaign to Save KCRW‘s Library.
There is no library at any radio station that is comparable to KCRW‘s in breadth or depth. The library has been shaped over three decades and its influence has been profound as KCRW‘s DJs have become major tastemakers.
Within the stacks and shelves of the music library reside recordings in a variety of formats, including two decades‘ worth of live performances from KCRW‘s studios that are currently saved on DAT (digital audio tape). BluWave Audio will be transferring those performances into high quality digital files at its Universal Studios facility. BluWave Audio is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of audio in a manner that maintains the integrity of the original artist‘s vision. The team of highly skilled technicians and state-of-the-art facility allow BluWave Audio to use the most advanced tools and techniques available to repair and archive audio tracks. Some of the facility‘s recent projects include All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), Harvey (1950), The Mummy (1936), Death Takes a Holiday (1934), and Coal Miner‘s Daughter (1980) as well as work for the estates of Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee.
“Universal Studios BluWave Audio is a world class audio restoration house and we feel secure handing over our precious live recordings. They have an excellent reputation and we are delighted to be working with them,” said KCRW General Manager Ruth Seymour.
Tom Regal, BluWave‘s Director of Audio Restoration and Preservation, is a longtime KCRW fan and offered up his company‘s assistance after reading about the project.
“I am really excited about partnering with KCRW on a project of this importance. Every day we work to preserve the world‘s audio cultural heritage and educate on the importance of preservation,” said Regal. “KCRW and BluWave share a great passion and dedication to preserve the music library for future generations.
BluWave Audio joins the music preservation effort. The Annenberg Foundation and RealNetworks are the initial supporters of this project. The campaign to save the library kicks off with the station‘s annual summer pledge drive on August 3. The station is also seeking matching funds from corporations, foundations, and major donors, in addition to KCRW‘s loyal listeners. Also, proceeds from this year‘s sold-out benefit concert, A Sounds Eclectic Evening, will go towards the modernization process.
Universal Studios BluWave Audio is a division of NBC Universal, one of the world‘s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric and 20%-owned by Vivendi.
Click on KCRW‘s 24/7 Internet Music Channel every weekday to hear web-exclusive editions of Morning Becomes Eclectic with Nic Harcourt, New Ground with Chris Douridas, Cafe LA with Tom Schnabel and Metropolis with Jason Bentley; and on Saturdays and Sundays for The A-Track with Anne Litt, The Open Road with Gary Calamar, Chocolate City with Garth Trinidad, Nocturna with Raul Campos. Go to KCRW.com and click on “Music.”
KCRW-FM, licensed to Santa Monica College, is National Public Radio’s flagship station for Southern California. The station serves Los Angeles and Orange Counties at 89.9 FM, Ventura County at 89.1 FM on KCRU/ Oxnard-Ventura, the greater Palm Springs area at 89.3 FM on KCRI/Indio-Palm Springs and Kern and Northern LA Counties at 88.1 FM on KCRY/Mojave/Antelope Valley. KCRW can now be heard in Santa Barbara at 106.9. Other translators carry the signal to the Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley areas at 90.7 FM, Gorman at 89.7 FM, Banning at 90.9 FM, the Ridgecrest area at 100.1 FM, the Thousand Oaks and Conejo Valley areas at 102.3 FM, Ojai at 102.1 FM, and Lemon Grove/Spring Valley in San Diego County at 89.9 FM. Every week, more than 500,000 listeners tune to the station for its eclectic and innovative non-commercial program schedule. KCRW can be found on the World Wide Web at www.KCRW.com, streaming three channels, with on-demand listening, 11 years of archived programs and a wide-ranging slate of podcasts.