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Producer & Publicity Director Sarah Spitz Leaving KCRW

Veteran KCRW employee Sarah Spitz is retiring at the end of the year after nearly three decades with the public radio station. Spitz first joined KCRW as a pledge drive volunteer, and as she tells FishbowlLA, “I walked through the doors in May 1983 and never left.”

Though her official title has been publicity director since 1988, Spitz has worn a number of hats during her KCRW career. She’s a recognizable voice during pledge drives, and has left her mark on the station’s programming. Spitz founded our beloved “Left, Right & Center” in April of 1996. She recalls:

“It was originally an interview show, in which each of the panelists got to interview a person of their choice once a week from their chosen political perspective (Arianna was on the right back in those days!). But by the time May 1996 rolled around, we had FIVE Wednesdays (the original day for the original format) and we decided to try a roundtable with all panelists — which everyone loved. A new format was born; the show moved to Fridays, where a week in review belongs! LRC is nationally distributed.”

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KCRW Releases First iPad App

Music snobs, rejoice!

KCRW released their first music iPad app¬†Wednesday¬†called “Music Mine.”

If you don’t have an iPad, imagine a movable wall of music that features up to 100 artists and full shows from KCRW DJs. Fans of a specific artist can find video, photos and blog posts by using the app’s interactive interface, which was developed by Public Radio Exchange (PRX), and designed in collaboration with Roundarch, using The Echo Nest powerful music intelligence platform.

Simply put, it’s awesome (and free).

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Left, Right and Blog

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KCRW‘s wildly popular Left, Right and Center has a new blog. And like any new blog, it’s apparently kinda buggy. A post this morning apologizes to readers who found their comments cut off. Hmm. Maybe we’ll use that excuse, too. It’s not that NO ONE comments on our posts EVEN WHEN WE OFFER FREE STUFF FOR DOING SO. It’s just that the deluge of comments is overloading our system. Sure.

-Via LA Observed

Rob Long: The Writers’ Strike And The Frappuccino, A Love Story.

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KCRW commentator and 17-year WGA vet Rob Long says the most important difference between any impending writers’ strike now and the one that happened in 1988 is Starbucks.

In 1988, when the last WGA strike reached a settlement — and in this context, the phrase “reached a settlement” refers to the moment that the guild membership, exhausted and broke after five months, whimpered its way to an unconditional surrender — a few days later there appeared all over town, like crocuses poking through the snow, an awful lot of spec scripts.

The town was flooded with buddy comedies, cop dramas, blended-family sitcoms, erotic thrillers and cop-partnered-with-orangutan projects. So many, in fact, that it was clear that a lot of striking guild members, when not picketing on Lankershim or brooding about their ill-treatment, had been doing a good deal more than noodling around an idea.

Although they publicly claimed to have spent the five-month strike merely thinking about writing — and the three days after it up in Big Sur, you know, just plowing through it, totally focused — it was hard to deny that some guild members took the strike as an opportunity to hit reset on their careers. So among the foreclosures and the cancellations and the force majeur’ed contracts, there was, apparently, a bright side. Something to look forward to, I guess.

But that was back in 1988, before Starbucks and iPods and Wi-Fi. Back then, most writers wrote at home, so it was easy to sit in the backyard, away from prying eyes, and work on your serial killer spec in between strike meetings. Things are different now. These days, writers sit in public places all over town, earbuds in, laptops out. The strike is going to change all of that.

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KCRW’s Art Critic Not A Pretty Picture, Writes Tyler Green

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KCRW and Ruth Seymour seem to invite rather a lot of trouble for a politically-correct public radio station. Tyler Green, a DC-based journalist who covers the arts, has been writing about Edward Goldman, who hosts a show about art, museum going, etc. He’s a corporate art consultant, as well, with a handy little ad right on the KCRW website. The NY Times had a story about his popular class where eager fans learn how to look at art and how to buy art for $500 each. Gallery tours are included.

Green heard from a gallery owner about Goldman demanding a kickback, after a tour ended in a sale. And then he heard about Goldman hyping a picture in an on-air review..

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