KCRW's Independent Producer Project


KCRW’s Independent Producer Project is bringing The Kitchen Sisters sound, interviewing and recording workshop to KCRW in Santa Monica.

Friday morning, November 21 from 10-1:00.

This three-hour session is designed for people who want to acquire and hone their skills for an array of audio and media projects: radio, online, podcasts, storytelling, oral histories, audio slideshows, family histories, news, investigative reporting, documentaries and other multimedia platforms.

The workshop will cover interviewing approaches, miking techniques, sound gathering, use of archival audio, field recording techniques, how to make interviewees comfortable, how to frame evocative questions that make for compelling storytelling, what equipment to use and what to pack in your kit, how to build a story, and how to listen.

The workshop is customized to fit the projects you are working on. People who attend come from radio, film, multimedia, newspapers, blogs, journalism, photography, oral history, historical societies, music, writing, libraries, archives, web design, detective agencies, farms, universities, restaurants, health care organizations, theaters, electrician’s unions and beyond. The groups are always lively and good contacts are made.

Of course, snacks will be served.

The workshop will be held at KCRW / 1900 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

Fee: $135.00.  Register here.

Questions? Email us at kitchen@kitchensisters.org.  And please pass this announcement along to your community. 

Expand your skills, meet new people, support KCRW and the work of The Kitchen Sisters.

See you at the station,

Davia & Nikki

When you’re the head of a family, it’s up to you to keep your loved ones safe. What happens when your family lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country that has been at war for nearly 15 years with five million dead? And what happens when your family is comprised of 200 mountain gorillas? Innocent Mbremumwe, a 36-year-old park ranger in the Democratic Republic of Congo, knows what that’s like.

This and other stories on this week’s UnFictional: Meet The Family.


KCRW’s 24-Hour Radio Race is a whirlwind day of high-stakes storytelling for journalists, radio makers, and daring creatives of every experience level. In last year’s contest, hundreds of producers, working in five countries and 22 U.S. states, produced 101 fantastic radio pieces in a single day — and we know you have what it take to join them.

Here’s how it works: on the morning of Saturday, August 2, contestants will receive an email announcing this year’s theme. They will then have just 24 hours to produce a four-minute, nonfiction radio piece in response to that theme. On the morning of Sunday, August 3, finished pieces must be uploaded to SoundCloud, where they’ll be evaluated by a team of celebrity judges.

Three winning pieces will be broadcast on a special episode of UnFictional, KCRW’s popular weekly program. Winners will also receive cash prizes of up to $1,000 and one-year memberships to the Public Radio Exchange (PRX) and SoundCloud. This year, there will also be two new awards: the UnFictional Award, given to the personal favorite of program host Bob Carlson, and the Social Butterfly Award, to the team who makes the best use of social media during the Race.

Sign up for the Radio Race as a solo participant, or with a team of friends. Registration is $10 per team, and can be found here. You can also contact KCRW’s Independent Producer Project with any questions. Find them on Twitter, Facebook (KCRW’s Independent Producer Project) or email them at ipp@kcrw.org.

 See you on Game Day!

This was a guest post by KCRW. 

"I decided, ‘you know what? I feel good about myself. I’m gonna go paint a wall.’"

Independent producer Shara Morris has this portrait of Hueman, a Los Angeles-based street artist making waves in a historically male-dominated scene.

Fyodor Dostoevsky was given one month to finish a novel, or wind up ruined by debt and trapped in a terrible contract. At the end of a month, he had one novel finished and a second well underway — and he even picked up a wife in the process! We think he’d have been an amazing contestant in our 24-Hour Radio Race. 

Learn more about Fyodor, and other creators who produced amazing things in ridiculously tiny amounts of time, on our blog! 

Zora Neale Hurston wrote her masterpiece novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God in just seven weeks, while living in Haiti on a Guggenheim Fellowship. She’s living proof that amazing things can happen in ridiculously short amounts of time, and we think she’d have been a great contestant in our 24-Hour Radio Race

You can read more about Hurston’s book, and about other people who created great things in crazy-short periods of time, on our blog.

This is the coolest.

Sometimes I think my whole professional life has been based on this hunch I had, early on, that many people feel just as muddled as I do, and might be happy to tag along with me on this search for clarity, for precision.

- Zadie Smith on storytelling at the 2014 Moth Ball Gala

Read the full transcript here

These are the stars of this week’s episode of KCRW’s UnFictional: A fourth-grader harboring a not-so-secret passion for her classmate, two best friends living side-by-side in completely different worlds, and a scrawny boy who became sidekick to a leather-jacket wearing badass. 

You can listen to their stories here