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(310) 395-2290

Museum Address:
1350 7th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Museum Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday: 12pm – 8pm
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday & Monday: CLOSED

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70 Years on the Air: KCRW is New as Ever

Bob Doran KCRW
KCRW Lloyd Johnson

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – The Santa Monica History Museum is excited to announce it will display an exhibition of the history of KCRW from Wednesday, May 24, 2017 until Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Santa Monica History Museum at 1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401.

The station’s first ever retrospective, 70 Years on The Air: KCRW Is New as Ever will detail the history of KCRW from its days as The College Radio Workshop to NPR affiliate to international presence through online broadcasting. From actor James Dean’s afternoon radio show in the 1940s to beloved programs such as “To the Point.” the history of KCRW is a fascinating look at the exciting cultural history of our community.

Visitors are invited to listen to audio recordings and view photographs, ephemera, and other artifacts that will tell the story of our community’s local station.  Objects for this exhibit come from the museum’s collections as well as from the KCRW radio station and Santa Monica College.

Early broadcasts ranged from concerts by the Santa Monica Symphony to discussion and music interpretation programs hosted by students and faculty. Later, as a growing NPR affiliate, the station was known for breaking musical acts and producing beloved programming such as “Which Way, L.A.?” and “To the Point.” Always at the forefront, the station was an early adopter of streaming broadcasts on the web. Today, the station is building a state of the art campus with performance spaces that will bring listeners into the studio as a live audience.




Joan Baez KCRW 2

Exhibit Dates

May 24th through September 30th, 2017


Museum & Exhibit Hours

Tuesday & Thursday – Noon to 8:00 PM

Wednesday, Friday & Saturday – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Sunday & Monday – CLOSED


Admission Prices

Adults  – $10.00

Couples – $15.00

Seniors & Students – $5.00

Girl Scouts in Uniform – FREE

Children (12 & under) – FREE

Veterans & Active Duty – FREE

Museum Members – FREE


Group Tours

Group tours can be arranged by calling (310) 395-2290. Special pricing is available for groups of 6 or more people.