KCRW has members across the country and the station regularly sponsors live music events throughout the United States and in Canada.
KCRW promotes a great deal of live music events nationally, featuring both established and emerging artists.
News and information programs dominate weekday early morning and daytime schedules from 3am to 9am PST with NPR's Morning Edition, and from noon to 8pm PST.
Music programming is broadcast from evening to early morning, and again from am to noon PST with the station's signature music program Morning Becomes Eclectic.
KCRW was founded in 1945 to train servicemen returning from World War II in the then-new technology, FM broadcasting—hence its call letters, which stand for College Radio Workshop.
It was a charter member of NPR in 1970, making Santa Monica College the second community college to own a public radio or television station. Ferro is also the President of the KCRW Foundation, which provides financial support and other resources to ensure that KCRW can maintain and expand its mission consistent with economic, social and technological developments.
The station's main transmitter is located in Los Angeles' Laurel Canyon district and broadcasts in the HD radio format.Longtime KCRW DJ Jason Bentley is the current host and music director.KCRW has given initial exposure to artists such as Coldplay, Norah Jones, Sigur Ros, Damien Rice, and David Gray.KCRW provides three different live streams: the live broadcast, a 24-hour music service, and a 24-hour news service.Streams are available using Adobe Flash played through web browsers, with alternate streams offered using the PLS file format, which can be played using software such as i Tunes, Winamp and Real Player.