Crafting & sharing KCRW stories with Pop Up Archive

How searchable audio fits into KCRW’s workflow

If you’ve ever turned the radio dial while driving along the streets of Los Angeles, chances are you’ve heard something from KCRW. From their signature music program “Morning Becomes Eclectic” to current events programs like “To the Point,” the Santa Monica station captures and broadcasts a diverse and lively combination of perspectives to Californians every day.

Pop Up Archive began working with KCRW in the summer of 2014. Since that time, the station has created over 30 collections split among more than a dozen active team members. Pop Up’s public archive of KCRW content has grown to over 2,000 hours of audio. 

Initially, the station was first drawn to Pop Up Archive while looking for a transcript solution that could scale to a team of producers and digital editors. “We didn’t have a good way to create transcripts for our shows before Pop Up,” says Caitlin Shamberg, Digital Editor for KCRW. The partnership became even more powerful once producers got on board. Shamberg adds: “Pop Up Archive has helped us tremendously in the production process. We use the transcription service, both to share audio when writing scripts and to transcribe interviews to use as blog posts or for promotional purposes.”

On the production side, KCRW’s producers use the Pop Up to help create their shows. In particular, Pop Up Archive aids the collaborative process between producers.

Shamberg says: “DnA, a show about Design and Architecture has a small but mighty production team of two people, host Frances Anderton and producer Avishay Artsy. Pop Up Archive has become instrumental in helping them collaborate on scripts as they put their show together.”

Between logging tape for private, raw interviews to help producers write scripts, and disseminating finished products to the public, KCRW continues to amass an incredible archive of conversations about California life. By transcribing a subset of regular radio programs, KCRW is making their audio discoverable for generations to come.
Check out KCRW radio shows transcribed by Pop Up:

  • To The Point: a fast-paced, news-based program that focuses on the hot-button national issues of the day, hosted by award-winning journalist Warren Olney.
  • Press Play with Madeleine Brand: Host Madeleine Brand looks at news, culture and emerging trends through the lens of Los Angeles, weekdays at noon.
  • Bookworm: A must for the serious reader Bookworm showcases writers of fiction and poetry – the established new or emerging – all interviewed with insight and precision by the shows host and guiding spirit Michael Silverblatt.
  • The Treatment: Every week, host Elvis Mitchell conducts in-depth interviews with the most innovative and influential people working in entertainment, art, and pop culture.
  • Which Way L.A.: Award-winning moderator Warren Olney leads lively, thoughtful and provocative discussion on the issues Southern Californians care about.
  • The Business: A look inside the business of entertainment, hosted by Kim Masters.
  • DnA: Design & Architecture: Frances Anderton talks to design world leaders about the latest in products fashion graphics architecture and more in Los Angeles and beyond.
  • Left, Right & Center: KCRW’s weekly confrontation over politics, policy and popular culture.
  • Sonic Trace: KCRW’s storytelling project that begins in the heart of Los Angeles and crosses into Mexico and across Latin America.
  • Good Food: Good Food explores current events, social phenomena, history and culture through the lens of food.

Not only are these collections searchable at popuparchive.com, but the transcripts and streamable audio are available through the Pop Up Archive API to be analyzed and reused, serving as a public resource for audiences and researchers alike.