Kevin Ferguson Producer/ Reporter, Off-Ramp
Kevin Ferguson produces and reports for KPCC's Off-Ramp.
Born in Long Beach, California, Kevin graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in Spanish. Before joining KPCC, Kevin worked for Marketplace and the District Weekly, a Long Beach magazine. He's also covered music, art and news for OC Weekly, LA Record, Arthur Magazine, and Riviera.
Stories by Kevin Ferguson
Just this past week LA Weekly announced its newest hire: incoming music editor, Ben Westhoff. Ben is the author of several books and has written for Spin, the Village Voice and New York Magazine. Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson talked with Ben to better know him before he heads out West.
Props to Eastsider LA, for endeavoring to answer a timely question I've always wondered as an LA/Long Beach resident: did I just hear gunshots or fireworks? It's a gruesome thought for most people in the middle of the night: I know that loud *BANG* I heard was probably fireworks, but what if it wasn't? Couldn't a potential gunman take advantage of that kind of doubt? What if I'm wrong, did I just waste everyone's time?
Last night's Southern California Journalism Awards was a good night for KPCC: Susan Valot took home Radio Journalist of the Year, AirTalk took home a couple awards, Brian Watt for best short feature, and the Madeleine Brand Show won first place in long feature for their heartbreaking, life-affirming and historic story about the LA River.
If he has his way, Lakers Forward Ron Artest (who gave one of the most life-affirming post game interviews in American history, watch it if you don't believe me) won't be Ron Artest anymore.
Come! Celebrate the long and pleasantly egalitarian history of paddleboarding tomorrow morning, bright and early at 8:15am. It's the Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival: featuring both paddleboard and dory races, live music and even a pop-up paddleboard museum!
The weekend before last, John talked with Robert Stanton, father of Jordan Stanton, a marine corporal who was killed in Afghanistan at age 20. Robert has been a strong supporter of Fisher House, an organization that provides free or low cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers.
When he isn't busy steering things at Ice Cream Man, or running an aggressive, brilliant campaign to get hired as Pabst Blue Ribbon's Social Media Manager, Long Beach's David Gooch is a Hall and Oates fan, like many of us.
And all it took was a click of the "backspace" key! Here:
For more than a decade, the large sign over Highland Park’s only movie theater was hard to see at night. A ceremony recently shed light on the neighborhood’s resurgence.
Ranting here for a sec: Sometimes even great columnists make missteps, and I kind of feel Steve Lopez made a big one in today's Times. In his classic, casual and not at all callous voice, Lopez offered his take on the brewing Schwarzenegger scandal, writing:
For 10 years now, growing numbers of L.A. residents have been lining up around the block to get into Hollywood Forever Cemetery every spring and summer. They aren't waiting to pay their respects, or visit a famous grave, but to see a classic movie under the moonlight - sometimes just a few feet from where the stars of the film are buried. This season is the 10-year anniversary of Cinespia, the group that organizes the cemetery screenings.
James Thomas Buchanan Dickson (better known as just "Jim") died earlier this month, he was 80. Known as the "father of the Byrds" we can thank him not only for getting Roger Mcguinn and Gene Clark into a studio but also for producing albums by Gram Parsons' indispensible Flying Burrito Brothers.
It's no secret that we're fans of Van Dyke Parks -- a local composer and producer responsible for amazing collaborations with the likes of Harry Nilsson, Joanna Newsom, Phil Ochs, the Beach Boys and a criminally underappreciated solo career.
Editorializing for a second here, so bear with me: In the wake of Japan's horrific, seeemingly endless nuclear tragedy, you no doubt remember reading stories about the droves of panicked Californians who--ignoring every authority on the subject--bought up all the potassium iodide they could find for fear that a massive toxic On The Beach style cloud of radiation would come and kill us all.
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