89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio Completes $27-million Capital Campaign

Station celebrates one year anniversary in the Mohn Broadcast Center

(Los Angeles, CA) - March 16, 2011 - Southern California Public Radio, and its flagship station 89.3 KPCC, celebrates the completion of its successful capital campaign on the one year anniversary of the new Mohn Broadcast Center and Crawford Family Forum in Pasadena. With support from the board of trustees, national and local foundations, and KPCC members, more than $27.3 million was raised, surpassing the $27 million fundraising goal.

Southern California Public Radio President, Bill Davis, celebrating his ten-year anniversary at KPCC this year,says, "The astounding leadership of our board and the support of our members was inspiring and a resounding endorsement of our public service mission. With their commitment, the move to our new home is a significant milestone in KPCC's transformation from a small campus radio station into one of the leading public radio news stations in the nation." During the campaign SCPR met a $1.3 million matching challenge from another key partner, the Kresge Foundation.

The Mohn Broadcast Center, which is Silver LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, features 13 studios and control rooms as well as the Crawford Family Forum. "In just one year, the broadcast center and forum have made it possible for KPCC to expand its programming on three platforms - online, on-air and now live events," says Gordon Crawford, chair of KPCC's board of trustees. "We envision KPCC not only as the leading public radio station in Southern California, but also as an essential civic institution in the region."

The Crawford Family Forum, a flexible state-of-the-art multi-purpose facility, is convening audiences across topics and interests. "With more than 100 events in the Crawford Family Forum in the first year, KPCC is reaching the community and bringing people together in ways that previously were simply impossible," adds Jarl Mohn, the board's first vice chair. Event topics have ranged from healthcare, nutrition in low-income communities, public education, home schooling, immigration, and politics to arts and cultural, play readings, poetry slams and film screenings. In addition, KPCC and La OpiniĆ³n co-hosted a senate debate between Barbara Boxer and Carly Fiorina which was picked up by virtually every public radio station in California and covered by major national news media.

The highlight of KPCC's expanded programming is the launch in September 2010 of The Madeleine Brand Show, which propelled the station to being one of the top producers of local public radio content in the country. Hosted by long-time NPR journalist Madeleine Brand, the news magazine explores local, national, and international and issues with a decidedly Southern California attitude.

The last 12 months also saw the expansion of KPCC's digital media coverage. Digital innovation has included the Multi-American blog (multiamerican.scpr.org) which explores the region's evolving identify through the experiences of immigrants and the generations that follow. The site is curated by award-winning KPCC journalist Leslie Berestein Rojas. In addition, Pacific Swell (www.scpr.org/blogs/environment/), a new blog by reporter Molly Peterson and environmental writer Siel Ju, gets to the heart of California's environmental news and community.

Davis says that the broadcast center "has given us the opportunity to dream anew. KPCC is now embarking on an exciting venture to create a model for public service journalism in the digital age." He envisions that SCPR will invest heavily in the next three to five years in developing deeper coverage of the most critical issues impacting Southern California.

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About 89.3 KPCC and Southern California Public Radio

89.3 KPCC and its repeating stations in the Inland Empire (89.1 KUOR, Redlands) and Palm Springs (90.3 KPCV, Coachella), along with www.KPCC.org, reach more than 650,000 people each week. The on-air schedule includes all of public radio's signature programs, focusing on a combination of world and international news from NPR and the BBC, and local news from KPCC reporters in Southern California, Sacramento and Washington, DC. In the last ten years, KPCC's news department, daily programs and online services have won 250 major journalistic awards.