In case you’ve missed it so far, KPCC’s AirTalk with Larry Mantle is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, taking its convening power into communities all over Southern California for programs that have been recorded and broadcast as part of the show (11 am-1 pm daily).
Larry and the AT30 tour (yes, there should be a T-shirt) have been in Santa Ana, South L.A., Palm Springs, Hollywood, Pasadena, Long Beach, North Hollywood, and Santa Monica, with capacity crowds everywhere. We’ve seen diverse, lively, intensely engaged audiences in each place, eager to be part of the conversation Larry has led each day with experts and everyday people for three decades.
We call AirTalk “the most interesting conversation in California,” and think the live programs demonstrate why KPCC does so many in-person events: We aim to be a civic connector for this amazing, vast, sprawling urban region, bringing people together to talk about things that matter for Southern California.
Next Thursday the 24th at 7 pm, Larry and AirTalk will be in Santa Barbara at the Music Academy of the West for a free program focused on that city’s efforts to reopen its desalination plant — a local issue with big impact in the region and state. Click here for event info and to RSVP.
Here’s what Larry Mantle says about the AT30 tour:
"Though I get to hear from our listeners every day, it’s a thrill to see them in person at our AirTalk 30th anniversary broadcasts. I also strongly believe in radio’s ability to provide a sense of place, whether a sports event, live fire coverage, or political convention. When we take listeners to Santa Ana, the Coachella Valley, West Adams, or Santa Barbara, we’re able to reflect what’s happening in each place.”
Now, about that T-shirt.