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The end of a public radio era: Ruth Seymour leaves KCRW

Ruth Seymour of KCRW
Ruth Seymour of KCRW
Marc Goldstein

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She’s been at the helm of KCRW since 1978, back when the station was operating out of a building at John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica. Last November, Ruth Seymour sent ripples through the public radio world and beyond, when she announced she would retire at the end of this month. Under Seymour’s management, KCRW has been unique in the landscape of American radio, playing a mix of music, home-grown current affairs talk shows, and NPR newscasts. Seymour has been called “a grand eccentric,” but she simply refers to herself as individualistic – either way, the airwaves won’t be the same without her. Larry talks with Seymour about her indelible stamp on the LA radio scene and her plans for the future.


Ruth Seymour, retiring General Manager of KCRW