Irish Journalist Sings the Praises of KCRW

In a column that will have the eyes of KCRW general manager Jennifer Ferro and everyone else at the Santa Monica public radio station smiling, Irish Times music critic Jim Carroll explains how he became completely enthralled by the FM beacon during a recent visit. So much so that at one point, he was compelled to almost pay KCRW the ultimate commute-compliment:

There was one particular half-hour which included music from Action Bronson, Papa, Hanni El Khatib, Cayucas, Fritz & The Tantrums, Prince, AlunaGeorge, Laura Mvula and Major Lazer. I didn’t want to get out of the car as I was so curious about what the DJ would play next.

Carroll goes on to reference a recent Wall Street Journal article by Steve Oney titled “The Improbable Rise of NPR Music.” He agrees wholeheartedly with a quote in the piece from “First Listen” shepherd Amy Schriefer, who says the goal across the network is to DJ-duplicate that old record-store feeling of a recommendation by a store employee or fellow browser.

All in all, Carroll’s “On the Record” dispatch is a great little post-St. Patrick’s Day gift for the 89.9 gang. He also responds in the comments to a reader who suggests the radio royalty scale in Ireland makes it difficult for stations there to duplicate the KCRW model.