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Webby Award Official Honoree for
Best Streaming Audio
-- The Webby Awards, April 2015

"Wired's 20 Favorite iPhone Apps of 2009"
-- Wired's Gadget Lab, December 28, 2009

"A few weeks ago, LA's KCRW set the gold standard for radio station apps ..."
-- Gizmodo

The ultimate radio app from world-renowned radio station, KCRW. Now with more listener-friendly features.

The KCRW Radio app streams all three KCRW channels On Air, Eclectic24 All Music and News. Music programs include real-time track lists.

Listen within the app or tap on "Play in background" (iOS 4) to listen via your Safari browser.

The KCRW Radio app offers KCRW's Music, New and Talk programs for on-demand listening. On Demand content is updated with new shows daily and weekly. Listen up to 50 shows from each program (except music shows) on demand.

Listen within the app or tap on "Play in background" (iOS 4) for listening via your Safari browser.

Listen to KCRW's award winning programming including Morning Becomes Eclectic (with live performances), Guest DJ Project, Press Play, To The Point, Left, Right and Center, Good Food, Bookworm, Strangers, Unfictional, The Business, The Treatment, and many more.

See the names of artists and songs, in real-time, as our DJs play independent, alternative, hand-picked music.

Save song titles from our playlists to remember your favorites for purchase later. Email the lists to yourself or share with friends.

Events feature information on the latest music, news and arts happenings around town. Listings contain date, venue and time information and are updated weekly.

Stay in touch with all things KCRW with an automatically updating feed from Twitter.

Offering cutting edge radio at its best, KCRW features an eclectic mix of independent music, news, talk and arts programming. The renowned radio station boasts a worldwide audience for its program content with members in every state and listeners in over 220 countries. KCRW-FM, licensed to Santa Monica College, is National Public Radio's (NPR) flagship station for Southern California.

Please note: This app features Nielsen’s audience measurement software that will allow you to contribute to market research, similar to Nielsen’s TV Ratings.

To learn more about Nielsen's digital audience measurement products and your choices in regard to them, please visit for more information.

What's New in Version 3.6

- Added ability to access live video stream from menu


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Customer Reviews

Why Why??

Hate to whinge about a FREE app to the greatest radio station in the world, which is also FREE...But when you hear an amazing song (which is often) while you're driving (i.e. looking at the app so now you're breaking the law and causing all kinds of dangers just to find out the name of an amazing tune)...and their playlist is NOT updated...really painful lol!

We are risking lives and a ticket just to find out the amazing musicians' names...and the playlist is 3 or more songs behind! There is no way of refreshing the app to update the list instantly...So we have to keep updating the list by exiting and entering the app. Again, dangerous lol.

Hard to remember what time the song played, then go back into the app when finally arrived at destination, then find the title/musician. Just want a "refresh the setlist" button instead of always clicking in and out of the app! It will save lives, MBE and all other DJs!

I LOVE KCRW, but app has some flaws

I LOVE kcrw, and overall this app is good! One of the few flaws I've come across is:
If I'm listening live and I get a phone call, when I'm finished with the phone call the app resumes where it was when I got the call. After playing a couple seconds thereafter, it shuts off completely, and I have to refresh the app in order to play the radio playing live again. It seems that instead of shutting off, the app should be able to get back on track by itself. I don't like to have to close the app every time something has momentarily interrupted my listening.
I double checked that this was not just my old phone. I was bummed to find out when I got a new phone that the problem still occurs.
Otherwise, KCRW is stellar and I love all the content they produce! They are a consistently astute, transparent media source.

Ads are actually annoying

At some point this app suddenly went from great to annoying. I understand you have to play an ad to support kcrw, but why every time I tap something to listen to? If I want to listen to MBE and tap something, I hear an ad. If I want to switch to another music on demand -- the whole ad plays again. Same with listening to On Air, Eclectic 24... switching it makes me listen to the ad again. Sometimes when it disconnects I have to listen to the ad again. It's just unnecessary. I just heard the ad -- why do i have to hear it again 30 seconds later if I want to bring up seomthing else? It's cumbersome and has made my wife and I less inclined to use the app.

ALSO the app seems to have gotten worse at keeping a good connection. It'll just stop playing and I have to hit the pause button and play again to get it going again. I have a strong internet connection. The app just isn't up to par once again.

KCRW Radio
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Music
  • Updated:
  • Version: 3.6
  • Size: 42.6 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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