‘Unheard LA,’ KPCC In Person’s Community-Driven Storytelling Series, Renewed for Third and Fourth Seasons


PASADENA – November 26, 2018 - KPCC In Person, Southern California Public Radio (SCPR)’s programming events and engagement platform, has received a two-year grant of $200,000 from The California Wellness Foundation for two more seasons of its successful community-driven storytelling series “Unheard LA.” The series completed its second season in September.

“The California Wellness Foundation is proud to fund ‘Unheard LA,’ which is particularly aligned with the goals of Cal Wellness’s public affairs strategy and its emphasis on connecting with communities and raising voices in support of health and wellness,” said David B. Littlefield, Public Affairs Manager of The California Wellness Foundation.

“Unheard LA” is a series of live storytelling shows that take place at theaters around greater Los Angeles. Each show is free, unique, and features a curated lineup of real people sharing true stories of life here in Southern California. The next two seasons will consist of five shows per calendar year.

In addition to the shows, the new “Unheard LA” seasons will include salons wherein community members can meet producers and past storytellers to learn about the story submission and editing process, hear readings from previous participants, have their questions answered, and receive feedback on developing their pieces. The salons will be convened in collaboration with community organizations such as LA County Library.

Bruce A. Lemon Jr. will return as host of “Unheard LA.” The series will be produced by Ashley Alvarado (director, community engagement) and produced and directed by Jon Cohn (managing producer, KPCC In Person). Show dates and venues will be announced in early 2019. Community members are invited to share their stories now at www.KPCC.org/unheardLA.

For more information on the series, go to www.KPCC.org/unheardLA. To learn more about KPCC In Person and to see other upcoming events, go to www.KPCCInPerson.org or contact Jon Cohn, managing producer, 626-583-5111 or jcohn@kpcc.org.


About Southern California Public Radio

Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) is a member-supported public radio network that operates 89.3 KPCC-FM in Los Angeles and Orange County, 89.1 KUOR-FM in the Inland Empire, 90.3 KVLA in the Coachella Valley, 89.9 FM in Santa Barbara, and 89.5 KJAI Ojai in Ventura County. Reaching more than 700,000 listeners every week, SCPR is the most listened-to public radio news service of any kind in Southern California. SCPR serves the diverse communities of Southern California with award winning local news coverage as well as the most National Public Radio (NPR) content available anywhere in the region. SCPR's flagship station, KPCC, has garnered more than 450 journalistic honors since 1999, more than all of the other radio stations in Los Angeles combined. SCPR features signature public radio programs from APM, the BBC and PRI. Listeners around the globe can access news, join blogs, download podcasts, as well as hear a live web stream at www.kpcc.org. KPCC In Person, SCPR’s programming events and engagement platform, regularly convenes forum programs and live events throughout the region.