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KCRW General Manager, Ruth Seymour, to Retire

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She's that familiar voice--love it or hate it--that appears every six month at KCRW pledge drives asking you to subscribe. First a consultant, but quickly hired as KCRW's General Manager, Ruth Seymour has seen KCRW grow tremendously over the past 32 years. Yet all good things comes to an end. Last night she announced that she's moving on, with plans to retire in February. "I am leaving a station that is strong in its identity, a station like no other in the country," she said. "It's been an extraordinary privilege to serve as KCRW’s General Manager--a joy and source of great pride. That's a pretty good note on which to say goodbye."

When Seymour was hired in 1977, the station was located in a middle school playground, apparently using the oldest transmitter west of the Mississippi. Today, with its 13 transmitters, the Santa Monica-college based station can be found throughout Southern California and all over the internet.