“New Look”

Tuesday January 31st, 2023
From the messy desk of Amanda Eichstaedt


 remember when I learned that West Marin was not the epicenter for the 1906 earthquake, but rather Pacifica was where the quake was centered. But in terms of surface displacement, West Marin was the winner. Knocked over train engines, ripped roadways, a cow in a trench, the whole nine yards. 

KWMR named their 4-day per week news and information program “Epicenter” in honor of all earthquakes everywhere, and while the station does not always produce earth-shattering news coverage, we do our best to get the information out to the listeners that is important. These shows air Monday through Thursday from 5 – 5:30 PM and are then featured on the home page at kwmr.org. And on Friday, a digest of all programs is sent to subscribers. If you don’t receive this, but would like to, please email Mia Johnson (click) and she will get you signed up.

KWMR staff and a few volunteers has had an opportunity to learn about short-form journalism from a seasoned journalist who happened by KWMR one day, and the program was hatched. We thank Caroline Champlin for her work with us, and how it has expanded the way we are doing our work on the Epicenter program.

Meanwhile, KWMR’s Digital Communication Director, Mia Johnson has been refreshing the program logo. Here is an almost polished version, fresh off the presses for you to feast your eyes on! Great work, Mia!


Short-form journalism pieces are labor intensive, just ask George Clyde, KWMR’s former board member who produced the West Marin Review in 2011 and 2012 for about one year. It was a ton of work, and he did a great job, but it was not sustainable. 

The goal of Epicenter (the program) is to inform, and to provide a forum for conversations that are a bit longer than a 1 to 4 minute edited story. KWMR hosts strive to ask the questions that we think listeners might have about an initiative, program, community meeting, or issue that faces the good people of West Marin. We say it every show, if YOU have a topic for Epicenter, please contact KWMR Program Director Jeff Manson, at [email protected], and we will do our best to follow up!

Sometimes we scramble to find content, but there is a lot going on out there. We want to thank our partners at the County of Marin, the Public Information Team, and our District 4 Supervisor, Dennis Rodoni, for hosting one Epicenter per month, and going deep with different County departments. I have learned a lot from his segments. We also want to extend our thanks to The Point Reyes Light and the Point Reyes National Seashore, for joining us monthly with updates. 

And we thank all of you for your support, that helps us to keep do what we do week in and week out! Thanks for listening!

The KWMR Epicenter Team: Jeffry Manson, Amanda Eichstaedt, Jim Fazackerley, Mia Johnson, and Alyssa Tanner.

Amanda Eichstaedt 
Station Manager and Executive Director