I grew up in So Cal. In the early 90's KCRW began to emerged as THE station to listen to. There were many other decent choices, KDAY,KROQ and 91X. However, KCRW just got better and better and better. They now set the pace in a wide spectrum of radio music, not just in the US but around the world. There are very few bands that you can think of that are truly good/great that don't receive some sort of attention from this station--compared to typical stations that play mostly junk and miss lots of great stuff. To boot, many artists perform live (great performances, generally) on the station--all archived of course. In any event, it's not just Nic who's fantastic--Jason Bentley is an important (radio) force in electronic and dance, and Chris Douridas and Raul Campos are both knowledgeable and spin great music. Then there's Anne Litt and Liza Richardson....all very good. I left So Cal many many years ago now. This station simultaneously gives me a feeling of comfort and nostalgia while also regularly sending me to the record store to get the wonderful stuff they play. I contribute to KCRW and am a member because the station is just that valuable to me and well, just plain great. You should contribute too if you can--especially with music royalty rates apparently going up.