KCRW is a NPR radio station out of Santa Monica, CA that offers a ton of listening options. Besides the regular lineup of NPR programs (Marketplace at 3:30 pm Mountain Time is my favorite), the station plays an immense amount of music.
Morning Becomes Eclectic is extremely popular in SoCal and is available M-F at 9am, PDT. Jason Bentley, the DJ, has his finger on the pulse of today’s music scene. The program also offers live, in-studio, performances! Where else can you listen to Beck and The War On Drugs play live on the radio.
If you miss any of their DJ’s broadcasts( Henry Rollins is one), you can find the podcast and listen to it at your leisure as with all of their programs. They make it easy to download a song you may like from iTunes and Amazon. Maybe too easy. The station is commercial-free but you can donate 5 or 10 dollars per month. It is really worth it.
If you’re in LA, you can listen to it at 89.9 FM or on the internet at KCRW