During last year's fund drive for college radio station KXLU, DJ Mukta Mohan offered donors T-shirts with “MUKTA” on the front. The shirts sold out immediately, and not only because her indie-kid fan base loves the way she mixes, say, '60s girl bands with twee small-label releases with sultry French songstresses. Nope, L.A. loves Mohan because Mohan loves L.A. She hypes local bands, promotes local events and even chops it up with non-music folks such as Matt Blitz of Atlas Obscura, which leads tours of curious places around town. “L.A. has so much cool stuff going on right now, I don't know why I would focus on anything else,” says Mohan, who's also KXLU's general manager. “I don't think you can have a thriving scene without people supporting one another. I hope the show encourages others to create and collaborate, too.” —Wendy Gilmartin
KXLU, 88.9 FM, Wednesdays, 6 to 9 a.m. www.kxlu.com/playlists/mukta.