Hi! My name is Mukta and today's the day I'm bringing my new radio show Sunset Hour into the world! It’s every Sunday night from 7-8pm on KXLU 88.9fm in Los Angeles or streaming online at kxlu.com.
This show will pretty much be a love letter to Los Angeles and California and all the wonderful people and places that make this region what it is. I’m going to feature interviews with artists, musicians, activists, store owners, regular people who I think are cool, and LA enthusiasts about what makes this place special and unique and about the work that they’re all doing here. There will also be a special emphasis on history, culture and the arts!
There are so many different ways to experience this city as a resident or as a visitor and we’re all living side by side having parallel experiences that occasionally overlap. I think about where I live - in a duplex with roommates, next door to an apartment building and across the street from me are some very nice homes and I think about how all of us - me, my roommates, my next door neighbors, the people across the street are literally walking on the exact same sidewalks, parking in the exact same spots and yet having entirely different experiences. We eat at different restaurants, do different things on the weekends, and come from different places but if you asked any of us, I bet we’d all say that the smell of bacon wrapped hot dogs and taco trucks and the jasmine that grows on the corner of our street smell like home. And that there’s nothing like an LA sunset and that seeing the curvy river of red and white lights of cars stopped in traffic when we're flying into LAX makes us sentimental.
I posted a prompt on my instagram a couple weeks ago asking people to call in and leave a voicemail and I’d love for anyone reading this to call and leave me a message too. I might play it on the radio! A few questions - where in LA do you feel most at home? Were you born and raised here or did you move to LA? What’s your connection to this city? When did it start to feel like home?
If you’d like to submit a message, the number to call is 323-825-1685.