Best Radio Station Orange County 2009 - StarTree KOCI-FM 101.5
Readers' Choice: KROQ-FM 106.7
Based in Costa Mesa, StarTree KOCI-FM 101.5 may be young, but it's also one of the few organizations trying to unite the music scene in Orange County by giving it a home. The FM radio station was started from scratch by Brian Helvey, who told the Weekly this year that his motivating force was necessity: "We have one of the most dynamic areas in the world," Helvey said. "It's about time there's a media that showcases that and promotes that." Playing everything from local acts such as the Japanese Motors to classic rock such as the Band, Dylan and the Doobies, there's something for everyone—as long as you're within range of the 42-watt station.