Brandon Devine is KCRW’s December Volunteer of the Month!

Every nervous Nellie should meet Brandon Devine.  This guy has such a calming effect that he almost hypnotizes you into thinking that everything really is going to be all right – never mind the chaos swirling around you.  He doesn’t say anything in particular that soothes you, it’s just the way he carries himself.  Such poise…and the wisdom!  It’s in there, you can tell – you just don’t know about what, but who cares?  With that kind of level-headedness, you’d hand him all the keys in your pocket, make him drive you home and tuck you in!

Where did you grow up and are you an only child?
I spent equal time growing up in both Southern Arizona and Northern California. I have a sister. Her name is Lauren.


What is your current occupation?
Until recently, I was a researcher for the UCLA Department of Political Science

What is your fantasy occupation?
Timecop

When did you first discover KCRW?
Back in high school – My parents and I moved to Sacramento right as I was entering high school. Now, I don’t know if much has changed, but at the time, Sacramento, and Sacramento radio, didn’t really cater to new and emerging artists/trends (I think Sacramento’s biggest contribution to music in the last 30 years would probably be Tesla?). When a good friend of mine moved to Southern California, he started sending me tapes and burned CD-Rs of Morning Becomes Eclectic performances and, as a result, introduced me to some really great music. I have been a fan ever since.

How did you find your way to our station for volunteering?
I love the station, so, when I ended up moving nearby to attend UCLA, I figured I’d apply. Then, some time after, I got a reply from Connie!

What’s your current volunteer position and how long have you been at it?
Lately, I kinda bounce around. Front desk? Membership? Events?

Favorite volunteer moment?
Putting a face to the voices I hear every day. Kajon. Eric Roy. I also love it when Edward Goldman calls from the ‘west entrance’, asking to be buzzed-in.

If you could get on the mic and say one sentence on the air, what would it be?
I’m your host, Brandon DeVine, and today I am excited to welcome, man, myth, legend, and all around cool dude, Bob Dylan to the studio.

What song have you hit repeat on lately?
Marie – Randy Newman

Favorite book, movie?
“I was headed out down a long bone-white road, straight as a string and smooth as glass and glittering and wavering in the heat and humming under the tires like a plucked nerve.  I was doing seventy-five but I never seemed to catch up with the pool which seemed to be over the road just this side of the horizon.  Then, after a while, the sun was in my eyes, for I was driving west.  So I pulled the sun-screen down and squinted and put the throttle to the floor.  And kept on moving west.  For West is where we all plan to go some day.  It is where you go when the land gives out and the old-field pines encroach.  It is where you go when you get the letter saying: Flee, all is discovered.  It is where you go when you look down at the blade in your hand and see the blood on it.  It is where you go when you are told that you are a bubble on the tide of empire. It is where you go when you hear that thar’s gold in them-thar hills.  It is where you go to grow up with the country.  It is where you go to spend your old age.  Or it is just where you go… It was just where I went.” – All the Kings Men

“I thought of that old joke, y’know, the, this… this guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, ‘Doc, uh, my brother’s crazy; he thinks he’s a chicken.’ And, uh, the doctor says, ‘Well, why don’t you turn him in?’ The guy says, ‘I would, but I need the eggs.’ Well, I guess that’s pretty much now how I feel about relationships, y’know, they’re totally irrational, and crazy, and absurd, and… but, uh, I guess we keep goin’ through it because, uh, most of us… need the eggs.” – Annie Hall

Favorite thing to do outside the station (hobbies, recreation, etc.)?
I used to play guitar a lot… just writing this makes me feel guilty that I don’t make the time to do it anymore.

What does KCRW mean to you?
I could go on forever! Come find me around the station and I’d be happy to tell you all about it!

Brandon, all we can say is thank goodness you’re around the station because then we know for sure it’s all good!