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Our story

For more than 70 years, two of America’s top classical radio stations, KUSC and KDFC, have been championing the power of classical music in our local communities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and cities in between, through great music, support of the arts, and compelling storytelling from knowledgeable hosts.

Now we’re focusing on building a secure future for this music beyond the FM dial with “Classical California”. Classical California is our new umbrella brand, providing us a space where our current strengths (KUSC and KDFC) can co-exist alongside our aspirations for new services that nurture a love of classical music for all.

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Our mission

BuildingClassicalCalifornia

Building Classical California

Our radio stations are strong, and will remain vital local community organizations, but our listeners have encouraged us to do more. In a fragmented media world, delivering curated classical music with a human touch takes away from the everyday stress and helps us escape to a different place. California is a land of innovation, creativity, and curiosity. Our attitude is inclusive and approachable, and we welcome all on whatever your classical music journey might be.

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Stream additional digital channels curated in California that delve deeper into the roots of American classical music, or offer fresh mix of soothing classical music, old and new, to help you escape the stresses of everyday life, or showcase the film music of Hollywood.

Curated playlists

Curated playlists

Classical KUSC

Classical KUSC

Welcome to KUSC Los Angeles. Enjoy the beautiful calm and the joyful inspiration of our unique classical music mix and the California spirit of our friendly announcers.

Nuestra Música [Presentado en Español]

Nuestra Música [Presentado en Español]

Brisa Siegel celebra la música clásica compuesta, interpretada, y dirigida por músicos de América Latina. ¡Música clásica con sabor y sazón, de nuestra casa a la tuya!

Nuestra Música [Hosted in English]

Nuestra Música [Hosted in English]

Brisa Siegel celebrates classical music composed, performed, or conducted by musicians from Latin America and the Spanish-speaking world. Classical music con sabor y sazón from our home to yours!

Classical California Ultimate Playlist

Classical California Ultimate Playlist

The question was simple: what’s your favorite piece of classical music and your response was overwhelming. Tune in to the new 2022 Classical California Ultimate Playlist. An incredible list of wonderful music chosen by the people who love it…you!

The Great Escape

The Great Escape

Whether you need that musical deep breath, or need to push the musical reset button, we have your Great Escape at the touch of a button. Hosted by Robin Pressman.

Classical Americana

Classical Americana

Explore the diverse history of composers capturing the sounds of America from our early days to today. Hosted by Lara Downes.

Classical California Movie Music Playlist

Classical California Movie Music Playlist

The music that makes movies magical. Hosted by Dianne Nicolini.

The Holiday Spirit Channel

The Holiday Spirit Channel

Need a little of that holiday spirit, right this very minute? We know how you feel. Classical Holiday favorites; comfort, joy and peace whenever your spirit needs a lift.

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All that Classical California has to offer is available on our station smartphone apps. Download today and take us on the go. Classical KUSC is the most listened to classical public radio station in the country, dedicated to making classical music and the arts a more important part of more people’s lives. Located in downtown Los Angeles, KUSC has been a broadcast service of the University of Southern California since 1947.

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Coverage and Frequencies for the Radio Stations

Classical California is growing online and with in-person events in our communities that we will share with all. You can also enjoy our network of stations throughout Southern and Northern California live on the radio when you’re in the neighborhood.

Los Angeles
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Los Angeles

91.5 FM

Santa Barbara
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Santa Barbara

93.7 FM

San Luis Obispo
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San Luis Obispo

99.7 FM

Palm Springs
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Palm Springs

88.5 FM

Thousand Oaks
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Thousand Oaks

91.1 FM

Los Angeles
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Los Angeles

91.5 FM

Santa Barbara
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Santa Barbara

93.7 FM

San Luis Obispo
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San Luis Obispo

99.7 FM

Palm Springs
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Palm Springs

88.5 FM

Thousand Oaks
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Thousand Oaks

91.1 FM

Los Angeles
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Los Angeles

91.5 FM

Santa Barbara
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Santa Barbara

93.7 FM

San Luis Obispo
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San Luis Obispo

99.7 FM

Palm Springs
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Palm Springs

88.5 FM

Thousand Oaks
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Thousand Oaks

91.1 FM

San Francisco
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San Francisco

90.3 FM

Wine country
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Wine country

89.9 FM

Ukiah-Lakeport
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Ukiah-Lakeport

92.5 FM

Silicon Valley
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Silicon Valley

104.9 FM

Monterey
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Monterey

103.9 FM

San Francisco
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San Francisco

90.3 FM

Wine country
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Wine country

89.9 FM

Ukiah-Lakeport
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Ukiah-Lakeport

92.5 FM

Silicon Valley
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Silicon Valley

104.9 FM

Monterey
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Monterey

103.9 FM

San Francisco
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San Francisco

90.3 FM

Wine country
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Wine country

89.9 FM

Ukiah-Lakeport
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Ukiah-Lakeport

92.5 FM

Silicon Valley
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Silicon Valley

104.9 FM

Monterey
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Monterey

103.9 FM