Take Classical KUSC with you anywhere you go. Classical KUSC is one of the largest and most listened to classical public radio stations 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.
Welcome to Classical California KUSC!
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.
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.
New Curated Playlists
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.
Explore the diverse history of composers capturing the sounds of America from our early days to today. Hosted by Lara Downes.
Ratings and Reviews
LOVE the special classical music playlists!
I downloaded the KUSC app when they began to promote the Classical Holiday Music Playlist in 2019 and I just loved it! I enjoyed it again in 2020, I wish it was a perpetual playlist!
The Classical California Movie Music Playlist they created this year for Oscar season has been equally as great, though I do wish they would include more actual movie music scores than soundtracks of classical music used for the movies. Current movie music composers such as Danny Elfman, Thomas, David and Randy Newman and Hans Zimmer have as much music to draw from as the well known and beloved John Williams, and newer composer Michael Giacchino has more movie music to utilize than just the score from ‘Up’ which has been in heavy rotation. And how about the great Max Steiner?! I’d love to see the movie music playlist expanded next year to share actual scored movie music than to hear the same classical music played in the regular rotation. Don’t get me wrong, I love hearing Beethoven and Mozart but it’s time to include ORIGINAL movie scores as classical music.
If KUSC can play Gershwin (which was a marriage of Jazz with a classical music orchestra) then including more music by ALL the movie music composers would be a great step in a great direction, especially when movie music might be the first entry to classical music for young folks. Let’s foster classical music in the young!
Happy with newer music, in 2 senses
After 50 years of hearing mostly the standard Western canon and the standard practice, I am hearing some different classical composers (Boulogne, for example) and some more contemporary classical (Adams and Glass, for examples).
I’ve liked all the presenters. Thanks to Alan for being pretty much the lone voice for contemporary all those years. I miss Dennis and his version of the Friday quiz. I heard Rich read the weather backwards, word by word, one morning. And hello to Bonnie, wherever she is. I’m still waiting for Jim to play some contemporary even if he doesn’t like much of it (how about one scene from Akhenaten?), but until then I’ll gladly keep listening to his intro music, his choices of Messiah, and his pronunciation of names and titles. Many thanks to all of you!
I like classical music, and KUSC is the only classical station in L. A. I have been listening to and supporting the station for over 40 years. Recent changes in the station have forced me to become critical for the first time: playing excerpts from symphonies and concertos instead of playing the entire piece. Ex: They play the second movement of The New World Symphony instead of all of The New World Symphony. Every 3-4 pieces of music are played without telling the audience the name of the piece, or the composer until it is over. They have “listener requests” in the morning, early and late afternoon- usually with a description of why the listener likes that music. I don’t want to hear what listener request or what they like about the music. I just want to turn on the radio and hear classical music - like I have for decades. They have added another feature - have the audience vote for their 250 favorite pieces of music. The station invites listeners to vote at least twice an hour all day long. After hearing the request to vote 9-10 times in a day it becomes very annoying - day after day! Just play classical music!
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