|City||Los Angeles, California|
|Broadcast area||Southern California|
|Repeater(s)||KPSC: 88.5 MHz|
KDSC: 91.1 MHz
KDB: 93.7 MHz
KESC: 99.7 MHz
|First air date||October 24, 1946|
|ERP||39,000 watts (directional antenna)|
|HAAT||891 meters (2,923 ft)|
|Call sign meaning||K|
|Owner||University of Southern California|
|Webcast||Listen Live Options|
KUSC (91.5 MHz FM) is a listener-supported classical music radio station broadcasting from downtown Los Angeles, California, United States. KUSC is owned and operated by the University of Southern California, which also operates student-run Internet station KXSC (AM) and San Francisco's classical station KDFC. It is the largest non-profit classical music station in the country and the only classical radio station in the Greater Los Angeles Area.
The station was one of the first radio stations to operate on the FM band when it officially signed on using the frequency of 91.7 on December 5, 1946.. Its primary benefactor was George Allan Hancock. It operated out the Hancock Foundation building on the USC campus and broadcast from a 250 foot tower above the building.
In the 1970s the station adopted a rock format. On April 2, 1973 new station manager Wally Smith oversaw the return to the all classical station. In 1976 the station's transmitter was placed on Lookout Mountain above the Hollywood sign. In 1993 tower was erected near Mount Wilson. In 1996 Smith left the station after changing the format to talk, classical, jazz, folk and world music (he would go on to develop WPBB).
In February 2014, public radio station KCRW of Santa Monica announced that it would buy the Santa Barbara Foundation's classical station KDB (FM) 93.7 in Santa Barbara for $1 million. The transaction will allow KCRW to begin using KQSC, USC's current repeater station in Santa Barbara, as a repeater for KCRW's programming, while transferring KUSC's classical programming from KQSC to KDB, thus perpetuating KDB's role as Santa Barbara's classical station. The legacy KDB call letters have been retained.
Notable local programming includes:
- Jennifer Miller and Alan Chapman’s weekday morning shows;
- Dianne Nicolini’s weekday noontime requests program;
- Brian Lauritzen and Rich Capparela's weekday afternoon program;
- Jim Svejda's weekday evening show;
- Jennifer Miller's Sunday opera show, and
- Weekend shows by Chapman, Lauritzen, Svjeda, Capparela, Miller, Van Driel and Robin Pressman.
- The overnight program California Classical All Night is hosted by Rich Capparela "Monday-Thursday" and John Van Driel "Friday-Sunday", and is shared with KDFC In San Francisco.
The station holds three membership drives annually to help support operational costs. These drives usually last less than ten days. Corporate sponsors include Lexus, Miramax Films, University of Redlands, Universal Music Group, City of Hope National Medical Center and Providence Health & Services.
|KUSC||91.5 FM||Los Angeles||39,000 watts|
|KPSC||88.5 FM||Palm Springs||1,250 watts|
|KDSC(†)||91.1 FM||Thousand Oaks||4,800 watts|
|KDB||93.7 FM||Santa Barbara||12,500 watts|
|KESC||99.7 FM||Morro Bay||285 watts|
† KDSC is non-directional (fcc.gov). Coverage pattern is not circular due to mountains to the NE which block line-of-sight FM transmissions. Any interference with the 91.1 (XETRA-FM) in Mexico goes both ways and is caused by a phenomenon called 'ducting'. Ducting occurs most often along coastal areas, particularly during spring and fall when temperature inversions occur. Ducting causes VHF signals to travel farther than normal. All VHF signals experience periodic interference from this phenomenon. (FM is in the VHF band just above TV channel 6.)
- Abram Chasins – American composer and pianist who helped re-organize KUSC in 1972.
- "Classical KUSC Our Mission". University of Southern California. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
- Engel, Allison. "Classical KUSC to Operate Santa Barbara Classical Station". University of Southern California. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
- "Schedule". University of Southern California. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
- https://hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?latitude=34.052230834961&longitude=-118.24368286133 Archived 2017-08-08 at the Wayback Machine HD Radio Guide for Los Angeles
- KUSC official website
- KCRW buying Santa Barbara classical station KDB
- KUSC in the FCC's FM station database
- KUSC on Radio-Locator
- KUSC in Nielsen Audio's FM station database
Other station data
- KDB in the FCC's FM station database
- KDB on Radio-Locator
- KDB in Nielsen Audio's FM station database
- KDSC in the FCC's FM station database
- KDSC on Radio-Locator
- KDSC in Nielsen Audio's FM station database
- KESC in the FCC's FM station database
- KESC on Radio-Locator
- KESC in Nielsen Audio's FM station database