Classical KUSC began life on October 24, 1946, as a student station broadcasting from the University of Southern California campus. A generous gift from a U.S.C. alumnus, Captain Allan Hancock, made it possible. The FM band was so new that the station identified itself as ‘Frequency Modulated KUSC Radio.’ The broadcast day included a 9 a.m. morning chapel service.

In the early 1970’s, KUSC became part of the new National Public Radio system, going from a student operation to a station serving the community with a professional staff. On April 1st, 1973, a new classical music format was adopted.

Service to Los Angeles is expanded with a new transmitter on Mt. Harvard. Service to Southern California expands with the addition of transmitters in Thousand Oaks, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, and Santa Clarita. Digital broadcasting begins in 2003. Internet broadcasting brings KUSC’s classical service to the world.

Classical KUSC continues its service to the community with concert broadcasts from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angles Chamber Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony and the Master-Chorale. It serves the nation with limited programming produced for the C-24 Classical Music Network by American Public Media.