Schedule Changes at KUSC – Classical KUSC

Lara Downes | Photo by Max Barrett

Beginning Monday, February 21st, KUSC Resident Artist Lara Downes will host KUSC Weeknights 8PM – Midnight while we search for a permanent host. You may know Lara for her incredible work as a pianist, Billboard Chart-topping recording artist, producer, curator, activist, and arts advocate. You’ve also seen her host the popular digital series Amplify with Lara Downes as well as numerous specials on KUSC over the past year. To learn more about Lara, please click here.

Brian Lauritezen

Also starting Monday, February 21st, enjoy an extra hour with Brian Lauritzen as he keeps you company weekday afternoons from 3PM – 8PM, extending his shift by one hour. You already know Brian as your weekday afternoons host including the Great Escape at 5PM, his Sunday morning choral show A Joyful Noise 7AM-9AM, several SoCal Sunday Night series, as well as countless specials and live broadcasts over the years.

Jim Svejda

On Friday, February 18, 7PM – Midnight, Jim Svejda shared his final show after 43 years at Classical KUSC. To learn more about Jim’s retirement, his contributions to the classical music world, and to watch a short documentary about his time at KUSC, please click here.

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Classical KUSC, located in the USC building in downtown Los Angeles, broadcasts hand-picked commercial-free classical performances, expert music commentary and coverage of the arts in Southern California. The listener-supported station has been broadcasting for more than 60 years as a broadcast service of the University of Southern California at 91.5(FM) in Los Angeles and Santa Clarita, 88.5 KPSC in Palm Springs, 91.1 KDSC in Thousand Oaks, 93.7 KDB in Santa Barbara and 99.7 KESC in Morro Bay/San Luis Obispo. It is live-streamed at, attracting listeners from around the globe.