The Independent 88.5 FM is a member-supported, public radio station broadcasting live from the campuses of California State University, Northridge and Saddleback College. 88.5 FM relies heavily on financial support from individual donors and underwriting sponsors. That means we rely on you, the public, to keep the unique format and community service for CSUN, Saddleback College, and Southern California on the air.
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88.5 FM’s “Triple-A” (Adult Album Alternative) format is exclusive in the Southern California marketplace. Music programming includes live in-studio sessions and interviews with well established and emerging artists. 88.5 FM programming features the best independent records and progressive major releases. Monday-Friday 88.5 FM plays music by a wide range of iconic rock and contemporary artists. We are an industry leader at recognizing and supporting emerging artists while honoring heritage musicians.
Weekends feature specialty programing hosted by radio veterans and celebrity personalities & include genres such as; Folk/Roots, Rock, Blues, Bluegrass and more.
Triple-A formats, including the 88.5 FM, traditionally reach audiences that are affluent, sophisticated, diverse, & highly educated. This makes the Independent 88.5 listeners extremely coveted consumers for sponsors.
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88.5 FM MISSION STATEMENT:
88.5 FM is all about music discovery, and celebrating the greatest rock artists of all time. We are dedicated to being your primary place to be inspired & uplifted by the world’s best musicians. When possible, we will also provide important information about community events & news. Whether you are at work, commuting, or home, you can access our thoughtfully curated programming at 88.5 FM, on our app, smart speakers, streaming, and several other means. You can trust us to continue working hard to be the oasis of great music and musical content that you rely on. 88.5 FM is your radio family. We play approximately 58 minutes of music per hour, and we are supported by our sponsors & member / listeners at www.885fm.org/support/donate/.