A Service of Saddleback College and
California State University, Northridge

Who We Are

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.

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.

Click here for a Program Guide and list of 88.5-FM's on-air personalities.

88.5-FM MISSION STATEMENT:   To serve a growing and diverse audience in broadcast and other media platforms with the finest in music programming.

  • Engage listeners in the discovery of music, meaningful cultural and social experiences, and provide access to events, & information.
  • Provide mentorship to students of the California State University, Northridge and Saddleback College seeking careers in the broadcast and entertainment industries.
  • Create a financially viable media entity so we may serve our communities and constituents: listeners, members, sponsors, and universities / students.



Where We Are

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