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David Bassin

Written by on September 8, 2018

Hi, I’m David Bassin and I host “FreeFall,” Tuesdays from 10am-noon.  I’ve been with the station for a total of 24 years, beginning in 1982 when it was beginning to establish itself as a voice for new music. From 1987-88 I worked simultaneously at three Bay Area stations: KUSF, KALX and KOFY-FM, a commercial free-form rock station created with and by former DJs from legendary San Francisco stations KSAN and KKCY. Did I mention I was also a club DJ for ten years?
In 1988, I moved to Los Angeles to open the new U.S. office for Mute Records working with my heroes Nick Cave & Wire and spent the next decade exploring the Southland. While in LA, I worked for nearly seven years at KCRW, running the library, assisting the Music Department, hosting All Things Considered in the afternoons & doing my own show in the evening. At the end of the ‘90s I returned to San Francisco and in 2000, returned to KUSF and FreeFall was born! We’ve been through a lot in the past 18 years and it’s great to be back on the FM dial.
I’ve wanted to be a DJ since I was five years old. I caught the bug growing up in New York and New Jersey, listening to NYC’s AM Top 40 stations and witnessed the evolution of and transition to “free-form” stereo FM broadcasting in the late ‘60s  I like pretty much everything, but for FreeFall, I focus on a more thematic program, playing music that’s dance and beat driven, pulling from jazz, funk, soul, Afrobeat and electronica. I’ve combined my club DJ sensibilities with the rich heritage of radio I grew up with, for a mix that’s danceable for both feet and brains. Our motto: “Two hours of beats, rhythm & sound.”
Since the beginning, the program has been available as a podcast and is currently syndicated by three other online stations, in addition to being available via Mixcloud, Soundcloud, Podomatic and other music services. In real life I’m an instructor at Apple in San Francisco, where I’ve been for seven years. I like to play where I work and work where I play. I’ve been to too many shows to mention, but I urge everyone to see Kamasi Washington. My advice to aspiring DJs is: Never give up. Keep growing and learning. Record your shows and listen to them in order to get better at your craft. You’ve heard of putting marbles in your mouth to practice speaking? Try it…it works!

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