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Welcome to the I Heart Costa Mesa Show! Where a couple of neighbors with a microphone live, learn and love on Costa Mesa, California. We'll be interviewing locals, sharing stories and connecting with our community. Follow along!

Apr 26, 2019

Journalist, author and music aficionado, Jim Washburn, has a lot to say about Costa Mesa - and he's been saying it for years, writing for the OC Weekly, OC Register and LA Times (to name a few.) It's always fun talking to longtime Costa Mesans - they have the very best stories! Washburn does not disappoint. Check out our podcast interview, then follow him on Facebook to get more "Washburnisms" flowing through your feed.


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On this episode, we discuss:

Washburn's Article: "My Kind Of Town, Costa Mesa"

Mesa Theater:

The Cuckoo's Nest:


Safari Sam's:

Beggars Banquet Record Shop:

OC Market Place:

The Golden Bear:

Coach House:

James Harman Band:

Derek and the Diamonds:

Chris Gaffney:

OC Weekly:

'Lost In OC' Column:

Pierce Street Annex:

Country Club Restaurant:

Greg Topper:

Pat Quilter, QSC:

Rickenbacker Guitars:

Leo Fender:

Irvine Meadows:

Pacific Amphitheatre:

The Pond:

Lotus Cafe we discussed is called Basil Mediterranean Grill:

I Heart Costa Mesa is sponsored by:

Music Factory School of Music

Mesa Water District

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Producer: Danny Thompson (

Intro / Outro Voiceover: Brian Kazarian

Music: Eddie “DJ Kaboom” Iniestra