- For 88.5 FM in Orange County, see KSBR
|City of license||Northridge, California|
|Broadcast area||Greater Los Angeles Area|
|Branding||KCSN 88.5 FM|
|Frequency||88.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)|
|Format||Adult Alternative (Public)|
|Callsign meaning||California State University Northridge|
|Owner||California State University, Northridge|
KCSN is an FM radio station licensed to Northridge, Los Angeles, California, and a service of California State University, Northridge. Broadcasting at 88.5 MHz, KCSN previously featured classical music, AAA (Adult Album Alternative) and Americana music, and in-house news broadcasts by students in the university's journalism program. The station has a transmitter near O'Melveny Park.
KCSN aired an all-country format, "Kissin' Country" (a play on how the call letters "KCSN" might be pronounced) until 1989. When classical music KFAC-FM (92.3) was sold to Evergreen Media and flipped to a "Rock with a Beat" format, KCSN made a play for those listeners, and went all-classical. The station would find its popularity flourish when it switched to a Triple A format in 2011.
Under the guidance of radio and record company veteran Sky Daniels, some of Los Angeles radio's legendary hosts were hired to host shows on KCSN, including former KCRW host, Nic Harcourt; long-time KROQ/LA's Jed The Fish; Robert Hilburn, the thirty-year Music Editor for the Los Angeles Times; and Mark Sovel, former Music Director of critically acclaimed LA station, "Indie 103.1".
In the same time period, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers played two small-hall Benefit Concerts for the fledgling station. Subsequently, Jackson Browne performed at the station's second Benefit Concert. Stephen Stills and Lucinda Williams became the third set of legends to support the influential taste-maker.
Harcourt, the former host who stewarded "Morning Becomes Eclectic" to international recognition, is now morning show host at KCSN. The station also is the LA radio partner of "World Cafe", the program hosted by David Dye of WXPN/Philadelphia.
KCSN also aggressively supports local music in the Los Angeles market. Both Sovel, a/k/a "Mr Shovel", and Kevin Bronson, the director of Buzzbands L.A.; have shows devoted to supporting local musicians. The station's new music library typically is represented with local artists by upwards of 30% of the playlist. KCSN has a roster of shows that include Indie Rock, Americana, Blues, EDM, Bluegrass, and Latin Alternative genres.
KCSN Was named 2013 "Best Of LA" in Radio by the L.A. Weekly, the influential weekly newspaper.
KCSN also mentors California State University Northridge students in broadcasting, music industry, audio engineering and news production.
Students also produce six minute morning news segments that air at 6:30am and 7:30am and three minute segments at 7am and 8am. These news programs are heard on the secondary HD2 channel.
KCSN's ultra-modern studios are located in the Valley Performing Arts Center on the CSUN campus.
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