KSSU (AM)

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KSSU
City of license Sacramento, California
Frequency 1580 kHz
First air date 1989
Owner California State University, Sacramento
Website kssu.com

KSSU (1580 AM) is an unlicensed, carrier current radio station on the campus of California State University, Sacramento, broadcasting at 1580 AM and via streaming audio on the internet.

History[edit]

KSSU was started in 1989, but was originally known as "The Edge". Another radio station of that name provided KSSU with a cease and desist letter in 1993, forcing the small station to change its identity to "The Apex". The station changed frequencies several times before settling at 1580 AM, and was run out of the campus library. At that time, the station was barely heard in the campus dorms and stadium parking lot, but the signal was so weak, most DJs frequently played when they were the only listeners. A petition was signed to obtain the frequency of Capital Public Radio (also funded by CSUS but not student-run), and efforts were later made to get a larger signal, though they proved fruitless. DJs at the time were given free rein to say whatever they wanted and play whatever they decided, since nobody was really listening. The station eventually moved to the Union after its expansion, but the signal strength remained unchanged. This was noteworthy for the legal and administrative roadblocks, which prevented a great station from going on the airwaves with a stronger signal; for instance to 35 watts on FM. In the spring of 2005, the CSUS administration essentially blocked advancement of KSSU (from the dominance of its Capital Public Radio), and put forth a plan for the online signal, via its website. (This mode of streaming on internet did not function well, at least on a PC...)

Since the summer of 2005, after going online and streaming though KSSU website, the station's audience has nearly quadrupled, and its staff has tripled (from about 20 in 2004, to about 60 by the end of its spring 2007 run).[1] This growth was due to a revamped promotions team which unofficially partnered with Unique Programs at Sacramento State; to promotions and support from Capital Public Radio and Associated Students Incorporated (ASI), the campus's student body and KSSU’s rebroadcast partnership with KYDS 91.5 El Camino high school radio station, which started in the Fall of 2007.[1]

Staff[edit]

  • Station Advisor - Susie Kuo
  • Manager - Josh Alvarez Mapp
  • Music Director - Sasha Tokas
  • Loud Rock Director - Zakk Thonen
  • Promotions Director - Brittany Malone
  • Productions Director - Chris Birkmann
  • Local Music Director - Kyle "Scott Loco" Corbet
  • Online Magazine Editor-in-Chief - Kally Kedinger-Cecil
  • Sports Director - Kyle Durham

Programming[edit]

The station's on-air programming consists of free-format student-run programming: everything from underground hip hop, to country; from metal to Latin music.[2]

Sacramento State is on a semester schedule, so during each new semester, the programming of KSSU changes according to DJs' needs and class schedules.

Awards[edit]

KSSU is a reporting station to the college music magazine CMJ, also known as the College Music Journal.

CMJ awards for KSSU[edit]

2007[edit]

  • "Music Director of the Year- Susie Kuo"
  • "Best Use of Limited Resources" [3][4]

2008[edit]

  • "Best Use of Limited Resources"

2009[edit]

12 Nominations, 5 Wins

  • "Station of the Year"
  • "Best student run Radio Station"
  • "Biggest Community Resource"
  • "Best Use of Limited Resources"
  • "Music Director of the Year- for Suzie Kuo"[5]

Sacramento State Awards[edit]

2008[edit]

  • Herky's Hero Award

Other media[edit]

Online Magazine
In the Spring of 2009 KSSU.com began producing an online magazine called The KSSU Online Magazine! The content is compiled completely from KSSU.com DJs and staff. Articles range from music reviews, show reviews, Sparky's Blog, poems, and a longer, featured article. The magazine is updated every week.
Interviews
Interviews are made available for download on KSSU.com's "media" section, including Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys, Gogol Bordello (this KSSU interview features lead singer Eugene Hutz performing an unreleased track that was not put on the new album Super Taranta!, as well as performing a rare, early form acoustic version of the song "American Wedding" which did appear on Super Taranta!), rapper Pigeon John, Los Abandoned, the Aggrolites, Rise Against, Of Montreal, and international acts like TAT from London, Matt Hires England and artist/ graphic novelist Christie Shinn from Toronto, Canada.[1]
KSSU TV
KSSU also has a YouTube page and short videos on their website about events, KSSU DJs and bands.

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