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|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 the CSUN broadcast journalism students. However, on March 1,[when?] KCSN moved all classical music from its primary FM signal to its HD2 channel. The main FM (HD1) channel was switched to an all-AAA programming format without news.
Since 2011, KCSN has quickly become one of the most influential tastemaker radio stations in America. Under the guidance of radio and record company veteran Sky Daniels, the station has attracted the support of several of the biggest names in music, including U2, Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, Jack Johnson, and many others. In the first 90 days of Daniel's tenure he brought some of Los Angeles radio's legendary hosts to 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, garnering international press for KCSN. Subsequently, Jackson Browne performed at the station's second Benefit Concert, creating a standard of superstar commitment to the station's unique artist development platform. The station remains dedicated to establishing new artists and respecting the legacies of iconic musicians.
The station continues to expand both its broadcast signal coverage, as well as its significant international online audience. Harcourt, the former host who stewarded "Morning Becomes Eclectic" to international recognition, is entrenched as the morning show host at KCSN. The station also is the LA radio partner of "World Cafe", the influential program hosted by David Dye of WXPN/Philadelphia.
KCSN is also the leader in supporting 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 vibrant roster of shows that include AAA, Americana, Blues, EDM, Bluegrass, and Latin Alternative genres.
KCSN, while featuring some of the biggest names in LA radio history, 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. A nightly half hour news program called the "Evening Update" airs at 6pm. These news programs are heard on the secondary HD2 channel.
KCSN's studios are located in the Valley Performing Arts Center on the CSUN campus.
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