They're continuing to do some interesting stuff over at my former radio home, KCSN (the noncommercial radio station from Cal State Northridge). After 24 years, the station has completely dropped all ties to classical music (which had already been pushed to KCSN's HD2 digital subchannel since 2008).
In the place of "KCSN Classical," KCSN-HD2 is now home to LatinAlt, a new Latin Alternative format. It's an offshoot of KCSN's "The Latin Alternative" music show. KCSN General Manager Sky Daniels explains the change:
The LatinAlt.org is the only channel in LA (and the world for that matter) that represents all forms of Latin Alternative music all day long – Latin alternative rock, EDM, Indie Pop, Hip-Hop, SalSoul and classic Rock en Español. This is a station dedicated to discovering and supporting deserving artists that have had little or no representation elsewhere in the radio community of Los Angeles.
Now they do – KCSN HD2 and LatinAlt.org!
We hope you like this new station, and will spread the word to your friends. Latin Alternative music is among the most diverse and cutting edge genres, and we are proud to pioneer the launch of the first 24/7 HD2 and online station in this format We also look forward to continuing to bring you one hour episodes of ‘The Latin Alternative’ show, co-hosted by Josh Norek and Ernesto Lechner, on both KCSN-FM and KCSN HD2.
Here's a sample playlist from the new format:
Madame Recamier, "Arriba las Manos"
Natalia LaFourcade & Adrian Dargelos, "Mujer Divina"
Vicentico, "Creo que me enamore"
Bersuit Vergarabat, "Perro Amor Explota"
Morcheeba & Ana Tijoux, "Hypnotized"
DJ Raff, "Gettosinfonía"
Kinky, "Despues Del After"
Bang Data, "Bang Data"
Alejandro Escovedo, "Common Mistake"
Mexican Institute Of Sound, "Es-toy"
Alex Anwandter, "Rebeldes"
Kinky, "Soun Tha Primer Amor"
Ana Tijoux, "La Bala"
Babasonicos, "Barranca Abajo"
Elastic Bond, "Pierdo El Control"
Panteon Rococo Feat. Sondo Caballero, "Déjala Tranquila Para Que Bailen las Muchachonas Mix"
Willie Colon & Ruben Blades, "Plastico"
Cafe Tacuba, "Aprovechate"
Diego Garcia, "Sunnier Days"
KCSN flipped from a country/roots format to classical music in 1989, after KFAC-FM (92.3) flipped from classical to KKBT "Rock With a Beat." (The following year, KKBT turned into urban "92.3 The Beat.") KCSN also aired non-classical weekend and late night specialty shows -- including my "Hawaiian Eye," which lasted from 2004 to 2008.