When the San Fernando Valley’s newest street-retail destination, the Village at Westfield Topanga in Woodland Hills, opens this fall, it will feature an on-site radio studio and performance event venue for California State University, Northridge’s own public radio station, KCSN 88.5-FM/Los Angeles.
The partnership between the station and Westfield will allow the public to experience on-air broadcasts and live music from one of the Southland’s most talked-about radio stations. KCSN offers a 24-hour, commercial-free blend of rock, alternative, soul, blues and Americana.
“KCSN is excited to have been chosen by the Village at Westfield Topanga as its curator of popular music and entertainment,” said Sky Daniels, KCSN’s general manager and program director. “We know that Westfield has already attracted some of LA’s most iconic retail brands to the Village, and we are honored to be part of that mix.”
The station’s remote studio and performance venue at the Village will broadcast live daily with a programming slate that includes “Mornings with Nic Harcourt,” which airs Monday through Friday; Les Perry’s “Saturday with The Beatles” and Jim Nelson’s “Music Mix,” which air on Saturdays; Lisa Finnie’s “Dylan Hour” and “Masters of Song” and Pat Baker’s “Tangled Roots,” which air on Sundays.
“88.5 KCSN is Southern California’s premier music public radio station, as well as LA’s ultimate tastemaker when it comes to the music scene,” said Larry Green, Westfield’s senior vice president for development. “This partnership not only will provide the opportunity for Westfield’s visitors to engage with their favorite DJs and artists, but allows them to become part of the music experience itself.”
In addition to its radio shows, KCSN produces and broadcasts live performances from high profile and legendary acts, as well as local artists. The station now will be able to host these sessions at the Village. Among the station management’s plans are a live performance from one of Los Angeles’ top local artists every Sunday afternoon.
KCSN live acts in the past have included such bands as Alabama Shakes, Band of Horses, My Morning Jacket and Snow Patrol, legendary artists such as Paul Weller, John Hiatt, Los Lobos and John Mellencamp.
The KCSN space will feature large, transparent windows, providing visitors to the Village the opportunity to get an up-close look at what’s going on in the studio. It also will have a portable 16-by-24-foot wide performance stage outside the studio.
Opening in fall 2015 across the street from the Westfield Topanga mall, the Village will be home to many of Los Angeles’ leading street retail, restaurants, home furnishing, personal services and celebrity concepts, including Kate Hudson’s Fabletics, Karina Smirnoff’s Dance Studio, Fred Levine’s M. Fredric and celebrity florist Amy Marella’s Fleurish. The open-air Village, landscaped with mature California Sycamores, olive trees and native California plants, also will host 15 eateries. Upon opening, the Village, combined with Westfield Topanga and the adjacent Promenade, will be home to more than 300 tenants, with an anticipated 20 million annual visits.
A service of California State University, Northridge, KCSN 88.5-FM offers a 24-hour, commercial-free blend of rock, alternative, soul, blues and Americana, including a wide range of artists such as U2, Tom Petty, Jack White, Arcade Fire, The Head and the Heart, and Beck. The station’s programming also is available on the station’s HD1 channel and online at KCSN.org. The station reaches an audience of more than 3.5 million people.