Ringo Starr Drums Up Some Praise for KCSN

  • Ringo Starr in recording studio.

    Legendary Beatles drummer Ringo Starr praised CSUN's radio station KCSN 88.5 during an Aug. 4 interview with Bloomberg Business Week. Photo by Brian Guido for Bloomberg Businessweek.

  • Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr on stage.

    Though they made their mark more than five decades ago as members of the Beatles, both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr remain iconic figures on the current music scene, and have both expressed praise for KCSN. Photo by Telegraph.

Ringo Starr, the legendary drummer for the iconic rock band the Beatles, was recently asked during an Aug. 4 interview on Bloomberg Business Week how he prefers to listen to music today. His response had a familiar ring to those with ties to California State University, Northridge.

“At home, I do it all,” said Starr, during an interview with Lucas Shaw. “I love iTunes. Though the Beatles are streaming now and have had a billion streams, I haven’t actually done it myself. If I’m in the car, I usually listen to the radio, 88.5 [KCSN-FM]. I just love that channel, because it’s such a mixed bag.”

Receiving praise from members of the Beatles is nothing new for KCSN, which received a surprise phone call from Paul McCartney, the bassist and co-writer with John Lennon of some of the Beatles’ most enduring songs, on March 5, 2014 to thank the station for promoting his work.

“When people tell you that you wrote the ‘soundtrack to their life,’ that’s pretty meaningful,” McCartney said during the call.

KCSN mixes together well-known and deep cuts from Rock and Roll Hall of Famers like U2, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and yes, the Beatles — among others — with independent records and progressive major releases.

“Words cannot describe the feeling of validation the station has, now that two Beatles have publicly proclaimed their appreciation for KCSN,” said KCSN-FM Program Director Sky Daniels. “The fact that the story appeared in Bloomberg Business Week lends further credence to the significance of what California State University, Northridge is creating with KCSN-FM. When an artist that smashes the most streams records in Spotify history declares he finds his favored curation at our radio station, it is also a strong vote of approval for the medium of radio.”

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