KCSN flips HD2 to Latin Alternative

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88.5 KCSN FMAfter 24 years, the California State University Northridge station has completely dropped all ties to Classical, which has been on the AAA outlet’s HD2 digital channel 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.”

Back in 1997, KSSE-FM in LA-San Bernardino debuted some Rock en Espanol tunes, but the station is now more of a Spanish CHR.

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”

Campo, “Cumbio”

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”

Astro, “Panda”

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”


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