Radio industry veteran Sky Daniels has been named interim general manager of KCSN/Los Angeles 88.5-FM, the non-commercial radio station that broadcasts a Triple-A format from California State University, Northridge.
Daniels succeeds Karen Kearns, who is returning to the university’s Department of Cinema and Television Arts as a professor of radio and media management. Daniels, who joined the station last summer as program director, will continue in those duties as well.
“We are very pleased that Sky is able and willing to perform both roles for KCSN—interim general manager and program director—and carry on with the exciting changes put into place over the last several years,” said CSUN Vice Provost Cynthia Rawitch. “Sky’s enthusiasm for KCSN and the Triple A format is infectious. I look forward to seeing what the next year brings.”
Daniels said he appreciates the confidence the university’s leadership has shown in him by naming him KCSN’s general manager.
“We continue to strive to make KCSN a world-class, artist-development platform and an emblem of pride for CSUN and the community,” he said, adding, “I want to thank Karen Kearns for her years of devotion to building KCSN, and her continued advocacy for the station.”
Kearns was associate dean of the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication when she became KCSN general manager three years ago. She shepherded the station as it moved from offering mostly classical music to the Triple-A format. She also oversaw the establishment of the station’s HD channels and the creation of KCSN’s classical online programming.
“I believe Sky is the perfect person to take the station to the next level,” Kearns said. “I look forward to returning to the classroom and teaching students who can then assist him in his mission as interns at the station.”
Daniels has a career that spans programming stints at legendary stations such as KFOG/San Francisco, KISW/Seattle and WLUP/Chicago. He also was a senior executive at Universal Music and Sony Music, and has been an entertainment marketing executive as Best Buy Corp. and general manager of the trade publication, Radio & Records.
Daniels was recently nominated as “Program Director of 2012” by the leading trade publication FMQB in recognition of his successful efforts to help place KCSN in the national spotlight.
KCSN offers a 24-hour, commercial blend of rock, Alternative, soul, blues and Americana, including a wide range of artists such as Adele, Bruce Springsteen, the Beatles, Arcade Fire, Bob Dylan and Bon Iver. The station’s alternative programming is also available on KCSN’s HD1 channel and online at KCSN.org. KCSN offers 24-hour classical programming on its HD2 channel and online at KCSNClassical.org. KCSN is a licensee of California State University, Northridge.
California State University, Northridge is a regionally focused, nationally recognized university serving more than 34,000 full- and part-time students in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas. Founded in 1958, Cal State Northridge is among the largest universities in the nation and is ranked among the top universities for bachelor’s degrees awarded to minority students. It has nine colleges and more than 2,000 faculty members who teach courses leading to bachelor’s degrees in 69 disciplines, master’s degrees in 58 fields and doctorates in education and physical therapy, as well as 28 teaching credential programs. Continuously evolving and changing to meet the needs of California and the nation at large, the university is home to dozens of acclaimed programs where students gain valuable hands-on experience working alongside faculty and industry professionals, whether in the sciences, health care and engineering or education, political science, the arts and the social sciences.