Monday, February 24, 2014

KCET Launches New Music Series, ‘Studio A’

With commercial radio continuing to mostly turn its collective back on new music, how great is it for Southern California audiences that KCET (and KCSN-FM) is launching a new music series celebrating area music makers. Here is the official media release…

KCET Launches New Music Series, ‘Studio A’,
Showcasing Southern California Artists and Bands 
Public Radio Music Station, 88.5 KCSN-FM to Simulcast the Series
Friday Nights - Beginning March 7 at 10 p.m. 
Original Series to Feature Performances and Interviews from SoCal’s Top Acts, including, Chicano Batman, Best Coast, The Internet, Chelsea Wolfe,
Run River North and more

Burbank, Calif. – Feb. 24, 2014 – KCET, the nation’s largest independent public television station serving Southern and Central California, has announced the launch of Studio A, an original music series showcasing Southern California’s top musical talent. The series premieres on KCET on March 4 at 10 p.m. and repeats Fridays at 10 p.m. Public radio music station, KCSN-FM, which broadcasts from the campus of California State University, Northridge, will also simulcast the series Friday nights, beginning March 7 at 10 p.m.
“We’re excited to offer a unique music series to KCET viewers who are passionate about the diverse musical landscape in Southern California,” said Juan Devis, executive producer of the new series and Vice President of Arts and Culture Programming at KCETLink. “Our collaboration with KCSN was a natural fit, as their commitment to independent and emerging artists was in sync with the programming goals for the series.  We are excited to provide a multiplatform approach to enjoying this groundbreaking series.”

Added Mark Sovel, music director of 88.5 KCSN-FM, “KCET is a cultural icon in Southern California. 88.5 KCSN is honored to partner on a series like Studio A, as we share a commitment to giving a voice to the wide range of extraordinary talent in our city.”
Studio A will reflect the diversity of the region through the cultural backgrounds and musical influences of some of Southern California’s most prolific artists. The show will feature taped live performances and interviews from Chicano Batman, Best Coast, Run River North, Noah and the Megafauna, Chelsea Wolfe, The Internet, Deap Vally, Aloe Blacc and more.
In the vein of KCET's multi-award winning arts and culture series, Artbound, the format of the series will showcase an uninterrupted musical set, as well as the cultural stories from which these artists draw their inspiration, including historical and geographical influences. From throwback ’70s Latin ballads, neo-soul, freak-folk, Mexican Jarocho, and Cumbias, Southern California is a musical melting pot; Studio Aintends to capture the essence Los Angeles from a musical perspective.
For information on the series, videos and other assets, please visit

On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its 50-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit KCET is a service of KCETLink.

A listener-supported public radio station, a service of California State University, Northridge, 88.5 KCSN offers a 24-hour, commercial-free blend of rock, alternative, indie, soul, blues and Americana. The station features artists such as Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Bruce Springsteen, The Smiths, Haim, David Bowie and Kings of Leon. The station's programming is also available online at

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