Campus: CSU Northridge -- February 2, 2005
KCSN News Wins Two Golden Mike Awards
Cal State Northridge's acclaimed public radio station KCSN-FM (88.5) has won
two "Golden Mike" awards from the Radio and Television News Association of
The awards-best newscast over 15 minutes and best news reporting-were in Division
B, which consists of stations with five or fewer full-time employees in their news
departments. KCSN's news division is made up of only one full-time employee, News
Director Keith Goldstein, in addition to Northridge students majoring in broadcast
"The judges said they were impressed with the content of our broadcast, the issues
we were willing to tackle and the thoroughness of the reporting," Goldstein said.
He added that the awards were "a validation of the quality of the student
journalists' work which was thought to be high caliber by the professional news
managers from around the country who did the actual judging."
The winning newscast was aired on Sept. 21, 2004, and included stories on the city
of Los Angeles' reduction of workers compensation costs, the Department of Motor
Vehicles' reduction of the amount of time people wait in line, fire department
helicopter pilots, binge drinking on college campuses, negative campaign ads in
the presidential race, the lack of after-school programs in public schools, sports,
health and a feature on bad bosses.
Contributors to that show were producer Goldstein and students Kaitlyn Van Diepen,
anchor and writer; Malik Lee, reporter; Matt Sizemore, writer; Queenie Conner,
writer; Moe Joseph; health reporter; Devin Saint-Albin, sports reporter; and Ayan
Van Diepen also won a Golden Mike for best reporting for her story "Operation Read:
The Road to Literacy."
The awards were presented on Jan. 29th during a special ceremony at the Universal
To date, KCSN's news division has won 54 Golden Mike awards from the Radio and
Television News Association of Southern California; ten Edward R. Murrow Awards
from the Radio and Television News Directors Association and a first place in the
National Society of Professional Journalists' Mark of Excellence competition.