Campus: Northridge -- February 10, 2006
KCSN News Earns Two More First Place Awards
Cal State Northridge's acclaimed public radio station KCSN-FM (88.5) has
won two first-place, statewide awards from the Associated Press Television
KCSN News was the winner in the category of "Best News Broadcast--More than
15 Minutes" and for "Best Investigative Reporting." The station also was a
finalist in the category of "Best Use of Sound--Feature." This is the second
year in a row that the station has won first place in the "Best News
KCSN competes in Division Two, which consists of professional radio stations
in California and Nevada with five or fewer full-time staff in the newsroom,
including stations in Palm Springs, Fresno, Ventura and Bakersfield. KCSN's
news division is made up of one only one full-time employee: News Director
Keith Goldstein. The rest of the staff is made up of students majoring in
Goldstein said the first place for "Best News Broadcast" for the Oct. 27,
2005, broadcast of the "Evening Update," "represents a really solid team
effort" by journalism students who worked an entire day, starting at 8 a.m.,
preparing stories and reports for the 6 p.m. broadcast.
"The strength of the show is the nature of the stories we cover," he said.
The award-winning program was anchored by senior Jenna Carrerio and featured
a sports segment by senior Brian Flores, a health segment by senior Rachelle
Escaravage and an in-depth special report by senior Heather Sinclair on the
Los Angeles County District Attorney's "Courageous Citizens" Awards.
Senior Mystie Heckler received a first place award in the category of "Best
Investigative Reporting" for her in-depth story on "Releasing Jail Inmates."
Goldstein said her honor was particularly notable because investigative
reporting in radio is "fairly rare" due to the amount of time required to put
such a piece together.
Senior Arevik Taymizyan was named one of three finalists in the category of
"Best Use of Sound--Feature," for her creative coverage of "Veterans' Day
The awards will be formally presented next month at the association's
convention at Disneyland's Paradise Pier Hotel in Anaheim.
KCSN has won more than 400 awards in national and state competitions against
professional broadcasters and university students.
Contact: Carmen Ramos Chandler, (818) 677-2130,