WOODLAND HILLS—Westfield Topanga’s efforts to bring culture and art to its new open-air shopping destination, The Village, are adding up. Along with artwork by the Los Angeles-based muralist Elkpen, Westfield Topanga will bring KCSN, the radio station that operates out of California State University, Northridge (CSUN), to The Village when it opens later this month.

88.5 KCSN is a college radio station whose broadcast area covers West L.A., the San Fernando Valley and the Santa Clarita Valley, reaching over 3.5 million people. A satellite studio of KCSN is being built at The Village, while the main studio will remain at CSUN. Along with a glass-encased broadcast studio that will house the station’s DJ’s, there will also be an outdoor 16 by 24 foot stage for live performances.

The stage features a sound system by Harman/JBL Pro. On The Village’s opening day, September 18, KCSN will host a performance by singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson. In the past, KCSN has had live sessions with musical artists such as Snow Patrol, Alabama Shakes, Los Lobos and John Mellencamp.

The Ting Tings performing at KCSN in January.
The Ting Tings performing at KCSN in January

KCSN’s music, which the station deems “adult album alternative” or “Triple A,”is a mix of music from the genres of classic rock, adult contemporary, Americana and alternative. The station will curate the music played throughout the mall. In the future, KCSN plans on hosting a performance by one of Los Angeles’ best up-and-coming bands every Sunday.

There will also be a farmers’ market at The Village every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sky Daniels, KCSN’s program director, said in a statement, “KCSN is excited to have been chosen by the Village at Westfield Topanga as its curator of popular music and entertainment. We know that Westfield has already attracted some of L.A.’s most iconic retail brands to the Village, and we are honored to be part of that mix.”