Sarah Manha

Sarah Manha

Major: Music Industry Major / Marketing Minor
Hometown: San Ramon, CA
Class: Super Senior (5th year)
Program Position: Music Director | KCSC

How did you first get connected with KCSC?
While living in Konkow dorms during the 2010-2011 school year, I met a neighbor who was interning with KCSC. She brought me to the station. I fell in love, but I was too nervous to join. Another friend of mine suggested I check out the KCSC introduction meeting as a sophomore. That’s where my voyage really began. He paired me with my current cohost (now roommate), and we had an early Tuesday morning show in the Breadbox at 5th and Ivy. The rest is history.

How would you describe your role as the Music Director for KCSC?
As KCSC’s Music Director, I’m in constant contact with the radio promoters who send us new music. They send CDs of all music genres from all over the planet (LA, New York, Stockholm, and more) and it’s all received by me and the other music directors (Hip-Hop, RPM, and Local music directors). The interns on my staff then listen to everything, serving as a filtration system, determining the good from the bad. Ultimately, my role is KCSC Radio’s new music “tastemaker.”

What does working for KCSC do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
Working for KCSC has introduced me to so many possibilities, both personal and professional. Some of my closest friends are the ones I’ve met while interning at KCSC Radio. This job has landed me several other job opportunities outside of CSU, Chico, too. Being KCSC’s Music Director for the last year has been a fabulous way to dip my toes in the great ocean that is the music industry.

What do YOU bring to the table in your role as the Music Director at KCSC?
My brain is a jukebox, a music library. I like to think that’s helpful. I’m way too enthusiastic, and I love listening to and about all kinds of music. I try to provide a friendly, welcoming environment where everyone feels comfortable sharing their music taste and opinions!

What are your career plans and how does your job with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
My dream job, as of right now, is to be a Music Supervisor, the one who coordinates the soundtracks for TV and film. The journey there will not be easy, but working as KCSC Radio’s Music Director under the Associated Students has prepared me by allowing me to explore professional dynamics in the workplace and by that I truly just mean managing and working with other people. Networking is a giant part of the music industry; I’m lucky enough to have a head start!