National Public Radio’s flagship affiliate in L.A., KCRW, has tapped British deejay Nic Harcourt to replace the Chris Douridas as host of the station’s signature music show “Morning Becomes Eclectic.”
The popular three-hour program, which features a broad format and puts a premium on discovering new acts, is considered a prime industry showcase.
Harcourt, with experience at stations in New York, Hawaii and Australia, also becomes KCRW’s creative music director. He beat about 500 applicants for the position and begins work April 20.
He comes to KCRW after seven years at WDST in Woodstock, N.Y., where he served as music director, host of “Nic in the Morning” and, for the past year, program director. His philosophy at WDST was to introduce new music ahead of the curve, much as it will be at KCRW.
“I’m being given the opportunity to go from the coolest small-market station to the coolest major-market station,” Harcourt said. “I’m looking forward to building on the musical traditions that Chris Douridas, and before him, Tom Schnabel, have established.”
KCRW G.M. Ruth Seymour said her new hire is “committed to a music experience that celebrates innovation, creativity and diversity.”
It was Karen Glauber, senior VP of Hits magazine, who called the station’s attention to Harcourt. “Nic’s musical knowledge is encyclopedic,” she said. “And he has unbelievable passion for the art form.”
Sky Daniels, general manager of “Radio & Records,” said Harcourt is “one of the most thoughtful and committed professionals I’ve known in the business.”
“His passion and willingness to spread the word about emerging new talent is second to none,” Daniels said.
Harcourt was born in Birmingham, England, where he became a musician and played in several bands. Later, he worked at an FM radio station in Brisbane, Australia. He came to the U.S. in 1989.
Douridas’ final show will be Tuesday. He’s leaving after seven years to concentrate on his jobs as an A&R exec at DreamWorks Records and as a music supervisor and consultant for movies.
At KCRW, Douridas regularly got some of the world’s top performers to play live gigs on the air, and established “Eclectic” as a leading launching ground for new talent. Musicians whose careers received early boosts from their KCRW appearances include Beck, Fiona Apple, the Cardigans, Sneaker Pimps, Massive Attack and Gillian Welch. Tom Waits will be Douridas’ guest on his last “Morning Becomes Eclectic.”
The station serves L.A. and Orange counties at 89.9 FM.