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Nic Harcourt, musical tastemaker, leaves KCRW to focus on MTV gig

June 16, 2011 | 12:22 pm

Photo: Nic Harcourt in 2006. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times After more than a decade at KCRW, Nic Harcourt is leaving the Santa Monica-based radio station to focus on a gig at MTV.

Harcourt, who formerly hosted the public radio station's nationally recognized alternative-music program "Morning Becomes Eclectic" from 1998 to 2008, will be a music supervisor in residence at the cable channel, where he will help choose tunes for shows.

Harcourt was the third host of "Morning Becomes Eclectic," after Tom Schnabel and Chris Douridas. The program is now hosted by Jason Bentley. More recently, Harcourt hosted a weekend music program on KCRW; that show's last airing was Sunday night. He also previously served as music director at KCRW and was considered influential in the rise of numerous artists, including Coldplay and Norah Jones.

"Every music director that has come to  KCRW has been able to build on the foundation their predecessors left behind," KCRW General Manager Jennifer Ferro said in a statement. "It meant a lot to have all three of our former music directors on the air here, but we wish him well as he continues to find new ways to share his unique music sensibility."

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Photo: Nic Harcourt in 2006. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

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