KCSN/Los Angeles is proud to announce that legendary music industry veteran, Nic Harcourt, is joining the station. KCSN 88.5 FM is the non-commercial station that broadcasts a Triple-A format from California State University, Northridge.
Harcourt worked for KCRW/Los Angeles for 12 years, 10 as music director and host of the highly influential “Morning Becomes Eclectic” program. Widely regarded as an innovator in public radio, Harcourt was the first broadcaster to webcast in video live in-studio sessions and the first public radio host to take the show on the road with live broadcasts from events in New York, Austin, Vancouver and London. Many artists, including Adele, Coldplay and Norah Jones, have credited Harcourt for putting them on the map and helping them achieve stardom. He has also helped launch the careers of Phoenix, Dido, My Morning Jacket, Death Cab for Cutie, Franz Ferdinand, KT Tunstall, Ting Tings, Sigur Ros, Damien, Rice, The Shins, Interpol and countless others. He has been described by music writer Mark Weingarten as “the most influential DJ in America.”
Harcourt has also been a music journalist for the Los Angeles Times, and currently holds the title of Music Supervisor in Residence for MTV. He also serves as host of the award-winning Guitar Center Sessions on DirecTV’s 101 and n3D channels.
Karen Kearns, General Manager of KCSN commented, “Nic’s status as a music tastemaker will be a great addition to our programming.”
Sky Daniels, newly appointed Program Director of KCSN added, “It is an honor to have Nic join us as we begin a new journey as the Album Adult Alternative station for Los Angeles. Nic defines music discovery for Los Angeles listeners and will bring that devotion to KCSN. His vision will be an incredible asset to our listeners.”
Harcourt stated, “Change is good. I’m truly excited about the opportunity to work with the team at KCSN as they build a dynamic new music format for Los Angeles.”
Harcourt will join KCSN as a weekend host in mid-July, and will also contribute daily commentary on new artists of note.
KCSN-FM 88.5 is a nonprofit, member-supported public radio station broadcasting live from the CSUN campus. It was named “Best Americana Radio Station,” in Los Angeles Magazine’s Best of LA 2010 issue. This was the second time KCSN earned recognition by the magazine. In 2006, the magazine named KCSN “Best University-Sponsored Radio Station” in Los Angeles.
The station offers a 24-hour, commercial-free Triple A format. “Triple A” refers to Adult Album Alternative, a blend of rock, country, jazz, blues and Americana, which includes a wide range of artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash, Jakob Dylan and Norah Jones.
KCSN also offers 24-hour classical programming on its HD2 channel and online at KCSNClassical.org. The Triple A alternative programming also is available on the station’s HD1 channel and online at KCSN.org.