Monday, November 10, 2008

November 10, 2008 News

Thanks to Cary Baker for this info from the music industry tipsheet FMQB:

Harcourt Steps Down

KCRW/Santa Monica MD Nic Harcourt has resigned his posts as MD and Morning Becomes Eclectic host, effective November 30 Harcourt will pursue independent projects and continue to host a three-hour show on Sundays from 6-9 PM.

“I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to come to work every day and be surrounded by creative and passionate people and I want to keep the connection alive on my Sunday show,” says Harcourt. “Since I arrived here, I’ve fulfilled many of my dreams as a music lover, meeting and interviewing legends like Neil Young, Paul McCartney,Willie Nelson and Cat Stevens (Yusuf). I’ve also been able to set the stage for future stars, introducing artists like Coldplay, Damien Rice, Dido and Norah Jones on KCRW’s airwaves. I’m equally proud to have played many unsigned and independent artists and to be a champion for Latin Alternative music.

“As a parent of two young children, I believe it’s time for me to explore new career opportunities and expand upon my other activities in movie, television, voice over work, advertising and the Internet. My heartfelt thanks and gratitude go to KCRW, the staff and volunteers who have supported my work through the years, but most of all to the listeners. I’ve always said that I couldn’t do what I do without them and I hope they will join me on Sunday nights,” said Harcourt.

“Nic has enhanced KCRW’s reputation for introducing new artists to listeners in Southern California and beyond on radio and the Internet,” comments KCRW GM Ruth Seymour. His singular gifts as a radio deejay and his ability to spot new talent attracted major media attention from both national and international press. He made performing on MBE an opportunity to be heard by top entertainment executives. In quite a number of instances it led to record contracts, television appearances and club dates.”

Harcourt has served in his posts for 10-years, becoming synonymous with both KCRW and MBE, leaving big shoes to fill.

“Nic is a hard act to follow”, adds Seymour. “We are now in the process of choosing a new Music Director. We have been looking at potential candidates with an eye toward announcing a choice in the new few weeks.”