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Nic Harcourt (born September 23, 1957) was, most recently, the Music Director for Santa Monica, California-based radio station KCRW. Born in Birmingham, England, Harcourt lived in Lichfield, England and Australia before coming to the United States. Before joining KCRW, Harcourt worked for eight years as a news director and music director at radio station WDST in Woodstock, New York.

Upon joining KCRW in 1998, Harcourt hosted and edited the daily radio show Morning Becomes Eclectic. A weekly version of the show called Sounds Eclectic, launched in 2000, was broadcast on several other stations in cooperation with PRI. The shows, recorded from The Village Studios in Los Angeles often featured live performances by artists, both popular and obscure.

Artists including Dido and Travis have credited Harcourt for recognizing them early in their career. Harcourt was also credited with helping to launch Coldplay's career as well as those of Norah Jones, Pete Yorn, and David Gray. He played a demo CD by Jem which launched her singing career, and was the first DJ in America to play Franz Ferdinand. He has been described by music writer Mark Weingarten as "the most influential DJ in America."

Harcourt recently published Music Lust, a book of "recommended listening for every mood, moment and reason." He has also worked as music consultant/supervisor for several television shows and movies, including: Gone Baby Gone, Love Monkey, The Dukes of Hazzard movie, Life As We Know It, Igby Goes Down, and most recently the new teen drama 90210 (TV series). Harcourt is also the American national voice of the current Land Rover advertising campaign.

On November 10, 2008, Harcourt announced that he would leave his role with Morning Becomes Eclectic and resign as music director for KCRW as of November 30, 2008,[1][2], while offering a new show on Sundays. Jason Bentley stepped up to replace Harcourt on both Morning becomes Eclectic and as music director.[3]

Upon stepping down from KCRW, Harcourt founded his own company, SamLuna Media Inc., to develop TV and movie projects.

Harcourt is currently Editor at Large: Music and Culture for LA: The Los Angeles Times Magazine



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