September 2, 1999 |
Want to know how Nic Harcourt and Nicole Sandler think they've done so far as each celebrates one year on the air at, respectively, KCRW-FM (89.9) and KACD/KBCD-FM (103.1)? Don't ask what they've been playing. Ask what they've been hearing. "I'm not hearing, 'You have big shoes to fill' anymore, which is nice," says Harcourt, who took over for the highly influential Chris Douridas both as host of the Santa Monica College station's flagship "Morning Becomes Eclectic" show and as music director.
March 13, 1998 |
KCRW-FM (89.9) has canceled "Hollywood Wrap With Nikki Finke," which aired Mondays at 2:30 p.m. Finke says the cancellation after two years "came as a complete shock. Not only was I never given any criticism, but they never let me say goodbye on the air." Replied KCRW General Manager Ruth Seymour: "We didn't feel the program was attracting an audience. I don't throw out popular shows."
January 21, 1998 |
Chris Douridas, who as music director of KCRW-FM (89.9) and host of its influential "Morning Becomes Eclectic" was pivotal in boosting the careers of such esteemed artists as Beck, is leaving the Santa Monica public station at the end of March. Station manager Ruth Seymour says that while several current members of the KCRW on-air staff could become candidates for the job--including Mike Morrison, former program director of KSCA-FM (101.
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April 4, 1997 |
We local political junkies were condemned to a boring nightly commute when public radio station KCRW-FM dropped the 7 p.m. rebroadcast of its respected discussion show "Which Way L.A." The hourlong show, hosted by veteran television journalist Warren Olney, who happens to be a friend of mine, will continue live, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, featuring discussions by participants and outside experts on events stretching from Los Angeles to, as was the case Wednesday, Israel.
April 1, 1996 |
In a world of rock superpowers, Jason Bentley is a diplomat of dance music. In the last five years, Bentley has risen from underground clubs and the dusty consoles of college radio to become a golden boy of bootie-shaking sounds. With a jazzman's radio voice, the 25-year-old transmits tunes that are urbane and sophisticated. Whether's it's Goldie's mystic break-beats or a downbeat Ruby remix, Bentley, a boy-next-door-type with an affinity for Adidas, celebrates dance music for the cerebral.
September 23, 1995 |
There are so many short stories in Jewish culture that it's hardly surprising that a series of Sunday-night readings that began airing on KCRW-FM (89.9) shortly after the Fourth of July should still be running strong. Just in time for the Jewish High Holy Days, beginning Sunday night. Co-produced by KCRW and the National Yiddish Book Center of Amherst, Mass.
May 21, 1995 |
Ruth Seymour is in a funk. She's half an hour late for dinner, famished, but in no mood to eat, let alone be interviewed. "Maybe this was a bad idea," she says, barely audible above the din of Hal's Bar & Grill, a favorite Venice hangout. She relents and orders a salad anyway. It's been a rough day and the woman who shaped public radio station KCRW in her own image needs time to decompress.
September 25, 1994 |
It's a typical morning at KCRW-FM. Chris Douridas, the host of the public radio station's weekday morning music program, is running back and forth between his spot behind the mike and the library, grabbing CDs off the shelf that he feels like playing: indie-label rockers Sebadoh, French rapper MC Solaar, Dutch pop group Bettie Serveert, Me'Shell NdegeOcello teaming with Herbie Hancock for a jazz and hip-hop blend from an upcoming release.
September 12, 1994 |
During his long and illustrious stage career, Mako has directed actors he knows well, and even some he knows exceedingly well--his family--in various theatrical ventures. * But directing those familiar actors and family members on radio, for KCRW-FM's "Contemporary Japanese Short Stories" series, was a first for the veteran actor-director, who was born Makoto Iwamatsu in Japan. An Oscar and Tony nominee, Mako, 60, had been well-known in theater and on film, but radio was a new medium.
May 8, 1994 |
Possibly stranger things have happened in broadcasting, but Warren Olney's trans-media journey from the anchor desks at Channels 2 and 13 to his seat at the controls of KCRW-FM's "Which Way, L.A.?" remains in defiance of the laws of electronic journalism. Highly paid TV news people do not, as a rule, migrate to the prestigious poverty of public radio. Few TV anchors would probably qualify even if they had the desire, and few have the desire because the money and celebrity are in television.