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Morning Becomes Eclectic 30th Anniversary Interviews: Liza Richardson

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When Chris Douridas moved from Dallas to take over "Morning Becomes Eclectic" at KCRW, his first hire was Liza Richardson. Liza's had a varied career at the station, hosting multiple shows over the years and her musical choices are as varied as her resume.

She currently hosts Saturday night's "The Drop" from 9pm to midnight. She specializes in underground music and limited releases on vinyl.

Continuing our series on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of "Morning Becomes Eclectic," Richardson tells us a few things about passion, switching and the time of day.

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LAist: You traffic in vinyl on "The Drop," but recently there's been a lot of talk about the upgrades to the KCRW music library. What effect, if any, will the digitization of the music library change your show? Might you eschew the new system and stick to CDs and vinyl?

Richardson: I’ll just have to take more prep time. It will be a big learning curve, but there will be a lot of good things about it that I’ll just have to get used to. I’ll still play vinyl, but I’ll play it in a digital format, if that makes any sense.

LAist: Speaking of new technology, how has the Internet changed the way you source new music? Do you use sites like MySpace, iTunes or PodShow's music network to find new music and/or do bands find you via those same sites?

Richardson: I use the Internet constantly — no paucity of research at my place every day. I check out taste-making sites such as Other Music, and Picadilly. I use MySpace, iTunes as a reference (but I don’t buy music on iTunes because it’s copy-protected and my job requires me to share music with clients and directors). I search blogs, Scott Perry’s New Music Tip Sheet, charts, Google, Allmusic, performance society sites, whatever.

People reach out to me on MySpace but it’s impossible to respond to unsolicited music and all the unfiltered junk I get all the time. Good music finds its way to me in more traditional ways – I hear about it from friends, read about it in my research, or it gets sent to my office with a proper presentation, or from someone I have a relationship with, who I trust and they know me and my taste.