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Morning Becomes Eclectic 30th Anniversary Interviews: Nic Harcourt

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While public television has a reputation of stuffiness with TV classics like "Masterpiece Theatre" and "Nova" documentaries, public radio, especially here in Los Angeles, is on the cutting edge of music and news reporting. Keeping that edge sharp on the music side is KCRW's (89.9 FM and KCRW.com) morning music show "Morning Becomes Eclectic."

MBE celebrates is 30th anniversary this week. To celebrate, the station is offering special programming today. The three DJs, Tom Schnabel, Chris Douridas and Nic Harcourt, who've hosted the show over the years will offer three hour blocks of music, including live performances and master recordings that look back on their time at the helm of the flagship program. The programs run 9am-6pm, repeating 6pm-3am.

While MBE, along with most all of KCRW's programming is available around the world via the internet these days, it started out as our own little treasure here in Los Angeles (okay, Santa Monica to be specific).

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LAist will be passing along our best anniversary wishes to MBE this week by featuring daily interviews with KCRW's DJs Jason Bentley, Gary Calamar, Chris Douridas, Nic Harcourt, Anne Litt and Liza Richardson.

We kick off the series today with KCRW's Music Director and current host of "Morning Becomes Eclectic" Nic Harcourt.

LAist: By definition, MBE gives a DJ wide latitude as to what they can play. Did you ever find it to be too wide or too narrow?

Harcourt: Not at all, I play whatever I feel like playing from day to day. I usually have an idea of what the first few songs are going to be, but I pretty much fly by the seat of my pants. There is always the possibility of a train wreck, but I am lucky enough to have a position where I can take chances on air.