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Madeleine Brand ‘Presses Play’ on New Noon Show on KCRW

Promo_madeleineprimaryMadeleine Brand launched her new KCRW show “Press Play” on Monday after spending over a year off public radio airwaves.

Long a rush-hour fixture in Los Angeles, she quit her top-rated morning news show on KPCC in September 2012 after the Southern California Public Radio station forced her to take A. Martinez, a former sports commentator, as a co-host. KPCC, a rival NPR-affiliate to KRCW, was required to hire a Latino co-host to receive the full payment of a $1.8 million grant from the Corporate for Public Broadcasting.

Brand resurfaced a month later on public television, contributing to KCET’s “SoCal Connected.” The next month, she was already reportedly in talks with KCRW.

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KCRW Brings Back ‘Metropolis’ With Jason Bentley

KCRW is bringing back its late-night dance music show “Metropolis” with its original host Jason Bentley, reports West Coast Sound. The show ran from 1992 to 2008 before Bentley replaced Nic Harcourt as the host of the stations’ premier music show Morning Becomes Eclectic. Bentley will now do double-duty on the Saturday night 10-to-midnight Metropolis shift, along with his regular MBE weekday morning hosting gig.

“With MBE, I’ve needed to really contain the amount of outright dance music and electronic music,” Bentley tells West Coast Sound. “Each of the three former music directors and hosts of the show have put their fingerprints on it in a certain way, and very likely my fingerprints have been towards electronic music or club culture atmosphere, but this will give me an opportunity to play a lot of music that I just can’t find appropriate for MBE.”

Nic Harcourt Returns to LA Radio Morning Airwaves

It was on December 1, 2008 that Jason Bentley officially took over for Nic Harcourt as KCRW music director and host of the 89.9 FM station’s signature weekday program Morning Becomes Eclectic.

Harcourt segued in the fall of 2011 to CSUN’s 88.5 FM, where he began hosting Saturday show Connections Made by Guitar Center this spring. The Valley-side Harcourt progression is now complete and once again, it is his pal at the LA Times, Randy Lewis, who has the details:

“There’s no doubt there’s a whole generation of millennials, or whatever you wish to call them, who barely listen to radio or didn’t grow up listening to it at all,” Harcourt, 55, said a few days before jumping October 19 into a program that will have him behind the microphone from 6 to 11 a.m. every weekday. “They have friends who are turning them onto new music — it’s a completely different situation. It might be a little better here in LA because kids have to be driven everywhere and their parents have the radio on.”

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KCRW Hosts Private Patti Smith Concert

Rock star, punk poet and bestselling author Patti Smith played a private show Wednesday night as part of KCRW’s Berkeley Street Sessions, and FishbowlLA was lucky enough to score an invite. We rocked out with a crowd of approximately 175 public radio supporters including Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Ellen Page, Tim Robbins, Amy Madigan and Jason Bentley‘s mom. We sat next to Bookworm‘s Michael Silverblatt, who was getting his groove on, and watched Ed Harris bark like a dog during Smith’s performance of “Banga.” Magical.

Halfway through the show the music stopped and Smith was joined onstage by KCRW DJ Anne Litt for an interview that touched on a number of topics, including music, motherhood and Smith’s award-winning book, Just Kids. When Litt mentioned how much she’d been enjoying the audiobook version, narrated by Smith, the author revealed that publishers had so disliked her South Jersey accent that they told her to re-record parts of the book speaking “normally.” Thankfully, Smith declined, and her drawl remains on the audio version.

The event was recorded for Morning Becomes Eclectic and will air on November 14. The full recording of the event will become available in the station’s archives that same day.

Photo by Larry Hirshowitz

KCRW Launches Music Channel ‘The Cue’ on YouTube

KCRW has launched a new YouTube channel it’s calling “The Cue.” The channel will feature various KCRW DJs curating playlists of their choosing. Looks like they plan to start with two shows per week.

According to the release, shows will include “criminally overlooked gems from DJ Eric J Lawrence, a dip into LA’s club scene with DJ Valida, quintessential California songs from DJ Anne Litt, visually inspiring sounds from Anthony Valadez and music that makes you want to dance – and cry – from DJ Mario Cotto.”

KCRW has already posted four shows on its YouTube page. Looks like a mixture of live music recorded in-house at KCRW, and music videos culled from YouTube. Plus, lots of Jason Bentley wearing sweaters.

Josh Groban Serenades KCRW DJ Anne Litt

Wow! That’s all we can say after listening to singer Josh Groban‘s tuneful jingle about KCRW DJ Anne Litt.

In his playful intro to the instant-mega bragging rights ditty, Groban jokes that as a longtime listener, he noticed that a recent, similar tribute to KCRW on-air personalities by rapper Shane Eli passed over the silky voiced Ms. Litt. So, presto, we now have Groban’s first love song for an LA airwaves lady.

An early Valentine’s Day assist goes out to KCRW music director Jason Bentley, who reached out personally to LA native Groban.

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KCRW Cuts ‘Are Friends Eclectic?’ Benefit Concert to One Night

KCRW announced over the weekend that it is cutting its ambitious “Are Friends Eclectic?” benefit series from two nights to one. Jimmy Cliff was originally supposed to headline a December 2 show at the Orpheum Theatre while Iron and Wine would headline the following night. Instead, the two will combine forces for a lone December 3 event.

“Early ticket sales for the first night were slow,” says KCRW music director Jason Bentley, “so we decided to make it one blockbuster night of KCRW music that will blow your mind.”

The remainder of the mind-blowing lineup has yet to be announced. Fool’s Gold, Mia Doi Todd, Belle Brigade and Anna Calvi were among those originally schedule to play.

We take Bentley for his word that the new lineup will be solid. KCRW has proven it knows how to throw a party. Its recent Halloween “Masquerade” party raised $60,000 for the station.

Nic Harcourt Leaving KCRW for Full-Time MTV Gig

Back in April, it was announced that MTV was tapping longtime KCRW music director Nic Harcourt to become its new music supervisor in residence. Though Harcourt ceded his job as music director and host of the station’s signature music show Morning Becomes Eclectic to Jason Bentley a few years ago, he remained at the station, hosting a Sunday night music show from 6 to 9. After news of Harcourt’s new MTV gig was announced, he continued to host his radio show, and it remained to be seen whether that was going to change. Sadly, we’ve learned, it is. Sunday was Harcourt’s last show on KCRW, as he’ll be leaving to handle his new MTV gig full-time.

Good luck sir.