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Nic Harcourt Amps Up KCSN-FM Radio Show

Beginning this weekend, Nic Harcourt will have a couple of additional co-hosts of sorts for his 88.5 FM Saturday afternoon program – The Guitar Center and Filter magazine. The focus will also shift more specifically to spotlighting emerging, unsigned talent.

Per a report by LA Times music writer Randy Lewis, the association with LA’s leading musical instruments purveyor means the show title will change from Connections with Nic Harcourt to Connections Made by Guitar Center. The tweaked program will also be syndicated and made available via guitarcenter.com:

“There is more good music being made today than ever before,” Harcourt said in a statement. He came to KCSN last year from KCRW-FM (89.9), where he had once been music director and host of Morning Becomes Eclectic. “If you don’t have the time to troll through the vast array of music blogs, YouTube and social spaces, Connections is a place where we’ll do it for you.”

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Trio of U2 Believers Powers Relaunch of KCSN-FM

When a public radio station rechristened this summer as the home of “smart rock” hopes for good publicity, it really can’t do much better than glowing words of endorsement from Paul McGuinness. The manager of U2 is front and center in Randy LewisLA Times write-up about Cal State Northridge’s KCSN, praising the efforts of new program director Sky Daniels to transform the formerly automated classical music outfit into a non-profit champion of emerging pop and rock n’roll artists.

Daniels was an early supporter of U2 while the music director at WLUP in Chicago and later joined the band’s record company. He is now working at 88.5 FM on the LA dial with two other early Bono boosters–former KCRW “Morning Becomes Eclectic” host Nic Harcourt and ex-LA Times critic Robert Hilburn:

Hilburn covered U2′s first Los Angeles concert in 1981, singling it out from a wave of overseas arrivals at the time: “The band with the most commercial potential here may be U2, a gutsy and richly talented Irish quartet,” he wrote.

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Surprise! Nic Harcourt Goes to KCSN

Didn’t see this coming. When we reported yesterday that longtime KCRW music director Nic Harcourt was leaving the station after 12 years, we assumed it was because his big new gig as music supervisor in residence of MTV was taking up all his time. Not true, we’re now told. Harcourt will be joining KCSN 88.5 as a weekend host and will “contribute daily commentary on new artists of note.” Harcourt starts his new gig in mid-July.

KCSN recently hired a new program director Sky Daniels. Looks like they’re trying to make some waves. Signing up Harcourt is obviously a big one.

Previously on FishbowlLA: Nic Harcourt Leaving KCRW for Full-Time MTV Gig