88.5-FM DJ and Tastemaker Nic Harcourt Celebrates 2,000th Show

(NORTHRIDGE, Calif., Sept. 18, 2019) — Public, member-supported 88.5 FM, Southern California’s leading Triple-A (adult album alternative) format radio station, is celebrating a significant milestone in Los Angeles’ vibrant music scene.

Nic Harcourt portrait.

Nic Harcourt. Photo courtesy of Ryan Hunter.

Internationally known radio DJ Nic Harcourt, of 88.5-FM Southern California, will celebrate his 2,000thshow on the L.A.-based Triple-A rock station, Tuesday, Sept. 24. Harcourt hosts morning drive on 88.5 FM and has been described by music writers as “the most influential DJ in America.” 88.5 FM General Manager Patrick Osburn said, “Nic is truly a national treasure to the broadcast community, as well as Los Angeles, and CSUN is proud to have him starting off our day on the station.”

Harcourt is regarded as the ultimate “tastemaker” in music. Many artists have credited Harcourt for putting them on the map and helping them achieve stardom, including Adele, Coldplay, Death Cab for Cutie, KT Tunstall, Interpol, Lana Del Rey, The Record Company, Florence + The Machine, and countless others.

“I’ve been so fortunate in my career,” Harcourt said. “From my early days as a part-time overnight DJ at WDST to a decade at KCRW and the last seven years at KCSN (88.5 FM), my career has been about discovery and the passion for sharing that with the audience. Hitting 2,000 shows at KCSN is a milestone, and I’m so happy that the station has chosen to celebrate it with the audience.”

To this day, Harcourt has interviewed more than 2,000 artists on radio, television and print including names like Neil Young, Patti Smith, Paul McCartney, Moby, David Bowie, Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, Debbie Harry, Chris Martin, Adele and Snoop Dogg.

Harcourt added, “At the end of the day, any celebration like this is just as much about the audience as the host. I’ve been so lucky to have people follow me through the years, and not just in L.A. I still have people contact me every week who listened to me when I was getting my chops in upstate New York. It’s also important to acknowledge everyone I’ve ever worked alongside through my career — radio is a collaborative medium.”

Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 6 a.m.-10 a.m., will be the actual morning show where the station and Harcourt will celebrate the 2,000th show, live on 88.5-FM.

Program Director Marc Kaczor said, “We’re happy to celebrate the incredible legacy of Nic here at 88.5 FM. Not many DJs are as well respected in the music community. Not many jocks are as passionate as Nic Harcourt. I believe he’s up to about 7,000 shows so far in his career. That’s a lot of time behind the mic, we’re very happy the last 2,000 have been here, with more to come.”

The station is a combined effort of California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and Saddleback College, which began simulcasting as 88.5 FM in October 2017, linking together the Los Angeles County- and Orange County-based signals. The station’s Triple-A programming is available on the KCSN and KSBR 88.5 HD1 channels, via the 88.5 app, and online at www.885FM.org.