KCRW Ups Jason Bentley To MD/Host Of 'Morning Becomes Eclectic'
November 17, 2008 at 1:26 PM (PT)
SANTA MONICA COLLEGE NPR KCRW/LOS ANGELES names JASON BENTLEY as MD/"MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC" host, beginning DECEMBER 1st. The news comes exactly one week following the resignation of 10-year station vet NIC HARCOURT (NET NEWS 11/10).
BENTLEY has been hosting a two-hour music show from 4-6p.
KCRW VP/GM RUTH SEYMOUR said, "This is a wonderful KCRW story. JASON began as a phone volunteer in the front office when he was still in high school. He grew up on KCRW because his parents were listeners. When he returned from college he reconnected with the station and debuted on the air here 16 years ago. He has a passion for the music and a deep connection to the local music scene. Moreover KCRW is in his DNA."
"I’m immensely grateful for the opportunity and humbled by the task, which is to open a new chapter for the station," said BENTLEY. "It's a reinvention of myself to match the gold standards set by previous music directors. It’s no longer the hypnotic pulse of the city at night -- it’s the ever-evolving optimism of weekday mornings.
"My show has always reflected the continual evolution of music and emerging artists. And while I built my foundation as a champion of dance and electronic music, this is a great opportunity for me to grow, a challenge I will take very seriously."