David Nicholas

Music Director and Host

Hired in 1990 at WCMU, David served for 11 years as the main host of "Nightside Jazz and Blues." He was named News Director and served as local "Morning Edition" host in 2001, winning several awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, and played a role in winning "Station of the Year" in 2003.

In October 2015, David was tapped to be WCMU's music director. That same month, he launched "Mosaic," a daily music show that also focuses heavily on the arts. The title comes from the idea that WCMU has become a cultural center for those making, featuring and celebrating art in central and northern Michigan. 

David is also the host of 'The Beat,' airing Saturdays from 11am to 2pm. 'The Beat' is a weekly mix of jazz, blues, and more.

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This week on The Beat, David Nicholas gives a preview of Letters from Home -- coming to Oscoda on June 22, plus a tribute to Lorraine Gordon, owner of The Village Vanguard.

This week on The Beat, David Nicholas spins tunes from pianist Brad Mehldau, new music from Joshua Redman, and revisits some classic blues tracks from Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson II.

This week from noon to 3 on The Beat, small group and swing from Bechet and Basie plus two features -- Randy Weston's 1989 "Portraits" recordings and from this week in '58, Kenny Burrell's "Blue Lights".

David Nicholas has classics from The Mel Lewis Orchestra, Dave Holland and The Hanna-Fontana Band, along with new recordings from Monica Herzig, The Project H and the debut of the latest from guitar legend Al Di Meola!

David Nicholas has a tribute to Bob Dorough, classics from Cannonball Adderley, Hank Mobley, Sonny Rollins and Lee Morgan plus new music from Kat Edmonson, Erin McDougald and Manhattan Transfer.