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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Happy 2018 from The Beat!!! New music from Pat Martino -- classics from Shirley Horn, Pat Metheny and Miles Davis and we remember vocalist Kevin Mahogany who passed away in late December.

To close out 2017, one last spin of Organissimo's live disc from this year, plus classic '57 Village Vanguard music from Sonny Rollins and classic '72 live material from Rock HOFers Yes!

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Holiday music for your soul.  Music brought to you by Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Ponder, Vince Guaraldi and Diana Krall!

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Songs of holiday jazz and blue's.

December brings more holiday jazz and blues to The Beat!

New releases from Erik Wyatt, Dave Zinno, Eva Cortes and Caesar Frazier...plus the first music for the holiday season...new CDs from Chris Pasin and Leslie Odom!

A special Vietnam Era edition of The Beat this week...voices of those who served and music from C,S,N & Y, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Santana and more!

This week on The Beat, new music from Cheryl Bentyne, Jackie Allen and Corey Christiansen...classics from Wes Montgomery, Art Blakey, Duke Jordan, Jackie McLean and Keith Jarrett!

On The Beat this week, featured music from John Coltrane and conversation with John Scheinfeld, writer and director of the documentary, "Chasing Trane." The film is the season premiere of Independent Lens on WCMU Public Television on Monday night.

Happy 100th Birthdays to Monk & Diz, plus new stuff, AND, some music for Halloween weekend!