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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Coming up from noon-3 on The Beat, Chet Baker, John Coltrane, June Christie, Betty Carter and Ella Fitzgerald from her Songbook recordings plus Michigan drummer Pete Siers ahead of his August 22nd gig in Gaylord!

This week on The Beat, John Coliani, Jeremy Pelt and Tom Harrell plus rare Thelonious Monk, more from Miles Davis and Gil Evans and a vintage performance from Monterey by John Handy!

This week on The Beat, classic tenor from Ben Webster and classic swing from Count Basie, Terrence Brewer plays West Montgomery, and lots of Latin Jazz from Puco and Tito Puente!!

This week on The Beat, new releases from Lenny Marcus, Radam Schwartz, David Chesky and Kamashi Washington, plus we featured tracks from the highly anticipated "Both Directions at Once-The Lost Album" by John Coltrane -- the music from the session recorded in 1963, but never before released!!!

After the encore of The Capitol Steps, join David and guest host Scott Seeburger for The Beat -- Summer Dance Party Part 2!! Two more hours of the best rock, pop, soul and more of all time.