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 had great voices in Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae and Mel Torme, plus trio work from Red Garland, Charlie Haden, and Kenny Burrell!

Join David Nicholas, with guest Tom Ball, on this special 5-hour edition of "The Beat"!

This week on "The Beat", David Nicholas had classics from Dexter Gordon on Blue Note and two Impulse! dates from John Coltrane and Max Roach, plus Grammy winning fusion from Chick Corea and John McLauglin!!

This week on "The Beat", host David Nicholas featured music from Sonny Rollins for his 88th birthday, and a tribute to Randy Weston who has passed at age 92.

This week on "The Beat", New music from Houston Person paired with Ron Carter, Charlie Sepulveda, classics from Cannonball Adderley working with Wes Montgomery, and for this weekend's Detroit Jazz Fest; Artist in Residence Chick Corea!!