by Tom Schnabel
Morning Becomes Eclectic started in 1977, I became Music Director in July 1979 and ended my 11-year run on MBE in November 1990. KCRW was small at the beginning. Looking at photos of racks holding reel-to-reel tape machines looks old school -- but pretty cool, even now.
Some unforgettable moments include: Marlon Brando's assistant calling to get a hot flamenco LP I was playing because he wanted to take it to his Tahitian island. My first MBE interview - it was with Ravi Shankar, no less. And, being told by a journalist that MBE was great farm opera. During my stint, I also met some of my musical heroes. To support their work was an unbelievable privilege, as was meeting music lovers in our audience, some of whom have become my dearest friends.
No matter what you do before or after, hosting Morning Becomes Eclectic is the dream job of a lifetime.