Jason Bentley, longtime KCRW/Santa Monica, Calif., DJ of the evening show "Metropolis," will take over the "Morning Becomes Eclectic" show starting Dec. 1 and has been named the station's music director.

"This is a wonderful KCRW story. Jason began as a phone volunteer in the front office when he was still in high school. He grew up on KCRW because his parents were listeners. When he returned from college he reconnected with the station and debuted on the air here 16 years ago," said KCRW GM Ruth Seymour.

Bentley adds, "I'm immensely grateful for the opportunity and humbled by the task, which is to open a new chapter for the station. It's a reinvention of myself to match the gold standards set by previous music directors. It's no longer the hypnotic pulse of the city at night -- it's the ever-evolving optimism of weekday mornings," said Bentley.

As Billboard.biz reported last week, current music director Nic Harcourt and MBE host will step down at the end of the month after 10 years to pursue several independent projects, but will continue as a KCRW DJ, hosting a three-hour show on Sunday evenings.