Tom Schnabel

Tom Schnabel

Tom Schnabel is an internationally recognized radio producer, pioneer, and innovator in world music.

He helped introduce world music to American audiences as KCRW’s first music director and host of Morning Becomes Eclectic (1979-1991).

Tom is the author of two books ("Stolen Moments: Conversations with Contemporary Musicians" and "Rhythm Planet: The Great World Music Makers"), and numerous articles about music.

He has produced a number of recordings (Trance Planet, vols. 1–5), and provides music supervision for advertising and movies. He has also served as program director for the Hollywood Bowl and Walt Disney Concert Hall, and continues to host weekly music shows for KCRW.  

His world music blog, Rhythm Planet, launched in May 2013.

Tom has degrees from USC (BA, Humanities), The Sorbonne (Diplome Semestrielle) and UCLA (MA, Comparative Literature.

Tom has taught in Los Angeles (UCLA Extension, Southern California Institute of Architecture, Mt. Saint Mary’s College) and in Paris (Ecole Universelle).

Tom now has over 20 years of experience teaching world music and currently offer weekly music salons at my home. 

"Music has always been my first love and passion."

Recent Stories

Arts, Culture & Media

Dhafer Youssef

Today's Global Hit is a music pick from Tom Schnabel of KCRW in Santa Monica, California. He tells us about a new CD from Tunisian musician Dhafer Youssef.

Arts, Culture & Media

Lokua Kanza

The subject of today's Global Hit is singer Lokua Kanza. He's from the Democratic Republic of Congo, in central Africa. Kanza has a new album out. And regular contributor Tom Schnabel says it's a winner.

Arts, Culture & Media

Iranian music

Today's Global Hit takes us to Iran, but not contemporary Iran. We're going back to the 60s and 70s. TWO new compilation CDs of the era have come out this year. Music programmer for KCRW in Santa Monica, California, Tom Schnabel, dips into both of them.