Where ‘Morning Joe’ Gets Its Groove


By Alex Weprin Comment

Poynter’s Mallary Jean Tenore looks at the music of “Morning Joe” in an article for the site. Interestingly, the producers do not a have a set list before the show starts, instead relying on the guests for inspiration:

Behind the scenes, the “Morning Joe” producers are busy at work, listening to the MSNBC show’s guests to see if there’s a song or band that could illustrate what they’re saying. The show’s audio director, David Quanvie — or “Q” as he’s called on set — selects much of the music with the help of the show’s producers and hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough.

“We don’t have a rundown of the songs we’re going to play; it’s completely organic,” executive producer Chris Licht said in a phone interview. “Really anyone in the control room can shout out a song and Q can literally dial up a song in a couple seconds.”