Hometown: Morganson, NC
Company: LM Communications
Title: Program Director
Years in position: 15 years
Brief career summary: I spent most of my career in North Carolina and the last fifteen in Lexington, KY
Who inspires you?
I’ve been blessed to work for some great people!! Each one was a stair step to something greater. Michael Saunders hired me first at WPEG. I was fortunate to go on to work for Helen Little in New York and I am, so grateful for everything she took the time to leach me. Lastly, I also had the privilege to work for Barry Mayo and I can still hear his voice saying “stay focused and what you need to do.”nobody needs to tell you
No real favorite, but I can honestly say I consider T.I. a friend to me and to the station… He’s always been here when we needed him and the brother is loyal
What is your favorite sports team?
My all-time favorite athlete is:
What is your guilty pleasure?
What is your favorite album of all time?
Favorite TV Show
I am hooked on Power and Ray Donovan
Your dream car is:
What don’t folks know about you
One being that I am learning to fly planes. Off the mic, I am very quiet, laid back and even tempered.
I hate missed opportunities
What are your thoughts about the state of Urban radio?
As a kid who went to sleep at night with a transistor radio, getting hooked on radio during a school field trip, I live for radio. We as broadcasters must do a better job serving of serving our communities. Radio stations should not be viewed as nothing more than cash registers.
I often read about the demise of radio and although radio is up against some competition, it is not going anywhere. In Lexington, KY we are the only locally owned and operated station in the market. We can reach out and touch the listeners. Music and entertainment is there but it’s what you do outside of the station that truly matters the most.
What are your words of advice to the next generation of broadcasters?
I and many others developed our craft doing overnights and that is not an option anymore so they must seek out other means.
I get a lot of interns from local colleges and I find the main thing they lack is a passion to be great. I used to talk into my hairbrush and practice….Who still does that? You must put in the time to be great!!
You can check out Jay’s melodic pipes during afternoon drive, 2-6pm weekdays. For more station details, log onto www.1079thebeat.com