♠ I Got What it Takes to rock the mic… ♠
A lot of broadcasting, I think, is doing a tremendous amount of preparation and trying to act like, ‘Oh, this thought is just occurring to me right now’ – and speaking sincerely.
— Ira Glass
LAKEWOOD, N.J. (JSC) — I first became interested in broadcasting when I was 5 years old. Yep, 30 friggin years ago. My parents bought me this Fisher Price radio as a Christmas gift the previous year — using my superior math skills, that means I got it for Christmas in 1983:
Yes. That’s where it all started. I used to sit in my room in the middle of a pile of coloring books and babble random words and stuff into the microphone and then be amazed that it was playing back. No, I don’t still have the tapes. It was 10 years later that I was a skinny, somewhat awkward 15-year-old who spent many a Saturday night at home listening to my favorite radio show: WJLB’s Rap Blast. The show had the simplest of premises: The hosts — Billy T & T.J. (then known as the “Troublesome Juvenile”) — played hip-hop (Remember, this is 1994, 1995, and 1996 we’re talking about, so they were playing the good shit) and had a lot of fun doing so. They had me hooked from the first time I heard the show all the way until WJLB foolishly disbanded the duo in 1996. The Rap Blast held such a place with me that it became the the inspiration for the hip-hop show I did on WQHH in Lansing 10 years later called Saturday Night Live on Power 96.5. SNL was essentially the Rap Blast updated for 2005-2006. We played a lot of music that rarely saw regular rotation, plus we gave rappers from around Lansing and the state a chance to shine and then the final hour we let rip with SNL Mixology. It was, by far, the most fun I’ve had at any point in professional career. It’s a high that I’ve been chasing for the last nine years. I’ve fashioned a pretty damn good career as a print journalist in the last six years — regardless of what anyone says or thinks — but while writing has been pretty good to me, my heart is as a broadcaster. That’s why after years on the shelf, I’m jumping in headfirst on this podcast game with the launch of the Jay Scott Confidential Podcast, aka #JSCRadio.
This podcast has been something that I’ve wanted to do for a while, and I just haven’t had the time nor the means to pull it off. Since SNL’s abrupt end in November 2006, I’ve been apart of two great shows. Many of you remember DJ Cutt-Nice and I did the groundbreaking hip-hop Podcast called Feel The Hunger Radio and I was also apart of RealTalkFM on 107.5 in Detroit as well. Here’s a taste of what I was able to do then:
While I don’t have a definitive start date for the show, it will premier in May and it will start off as a once-a-week deal. The show itself will be a lot like this blog: It’ll be about a little bit of everything. To answer some questions:
The show will be broadcast through BlogTalkRadio, which is likely the easiest and most efficient way to pull it off. It’s gonna be fun and it’ll give me a chance to truly let loose. The language on the show, much like the blog of the same name, will be occasionally salty. The f-bombs will be very rare but the snark will be gratuitous.
I know that this will not be an easy endeavor and, judging from the ones of you who supported my attempt to raise funds for this thing, I know that garnering support for this will be an uphill battle. However, after the month that I’ve had, I’m never backing down from a fight. I’ll be back soon with an actual premiere date. I hope that you guys will give me a chance to grow this thing and help me live out this dream. If you have any ideas for what I could do or talk about on the show, hit me up on Twitter or Facebook. Thanks Again.
Until Next Time, That’s The Way It Is. Monday, April 20, 2015.
Take Care, God Bless, Always Dare to Be Different, and G.O.M.A.B. Σ