Host of 'Jason Eldredge'
With individual taste and a passion for musical risks, Jason Eldredge appeals to the avid music lover as well as the casual fan seeking a soundtrack to their life’s adventures. Recently named by Billboard Magazine as one of the "Top 30 Under Thirty" in the music industry for his work as a music supervisor on various TV shows, movies and high profile DJ gigs outside of KCRW, Jason has played live at various venues including the MTV Video Music Awards, Los Angeles' MOCA After Dark and The Beatles Revolution Lounge in Las Vegas.
Jason’s musical education started at an early age. “It was obvious to everyone around me that I had a real fondness for music, so babysitters and older kids were always feeding me the cornerstone albums of that time." He's proud to claim Michael Jackson as his first concert-going experience. “It was the ‘Bad’ tour and my parents had box seats because my uncle ran concessions for the arena. I was only eight years old, but I can remember being blown away by the stage show in addition to the music. Here was someone who was doing something totally different and innovative. I’ve always enjoyed spectacles.” That enjoyment soon started to generate a skill. “When I was in school, my friends would ask me to create mix tapes for their parties. I never really thought that much about it, but other people seemed to realize that I had a knack for it.”
Jason became a “public radio junkie” while living in Chicago listening to WBEZ. He was involved in the local theater scene and finally moved to the West Coast to pursue his acting career. He discovered KCRW and became a volunteer almost immediately. “I showed up to my volunteer interview in a tie and brought along a portfolio. I knew what I wanted and was determined to be involved with the station.” Eventually, he made his way on-air in 2005 and has now settled into his weekend time slot from 10pm to midnight on Saturdays.
Jason's desire for accessibility in introducing the newest jam or resurfacing the occasionally forgotten gem brings a mixture of sounds that is consistently varied and original. “I always take chances. Sometimes the things I think people are going to hate end up being what people love the most. That's one of the best parts of my show.”
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