James “JT” Taylor
Weekends: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Born and raised in the “Peg”, as true Winnipegers like to call it, I can honestly not remember a time I was not infatuated with this thing called radio! So much so, I would sneak an AM transistor under my blankets every school night and listen for hours. I may no longer have the radio, but will say I still have the briefcases of mixed tapes I made from radio recordings I would make every week just from listening to the Rick Dees Weekly Top 40. A true passion for music and a HUGE concert buff, I’m pretty sure if they were to give Airmiles for every show I’ve seen, I would now have enough to circle the planet four times over…first class!
So far, my claims to fame include having a nationally recognized and nearly syndicated one-hour interview program spotlighting Canadian and international artists; raising over $16,000 in four days to feed people at Christmas by living on the rooftop of a multiplex theatre in -30 degree temperatures; not being able to escape my mugshot in the form of a cartoon caricature on city billboards and buses (lol); and being chased by the RCMP in BC (Yet another stunt for charity!). Biggest thrill would have to be having hundreds of concert goers at Rexall Place in 2014 thinking I resembled Rod Stewart just walking around the concourse prior to his concert. Even stranger was the merchandise staff insisting they get a picture with me! (Good thing they’ve never heard me sing!) Ok, I’ll admit I’ve pretty much idolized Rod my entire life, in fact, I actually convinced myself I WAS Rod for most of the 80’s. But after years of research it’s what we have in common that has made me conclude that we might in fact be related. Firstly, we both have British roots, spontaneous sense of humors, highlighted hair that requires hours hanging upside down with a hair dryer, we both believe in the notion of staying ‘Forever Young’, and finally…we both have noses that we prefer to be seen from our left side. (Photographers – you’ve been warned!) Need I say more?
Honored to now be a part of such a legendary station as K-97 where so many before me have paved the way, I promise to quench your musical taste buds with only the best classic rock ever heard, a side order of unpredictable, self-deprecating humour, and for dessert…a genuine love for allowing me to be in your ear, tweeter, and woofer!