Jason

When did you start your radio career?
I started way back in while I was in High School, during 1990, with 102.7WSM, under the mentorship of Al Torres.


How did you get into radio?

I learned from my family that my father was a radio personality with Eddie Velarde and Helen Vela.  This inspired me to get into radio.  I auditioned and was interviewed by Al Torres and then he started training me.  This is how I go into radio.  The rest as they say is history.


How was your first boardwork?

It was one of those once-in-a-lifetime moments where you’re excited, nervous, scared and ecstatic in the moment.  Yes, all those feelings all together at once.  As we were using record players and 8-track to play your music and other show elements, it was an act of juggling and an art of music playing at a different level during that first board work.  It gets easier but you have to stay innovative and sensitive (to your listeners) all the time.


Any memorable thing happen in your rookie year as a jock?

I remember playing this song from Kenny Rankin – Hiding Inside Myself, every night during my slot.  It wasn’t that big yet, and when the program director noticed it, he had Al call my attention to quit playing it and remove it from the playlist, and even suspended me for 1 day.  Two weeks later, it was the number 1 song in DWLL (our number 1 rival at the time), and it was returned immediately on the playlist, with order for high rotation and be included in the countdown.  The PD never apologized.It’s all good.


Did you have the full support of your family when you started out?

My parents were first apprehensive to support me, as my time slot was 9PM to 1AM, and I was still in High School.  I was going home early in the morning and getting just 4 hours of sleep.  But as I maintained my grades, they let me be and continued to support me.


When you’re not on air, what kind of music do you listen to?

I love almost all types of music.  So, it really depends on my mood.  There are days when I would listen to instrumental music.  While riding my Vespa I would have Dance and Pop Music playing.  Then while I’m cooking I have a French playlist blasting about.  On rainy days I would have an OPM playlist in the background.  Then on relaxing moments, it will be some vocal jazz with Frank Sinatra and the like.  I also have moments listening to OSTs and Classical music.  Like I said, all types of music.  🙂