Jay Philpott was born in St. Louis but moved to Minneapolis at age 4. His father designed memory systems for the first large mainframe computers at Control Data’s worldwide HQ at a time when their only customer was either the Defense Department or the IRS. Jay knew he wanted to be in radio at age 9 or 10, and he pursued that goal relentlessly.
Just as Jay turned 12, his father was transferred to “Silicon Valley”, and he moved to the San Francisco Bay area. It was there that he was exposed to a much wider variety of radio and musical styles not available in the Midwest at the time. While attending Leland High School in San Jose, he worked on the school’s 10-watt FM station KLEL and managed to get a job answering the request lines at one of the big San Francisco Top 40 stations.
Unfortunately, Jay’s Dad was transferred back to Minnesota in his junior year. To satisfy the radio bug, Jay started a radio station at his new high school (WFAL, Voice of the Falcons) and served as its Program Director. He immersed himself in the local radio scene, made the right connections, and at 18 soon became the youngest DJ on a major station in Minneapolis/St. Paul radio doing nights at “Disco 104 KFMX” – the first radio station to play Prince’s music. Jay worked in the Twin Cities for 5 years before continuing his career by working in almost every region of the country including Seattle, Milwaukee, Norfolk/Virginia, Dallas and St. Louis at 93.7 when it was classic rock in the mid 90’s.
Jay likes to travel when he can get away and has visited 45 of the 50 states. Other interests include anything to do with music, movies, astronomy and the sciences, elder care issues, and skydiving. If you’re working or for some other reason up all night, Jay keeps you company from 12 midnight to 5am.