Jason Crane is the host and producer of The Jason Crane Show, a weekly arts and culture show that airs from 10-11 a.m. CT (11-noon ET) on WEGL 91.1 FM in Auburn (AL) and online at http://wp.auburn.edu/wegl/.
Jason was born in 1973 in Lenox, Massachusetts, home of Tanglewood and former home of the famed Music Inn and the Lenox School of Jazz. He began his career as a soprano sax player in jazz, latin jazz and funk bands in Arizona, Pennsylvania, and on Hilton Head Island. Jason also worked as an on-air host for KUAT and KUAZ in Tucson, AZ; as a news announcer for Bloomberg Radio in Tokyo, Japan; as Tokyo business correspondent for NPR’s Morning Edition; and at WXXI in Rochester, NY. From 2001-2004, Jason was station manager and jazz host at Jazz90.1 in Rochester, NY. In 2005, Jason hosted the first version of The Jason Crane Show, a progressive political talk show on Rochester’s Air America affiliate.
From 2007-2012, Jason hosted The Jazz Session, an online jazz interview show. The show’s 400+ episodes were downloaded more than two million times. A complete archive is available at http://thejazzsession.com.
Jason’s first collection of poetry, Unexpected Sunlight, was published in 2010. His second collection, All The Noise, will be available in early 2013. Jason’s poetry and other observations are available at jasoncrane.org.
Over the years, Jason has worked as a grocery stock clerk, cashier, bank teller, waiter, professional musician, radio announcer, television/radio script writer, Web site editor, newspaper and wire-service copy editor, radio reporter, newspaper page designer, union organizer, nonprofit development director, radio station manager, talk show host, stay-at-home dad, union organizing director, union representative, and communications/public relations specialist.
Jason has two sons, Bernie and John. They’re awesome.
Jason has moved more than 30 times to lots of different places, including Alabama, Arizona, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Japan.