Among the most passionate people about music are those who work in the music industry: at labels, as press relation people, as concert promoters, as booking agents, as managers, as music critics, and so on. RREVERB proposes to its readers a series of interviews with passionate music artisans.
Today, we meet…


What’s your role in the company you are presently working at, and since when are you working there?

CHOM 5 Years. Montreal Rocks Presenter and Programmer. Producer & Booker of Shows To Go for Exclusive Performances of Montreal Bands. Global Television 3 Years: Entertainment contributor and Summer in The City Reporter.

jay walker waughWhere are you from and where do you live now?

In chronological order… Born in Verdun, Move to Chateauguay then Pierrefonds, Kirkland, Ville St-Laurent, Nuns Island, Downtown

When have you started to work in the music business?

1999 as morning show intern on CHOM 977 FM.. the Westmount days with Steve Anthony and Andrew Carter

At what age have you started to love music?

Must have been like five… Mom liked pop Dad liked Rock. Was a healthy balance of Madonna, The Beatles, R.E.M, CCR, Donna Summers, Dire Straits and Celine Dion

When you were 20, what was your dream (in the music world)?

To get hired, work in a team environment, support a cause and have fun.

Have you ever been a musician? Tell us about your career.

Grade 9 & 10. Played brass in the school band. Tuba, Trumpet, Trombone and Snare. I was mega cool.


Who did you meet in your musical path that was key to your development / success?

Matt Cundill who picked me to help him re-launch CHOM in 2001. Stephen Tapp who allowed me to be part of launching XM Radio in Canada.

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The 1st home of legendary Montreal station CHOM, early 70s

What do you like about your current position?

I have carte blanche for Montreal Rocks. I’ve since the beginning been asked to play what I trust to be relevant. The show is about supporting Montreal artists, promoters and producers. We are 5 that work on the show and video’s Marc Alfalo Producer, Kristen Theodore Research and Interviews, Mat Gibeault Director Shows to Go, Felix Bouchard Ass. Camera

Which great personal goal have you not achieved yet?

I’ve been super blessed. I can honestly say that I’ve done gotten everything I’ve wished for and then some.

Vinyl, cassette, CD or digital?

Digital for everyday life. Vinyl for at home downtime


What are your preferred music genres?

Alternative, Punk, Thrash, Electro, Classic Hip Hop, Metal… Was it always the case through your life? My first cassette was the Cocktail soundtrack. My second was Big Hits 89 and my third was Kill ‘Em All…

On a desert island you bring those 5 albums (no more!)

If I’m gonna be stuck on an island I better have island music.

Bob Marley & The Wailers Legend,
Toots & the Maytals Funky Kingston,
Jimmy Cliff The Harder They Come,
Peter Tosh Legalize it,
Black Uhuru Red



Who are the friendliest artist/music celebrity you’ve met?

Kirk Hammett, Jared Leto, Marky Ramone, Ice-T, Bob Rock, John Frusciante, Coeur de pirate, The Dears, Stars… I could go on and on, lots of good people out there.

Jay Walker Waugh Billy Bob Thornton

Jay met Billy Bob Thornton in 2000, at CHOM’s headquarters

Which brilliant artist should have made it big, but didn’t (yet)?

Really excited to see who picks up Montreal pop artist IRIS. She’s a star. Also excited to see what the future holds for CTZNSHP. Damn Truth have a new record coming can’t wait to see what happen next for them. Montreal’s Nancy Pants, Holy Data, Nanimal, Heat, Emile and Ogden… ouf… the list goes on.

Let’s listen to these bands.

Who would you like to meet? What would you tell/ask them?

I really don’t know, Metallica for me was a huge dream that was realized in 2003, Met with LL Cool Jay in 2002… um I don’t know.

Thank you Jay!

Check out CHOM’s website for excellent classic rock and more!

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About The Author

Mélomane invétéré plongeant dans tous les genres et époques, Nicolas Pelletier a publié 6 000 critiques de disques et concerts depuis 1991, dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur, dont il a également été le rédacteur en chef de 2009 à 2014. Il publie "Les perles rares et grands crus de la musique" en 2013, lance le site RREVERB en 2014, et devient stratège numérique des radios de Bell Média en 2015, participant au lancement de la marque iHeartRadio au Canada en 2016. Il dirige maintenant la stratégie numérique d'ICI Musique, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada.