About Jay Bruder
Jay Bruder is the host of Home Town Special on Sunday nights here at WAMU’s Bluegrass Country. Jay has lived in and out of the Washington Metro area since the mid-1960s. In high school in Northern Virginia during the early 1970s Jay caught the first wave of the 1950s Rock and Roll revival and his musical tastes have been regressing ever since.
Jay was first exposed to older music through Alan Lee’s “Disc Memory Show” on Sunday mornings on Georgetown University’s WGTB-FM and Dick Lillard’s “Nostalgia” show Sunday evenings on WMOD-FM. In the mid 1980s Jay became a steady listener to the Dick Spottswood Show on WAMU and began expanding his interests from blues, gospel, rhythm and blues, and ’50s rock and roll to include country and bluegrass.
Although his non-music career has taken him far afield over the years he has steadily dedicated his research and writing efforts to documenting the music scene in Washington after the Second World War. Jay has interviewed many Washington-based country and rhythm and blues performers who were active in the 1940s and 1950s.
Jay maintains an active set of contacts with music history researchers around the country and overseas. Jay has published articles in “Blues and Rhythm” magazine in the UK, and “American Music Magazine” in Sweden. He has contributed to a number of music reissue projects and frequently provides illustrations and fact checking services to the research community. Jay has made presentations on Washington music history to the Association of Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) of which he is a member.
Jay takes a special fascination in uncovering the forgotten links among performers, record companies, and song writers which changed the course of American music in the 1950s. The Home Town Special is a weekly two hour demonstration of America’s changing musical soundscape in the post-WWII years with a lot of music, a little history, and a good bit of fun.