Staff
J. McVay
J grew up down in Louisiana and Texas before moving to NYC for college. After college, he decided to stick around, working in film and television production for well over a decade. He came to BTR in 2011 when he became Director Of Video Production for BTRtv.

Also after college, he got heavily involved in the local music scene, playing in various bands. This led to the creation of StereoactiveNYC, an umbrella under which to promote local music. Since 2003, it's been a showlist, a music blog, a video channel, and a sponsor of live shows. And from 2016 to 2019, it was also a podcast on BTRtoday. Also from 2016, 20 2019, he was co-host of The Music Digest.

Additionally, he founded Fort Useless, a non-profit arts and performance venue that grew directly out of StereoactiveNYC, opening in Bushwick in 2009, where it remained until 2014.

In 2019, after more than 21 years in NYC, he moved to Austin, Texas.

He is currently Chief Content Officer at BTRtoday and Executive Producer for BTRtv.
Featured Posts
J. McVay presents his ‘Films of the Decade’ list. Plus some favorite 1st Person segments and BTR Live Studios performances. And we hear a couple of artists J interviewed earlier this year.
After moving to NYC in 1998 and beginning to seriously play music there in 2001, J is leaving the city in the fall, so this is the last episode of the podcast. It’s packed with around 6 hours of…
This week we’re taking a look back at some of the guests we’ve had on the show in 2019 - including J’s chats with Isaac Gillespie, Day & Dream, Yoni Gordon, Annie Pichan, and…
Recent Posts
Meet Emily Smith, a longtime producer and host at BTRtoday. Plus music by Juliet Quick.
Meet Bryan Bruchman, a longtime producer and host at BTRtoday. Plus music by Sasha and the Valentines and GracieSouz.
An examination of hate crimes against Asian Americans. A devastating film about the massacre at Srebrenica during the Bosnian War. Plus music by A Day Without Love.
Jen shares the details of her personal experience with a COVID-19 infection.
Our favorite films, performances, and more of 2020. Plus music by A Very Special Episode and Beau Jennings.
Manny Nomikos on the roles of identity and the pandemic in his music. Plus a discussion of the Paul Greengrass/Tom Hanks movie, ‘New of the World.’ And music by Veronica Bianqui & LAPÊCHE.