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
Journalist David Moore on the influence of corporate lobbyists on the DNC. Plus music from Mazzi & S.O.U.L. Purpose, Lotion Princess, Forever Honey, and Looms.
It’s been a weird year in general — and that includes for movies and movie lovers. We discuss some that have managed to be released so far that are worth a look.
Matt Ruby chats w/ Rabbi Avram Mlotek about Judaism and our current crises–and his new book. Plus music by Worriers and Seán Barna.
We discuss new movies ‘House of Hummingbird’ and ‘Palm Springs.’ Plus music by Napoleon da Legend and NO ICE’s Jamie Frey.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton is now more available to view than ever before, but it’s also more open to criticism of its portrayal of slaveholding founding fathers.

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