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
Infrastructure, the filibuster, Joe Manchin, and a new Dem PAC to push back on progressives. Karen Gillan plays an assassin. Plus music by Nova One and Black Nash.
Lots of great music came out in the first half of the year, so we’re getting together to talk about our favorites. Plus music by Will Stratton.
It’s been a while since a Marvel movie has been in theaters, and one of the original stars of the MCU should probably have had her own movie sooner. Plus music by niecesandnephews.
A throwback noir film from Steven Soderbergh. An unearthed look at a cultural festival that was effectively disappeared from history until now. Plus music by Wes Tirey.
Sport Illustrated’s Julie Kliegman on trans athlete bans going into effect across the country. Also, A24 and Hulu’s ‘False Positive.’ Plus music by Gracie and Rachel and Talay.
Ben made long walks a part of his quarantine routine once conditions in New York City were safe enough for that activity. On one of those walks, he was faced with a split-second decision to abandon all the caution he’d previously practiced (and which he discussed in a previous episode of 1st Person) in order to come together with strangers to take quick, collective action to save someone from self-harm. 1st Person is presented by Urban Outfitters. Music featured in the episode: "Moon" by Bachelor