Jay began his radio career in country music in 1972 as a jock and music director for WALJ-FM in Naples. Other early stops included WCOF in Immokalee, WOKC in Okeechobee, and WIRK in West Palm Beach (as Jay Mack). He became Jay Roberts in 1974 when he joined WQYK – first on overnights, then six to midnight. Music director responsibilities were added in 1975.
In 1976, he left for a like position across town at WQYK’s competitor, Plough’s Sun Country WSUN, but later returned to reclaim his music director’s duties and evening air shift. When owner Infinity Broadcasting acquired additional stations in the market in the late 90’s, he was taken off the air to enable him to devote more time working with sister station WQYK-AM and, eventually, Q105 Country WRBQ and Outlaw Country 92.5 WYUU.
In December 2013, Jay announced his retirement from radio at the end of the year, after playing and reporting the hits in Tampa Bay for 39 years. Quite a record! It’s no wonder he was one of the most respected music directors in country radio (and radio in general).
1973 - 1996 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (On Air Personality)
1975 - 2013 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (Music Director)