Johnny J. Rivera’s ‘Trying to Catch Rain’ to be Featured on ‘Full Spin’
Rivera will also sit in with Beaudin and describe each track from the project.
In previous weeks Beaudin has featured ‘Global Kiss; from Steve Oliver, ‘Out of the Box’ from Jack Prybylski and Airborne’s ‘New Horizons.’Full Spin is also replayed each Tuesday at 7PM (EST). More
|Johnny J. Rivera Joins On-Air Staff at Smooth Jazz Now.com
August 2, 2010 – Smooth Jazz Now is pleased to announce the addition of Johnny J. Rivera to our on-air staff. Rivera, a successful Jazz musician in Las Vegas, is fast becoming a national phenomenon with the success of his hit single ‘Lady Cab Driver.’ The vocalist and guitarist will host the morning slot of 6-8AM (eastern) starting today (August 2nd). “I'm elated to have my own show on Smooth Jazz Now,” says Rivera. “It's been a home to me since the beginning and the only place that I tune into, to listen to Smooth Jazz.”
Rivera adds, “I'm looking forward to being part of this great family who are passionate about what they do, and work hard to keep real music, and real players dreams alive by allowing them to hang their hat's here and call Smooth Jazz Now home.”
“Interestingly, it was during an interview that I discovered how amazingly comfortable Johnny was talking about music,” says John Beaudin, Program Director of Smooth Jazz Now.com. “ This guy has that infectious passion that’s so important for any radio host to have and he was amazing right from his first audition.”
“Like other announcers on Smooth Jazz Now Johnny’s show will have it’s own flavor and he has some great surprises on the way,’ says Beaudin. Johnny is also a real Beatles fanatic like I am but he, unlike me, is a real Beatles expert.
Rivera says, “John Beaudin and I met over the phone last year and I can honestly say in this business, this man is the real deal, it's rare to talk with an individual who comes from such a real place, his passion for radio, and music is something I have never encountered until now. He's a veteran in radio and one of the nicest guys I've had the honor to meet. There really are good people out there and if you run into John you'll know exactly what I mean and, if by chance you encounter these people let them know because life's too short. – Kari Graham
|10 Things You Might Not Know About Johnny J Rivera
June 18, 2010 – Johnny J. Rivera has just released the acclaimed album ‘Trying to Catch Rain’ featuring his hit ‘Lady Cab Driver’ but there are probably lots of interesting things you don’t know about this talented guitarist and vocalist.
In the 1980’s Rivera auditioned for the TV show Fame and he also considers himself a real Beatles expert. I’ve talked to him and Rivera really knows his stuff.
Rivera also came out of the closet with us to admit his deep, dark, ‘mullet’ past. His daughter found the picture of dad sporting a shiny, silky eighties mullet. Find out more about Johnny J. Rivera below.
1. Once auditioned for 80's Television show "Fame"
2. Loves Beatles Trivia and considers himself a Beatles expert
3.Starred as EL GALLO in his town version of the Broadway Musical The "Fantastiks"
4. Denied ever having a mullet until his daughter found a late 80's picture of him with a Mullet (still denies ever having one).
5.Favorite movie is Saturday Night and Sunday Morning starring Albert Finney
6. Stayed In Marilyn Monroe's seven bedroom mansion….and sang Happy Birthday Mr. President on a piano downstairs but later that evening slept in her master bedroom with one eye open (just in case she hated his rendition).
7.Loves Maple Leaf Trees
8.Did not want to fly to Texas to join his friend’s band which later turned into Edie Brikkell & the New Bohemians
9.Drives a Mini Cooper ……
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