Jonathan Geayer aka DJ Jay Ski fell in love with Hip-Hop in the early 80’s.
He went from growing up on Van Halen, Led Zeppelin and playing guitar, to trading that in for breakdancing and eventually two turntables. After messing around with an early record that he purchased (Jam Master Jay by Run-DMC), he fell in love with the way it sounded to scratch “Jayyyyy” on his father’s stereo. After risking the record condition as well as his dad’s needle, Jay was eventually given a set of beginner turntables as a gift. From that point on, there was no looking back. After practicing day in and day out, and eventually buying a set of Technic’s 1200 turntables, Jay-Ski entered a local DJ battle that consisted of about 25 DJ’s. He made it to the second week, and remained on the stage all night as he defeated all competitors in his path. This landed him a local radio guest spot as a prize, which then led to a gig on Philly’s Q102 in 1992 doing a weekly hip-hop show. One year after that he also entered the “Battle for World Supremecy” in New York City. He made it to the second round and was defeated in the semi-finals. However the experience gained him notoriety and also the confidence to go in front of any crowd.
Jay also fell in love with radio in 1980. The first time he heard “Planet Rock” on Drexel University’s radio station, he was hooked. From that day onward, his days and nights were spent combing the radio dial for more of this “Hip-Hop” , which unfortunately at the time was near impossible to find on the radio and on the brand new station called “MTV”. As the popularity of Hip-Hop grew, Jay-Ski couldn’t wait to record rap radio shows on cassette every weekend. He was literally raised by classic radio shows such as “Street Beat with Lady B”, DJ Red Alert, and most of all by “Rap Attack” with Marley Marl and the late great Mr. Magic. This inspired him to pursue his goal of one day doing his own mixshow, one that would teach and inspire others just as he was inspired early on. He succeeded at this with “The Hip-Hop Review” on Philadelphia’s Q102, which to this day fans of the show still cherish their own old tapes of the show. That 3 hour a week show at Q102 was the spark that started his radio career back in 1992, and in 2009 he has no intention of letting that flame be extinguished.
Jay eventually started spinning full time on Q102, helping the station reach number one in the Arbitron ratings until 1994 when the station changed it’s format. Being a true fan of radio since 1980, Jay-Ski wasn’t giving up that easily. He later moved to the Washington D.C. area and became the lead mixshow DJ at WKYS, Kiss F.M. He had two great years there and helped the station reach number one in the ratings. Radio-One, who owns WKYS, then bought WPHI in Jay’s home region of Philadelphia. Without hesitation, Jay left to go back home and blaze his hometown airwaves. He was spinning full time 6 days a week, sometimes 7 and was also the mixshow coordinator as well as creative services producer. After 8 years there and feeling the need to grow, Jay moved on and created mixshows at a new Philadelphia station, “Wired 96.5”. Jay-Ski then took a small break from radio to focus on music production as well as recording and performing with his current supergroup , Bunjii. In 2007 WPHI asked him to make a return to the airwaves, and currently he still maintains his mixshow 5 days a week there on 100.3 The Beat.
DJ Jay-Ski, aside from radio, has also graced the stages of huge venues and clubs across the U.S. From 2005-2007, Jay-Ski was the official tour DJ for the “New Jazz Philosophy” tour which featured artists such as Busta Rhymes, The Roots, Common, Talib Kweli, Mya, The Pharcyde, EPMD, Mobb Deep, and more. In addition to his mixshow on WPHI, Jay-Ski can be heard weekly on Monie Love’s “Ladies First” show, which he produces and also mixes on which airs weekly on XM Satellite Radio on channel 65/Sirius 39 on the old school channel “Backspin”.
Jay Ski latest accomplishment is being the DJ for the “One World Hip-Hop Championship”, which has 3 episodes so far that have recently aired on MTV2, hosted by his long time friend and Philadelphia Hip-Hop Legend Parry P. But what he is most excited about is adding his expertise to the “Philly Syndication Network”, which shares the same goal as his original dream of doing radio the RIGHT way.