Jay C. Batzner is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida where he teaches theory, composition, and technology courses as well as coordinates the composition program. He holds degrees in composition and/or theory from the University of Missouri Kansas City, the University of Louisville, and the University of Kansas.

Jay's music is primarily focused around instrumental chamber works as well as electroacoustic composition. His music has been recorded on the Capstone, Vox Novus, and Beauport Classical labels and is published by Unsafe Bull Music.

Jay is a sci-fi geek, an amateur banjoist, a home brewer, and juggler.

It's that time of week...

...for a new podcast episode.

Tune in and listen to balloon love.

I'm having a lot of fun with this, by the way. I don't know if any of you are, but I certainly am.

It takes me back to my brief stint on college radio while at the University of Kansas. I had a show on KJHK, the student run station, called "Twisted Ear." The station was primarily an alt-rock station and they would open their programming for proposals of new shows. I offered to spin contemporary classical music and they put me on Sunday nights from 11 PM to 2 AM during the summer. I would grab tons of CDs, records, tapes, and just play stuff. It was fun.

Eventually, during the school year, they put me on earlier. I was on from 10 - midnight on Sundays right after "The Space-Age Bachelor Pad" with Judy Jetson (not her real name). So, you'd hear 2 hours of lounge music followed up by 2 hours of my stuff. I had more fun pretending that people were listening than the actual non-listeners had.

My favorite things were the giveaways and the "mail bag" episodes. One night I gave away boxes of cereal for guessing the colors of Michael Torke's various Color Pieces. The phones were busy all night. Also, one night I had a "Concerto Conflict" (instead of Battle of the Bands) where the Champion: Berg's Violin Concerto took on the Challenger: Stravinsky's Violin Concerto. The call-in votes were tied (2 for each).

I always entertained myself, which is all you can really do in radio. Not to brag, but I even won an award from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters for DJ Personality in Graduate Radio. People were kind of mad at me for that. They wanted the host of the polka show to win.

Anyhow, I'm enjoying myself. Entertaining myself. Even if nobody else is listening.