Jason Thomas

Monday – Friday: 4-8pm
Host: The Big Beat

So, it may not always sound like it, but I’ve been yakking into a mic between records for almost 20 years now, if you count my time at student-run KVHS in Concord, CA in the late ’90s… Yeah, I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay) and developed a love for radio at the age of 8 when I would fall asleep listening to San Francisco Giants games on KNBR. It then became a bit of a habit of mine, falling asleep with the radio on. [Read Jason’s Full Bio]

LONDON - APRIL 11:  Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo of Danish group Raveonettes perform during the fourth night of a series of concerts and events in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust organised by charity Patron Roger Daltrey, at the Royal Albert Hall on April 11, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)

The Raveonettes Ditch Traditional Album Format with RAVE-SOUND-OF-THE-MONTH [Listen]

The Raveonettes have 12 new songs for you to enjoy, but they’re not being released in the form of a traditional album. Not yet, anyway.


5th April 1969:  Rock singer Janis Joplin (1943 - 1970).  (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

PBS to Air Janis Joplin Documentary [Watch]

Who doesn’t love a good doc on PBS?! Janis Joplin is the subject of the latest edition of “American Masters.”


Twin Peaks photo by Daniel Topete

THE BIG BEAT: April 25, 2016 [Listen]

If you’re looking to get lost in a couple hours of brand new tracks… This is your jam.


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The Greatest Music Festival Moment, Capped Off By Prince

When I learned of Prince’s passing earlier today, I went back to 1984 and 2008…


Tegan and Sara (Photo: Pamela Littky)

THE BIG BEAT: April 18, 2016 [Listen]

Another action-packed two hours of radio this past Monday night on XRT and because Jason loves you so much, he has links to everything that was played so you don’t have to miss a thing.


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Record Store Days of My Youth [Listen]

With Record Store Day right around the corner, it’s got me thinking about how the record stores of my youth out in the San Francisco Bay Area changed my life and how I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing today without them.


NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07:  Channy Leaneagh of the band Poliça performs during 2013 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 7, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)

THE BIG BEAT: April 11, 2016 [Listen]

Looking to take in some live music this weekend? Poliça and Night Moves both have Saturday night gigs coming up here in town and they’re just two of the many bands you can sample from this week’s episode of THE BIG BEAT.


AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 27:  Lead singer Jehnny Beth of London based band Savages performs live on stage during the Laneway Festival on January 27, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

Jason’s Top 5 BIG BEAT Tracks of 2016 (So Far)

If THE BIG BEAT is a new music highlights show, then think of this post as the highlights of the highlights show.


(Photo: Marty Rosenbaum)

Performance Stage Memories with Ty Segall & Pantyhose

If you’re wondering what you might be missing when it comes to private performances here at XRT, Jason Thomas has a little story to tell about Ty Segall…and pantyhose.


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THE BIG BEAT: April 4, 2016 [Listen]

One of our DJ’s goes through hours and hours and hours of new music every week so that you don’t have to. If you’re not yet familiar with Frankie Cosmos, LUH, Louis The Child and Eagulls… Well, THAT’S WHAT THE SHOW IS FOR. Dig into it.



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