Jaus is the morning drive host at Cox Media’ Group’s KCYY, San Antonio, known locally as “Y-100.” J.R. has been interim host for the program for several months, but he’s been named the permanent host starting this week, and the announcement comes from USRN’s EVP/Programming, Andy Denemark, in New York.
The 20Twenty Country Countdown debuted in March of 2015, and since its introduction it has remained the most current and most timely Countdown show ever produced for the Mainstream Country radio format because of its unique presentation of two charts in one show. Each weekend, The 20Twenty Countdown presents one 20-song countdown of what’s trending in the digital space for Country music, and that’s followed by a 20-song countdown representing the week’s top song in terms of Country radio airplay.
Clearly, streaming and other digital playback of music has altered everything about the ways in which music is consumed, and this show presents the two charts back to back each week. For radio programmers there’s the added plus that the show’s unique format often delivers the top songs in the nation twice in each 3-hour show with roughly 90-minutes of separation, and that closely matches the regular music rotations that radio stations use for the hottest songs of the week.
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J.R. has had a huge passion for Country Music ever since he was introduced to some of the giants of Country music while working on his uncle’s ranch located north of Bakersfield, CA, the city where Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and others created the famous “Bakersfield Sound.” J.R. started in radio at the age of 19 in San Diego, CA, and has worked for Clear Channel, CBS Radio and now Cox Media Group along the way. He’s also appeared on television as an awards show host and had been featured on Nickelodeon’s “Victorious” where he co-starred alongside Victoria Justice and Ariana Grande. Most recently in radio, as part of the Cox Media Group, J.R. was heard in afternoons at WWKA, Orlando.
In announcing J.R. Jaus as the new host, USRN’s Andy Denemark commented, “We love having hosts who can do it all… communicate well, speak to music fans and engage the audience via social media. J.R. does all that and more. We’re grateful to Cox Media Group’s Jeff Garrison for introducing us to J.R. and for his support of our exciting production.” J.R. added, “”So happy to be a part of this new countdown that I truly believe reflects the voice of country music fans. To host a project like this and be able to make it my own is really exciting for me. Thanks to Andy and the entire United Stations team for this opportunity.”