J. J. Jackson (a.k.a. Triple J) liked to be on the cutting edge of whatever was happening in music. A former Marine, he knew he wanted a career in radio after hearing pioneering progressive rock station WBCN in his hometown of Boston.  

He joined the air staff during the turbulent years of protests and ant-war activism.  He was also one of the first deejays to play groups like The Who and Led Zeppelin.

 

In 1981, JJ was part of another groundbreaking team, as one of the original Veejays on MTV. He later returned to Los Angeles radio where he was heard on stations including the legendary KROQ.

 

These clips are from an interview we shot in LA with JJ not long before his untimely death from a heart attack in 2004,  just weeks before his 63rd birthday.