Jay Crawford's radio career began in 1974 when he joined the launch team at Radio Forth, Edinburgh's first commercial radio station.
By 1976 he was voted one of the top ten radio DJ's in a UK national poll.
He became an announcer for Scottish Television in 1976 and went on to present In Concert, Action Line and made TV appearances with STV, BBC and Sky.
In 2007 his Afternoon Drive show on Real Radio Scotland was number 1 for reach in Scotland and in the top ten most listened to afternoon shows in the UK, all other nine were national radio stations.
Jay worked with Radio Forth and Radio Clyde, Forth 1 and Forth 2, Clyde 1 and Clyde 2, Scot FM, Q96, Wave 102, TalkSport, Real Radio, Smooth Radio and Rock Radio either as a presenter or as Programme Controller.
He was Head of Music at Forth between 1981 and 1987 and Head of Music and Programmes for Forth 1 & 2 between 1993 and 1999. Jay joined the Wireless Group as Group Programme Director Scotland in 2000 and the Guardian Media Group as Programme Controller Real Radio Scotland in 2001. He was promoted to Programme Director, Senior Programme Director and then Brand Director UK during the following ten years with GMG.
Since then he has become one of the UK's most respected radio programmers being honoured with a Radio Academy Fellowship in 2008. Jay became Chair of the Scottish branch of the Radio Academy in 2009. Most recently in July 2012 at the Arqiva Awards Jay received the Chairman's Award in London's Park Plaza Hotel for his contribution to UK Commercial Radio.
Jay has won numerous radio awards both as a presenter and producer together with the unique accolade of being Radio Programmer of the Year in Scotland four years running. He has appeared on television many times and written for newspapers and magazines during his career. He has covered, reviewed, taken part in or observed the Edinburgh Festival professionally for the last 38 years. Jay proudly introduced Edinburgh's Hogmanay live from the stage in Princes Street for seven years running. He is also Hon. President of the Dog Aid Society Scotland. Jay lives in Edinburgh with his wife Dawn and Jake the dog.
Jay is voting "YES!" in the referendum on Scottish Independence.