Talk Show Host Follows Mother's Footsteps

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

( - Today, Jason Jarvis begins his second week as host of a national radio show - a show that until last month belonged to his mother.

For the past 16 months, Jarvis has been filling in for his mother, Judy, who was suffering from lung cancer. After her death last month, he has assumed hosting duties full-time, the first time that's ever happened in the world of national talk radio.

The 31-year-old Jason is enjoying his first few weeks on the show, which is heard live and on tape delay in many parts of the country.

"It's been going very well. We've been getting a great response from the listeners; none of the affiliates have dropped me, so I take that to be a good sign. It's really something that my mother and I prepared for, so it's sort of an easier transition than you would think," Jarvis told

Besides being a co-host, Jason served as his show's producer after spending time working in the print media for various publications, including National Journal's "Hotline," based in Washington, D.C.

After filling in for his mother several times during the last year, the talk show bug caught Jason.

"I filled in for her when she was sick over the last year. I really enjoyed doing the program. I enjoy talking about issues, I enjoy talking to people, and I'm having a lot of fun doing it," Jarvis said.

Jarvis says his three-hour talk show consists of guests and caller interaction. "Essentially we talk about current events, news issues. It's a variety show, so some hours it will be a straight talk hour with no guests. I'll introduce a subject, I'll tell people what my opinion is and then I'll let them call in to challenge me or agree with me. Or we'll put on guests. We had John Cusack on to talk about his new movie High Fidelity, things like that."

"The point of the program," according to Jarvis, "is to get people engaged in current events, entertain them with the news and pass three hours of their day."

Jarvis also credits his mother for helping prepare for talk radio by attending various events with her while growing up.

"I have always been a news junkie. I used to tag along with my mother to all sorts of political conventions, news conference and I remember as a baby going to Clamshell Alliance meetings, the protesters of the Seabrook nuclear power plant in New Hampshire. But probably the better learning ground for being a host was at the dinner table when I was young. I have always been a forceful person with a strong personality and now I have an opportunity to exercise that on the air," Jarvis told

As to the future, Jarvis wants to continue doing the radio talk show in hopes of being a big star some day.

"I want to do this and I want to be huge. I want to be on 600-700 stations and make a lot of money. Absolutely. This is it. I want to make the Jason Jarvis show into a well known program where people can tune in and talk about the news and listen to me skewer both political parties in the most even and fair way possible," Jarvis said.

Jason's mother, Judy Jarvis had a reputation for being an independent-minded host. Jason vows to continue in that tradition.

"Basically, independent with a strong libertarian streak," Jarvis said of his political views.

Besides being on radio in various markets, Jarvis's show may be heard over the Internet as well at