Jed the Fish
Jed the Fish
Edwin Jed Fish Gould III
July 15, 1955
Edwin Jed Fish Gould III (born July 15, 1955), known to radio listeners as "Jed the Fish", is a disc jockey who hosted afternoon drive on KROQ-FM in Los Angeles, from 1978 to 2012. Known for his maniacal laugh and biting humor, he interviewed seminal alternative acts such as Brian Eno, David Bowie, Sting and Elvis Costello, and is sometimes credited as the first DJ on KROQ to play The Offspring's "Come Out and Play" in 1994 and Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” in 2008. An early supporter of New Wave and alternative bands, Jed the Fish is reputed to be the first US DJ to play Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, The Pretenders and many so-called new wave bands, helping KROQ establish itself as the preeminent alternative radio station of the 1980s and 1990s.
Born Edwin Fish Gould III, Jed is a hybrid of the first initial of his mother’s name, Joanne, and his father’s name, Ed. Fish is a multigenerational family name. Not his favorite band, he was nevertheless exited to have seen The Rolling Stones at a concert in Anaheim Stadium in 1978 — a tumultuous year in music 1978 in music. At 1:15 am, KROQ’s Darrell Wayne called and asked him if he could do his first shift on the radio station. Although he volunteered to waive the first three months of his salary, he was retroactively paid for every shift. At KROQ, going in turns by “The Fish” and “Jed,” he adopted the name “Jed the Fish” in 1978 at the suggestion of a friend of former KROQ general manager Gary Bookasta.
Jed the Fish began his radio broadcasting career while a student at Casa Grande High School in Arizona. The Newport Beach, CA native spent his high school years with his family in Casa Grande, Arizona earning his First Class Radiotelephone Operator License in 1971 at age 16, programming and hosting a radio program targeted at the “youth market” on KPIN-AM in the afternoons where his interest in alternative radio formats and recording techniques took shape. His other interests included art, drama, and cinema. He was also Student Body President.
From 1984-1985, Jed the Fish took a one-year hiatus from KROQ to recover from addiction. He also worked at KWVE-FM, and “The Quake” KQAK, San Francisco's new wave alt rock during the last three months the station was on the air. This was followed by a brief stint on the then-album-oriented rock format KCBS in San Francisco where he was fired for playing Elvis Costello on Live Aid day, July 13, 1985. One month later, in August 1985, Jed the Fish rejoined KROQ.
From 1994 to July 2013, Jed hosted the nationally syndicated show Out of Order. It is a countdown of the most popular alternative rock songs in the country, but, as the name implies, the songs are not played in numeric order. Out of Order is two hours long and is syndicated by Dial Global.
In addition to his on-air work, Jed the Fish produced the Southern California punk band El Centro debut album in 1995 and the remix track “Thing” on Meg Lee Chin’s Junkies and Snakes in 2000.
Jed the Fish was awarded Billboard's Major Market Alternative Radio Personality of the year in 1998 and 2000 (in 1999 his co-workers Kevin and Bean took home the prize). He won Album Network's Alternative All Stars award for Virtuallyalternative Radio Personality in 1999 and 2000.
In 2004, he tied for 8th place along with former 102.7 KIIS-FM DJ Rick Dees as one of LA Radio’s top ten most influential radio people described as “amazingly inventive” and “the best pure disc jockey in Los Angeles.”
A graduate of USC's Annenberg School of Journalism with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism in 1978, Jed is also an accomplished drummer, even sitting in on drums for John Dolmayan during the KROQ Weenie Roast performance of System of a Down in 2002. In 2017, he joined Beat Lab Academy where he is currently studying music production and composition.
- Jed the Fish is shown on the cover of Reel Big Fish's album, Turn The Radio Off
- Jed the Fish appears as himself in the game show “Win, Lose, or Draw: KRTH vs KROQ” in 1988
- Jed the Fish appears as a Radio Announcer in the film Night Angel in 1990
- Jed the Fish appears as himself in 1984 in Surf II
- Jed the Fish appears as himself in the 2003 documentary Mayor of the Sunset Strip the Rodney Bingenheimer documentary
- "Top 10 Los Angeles Radio People of 2004". LARadio.com. Don Barrett. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016.
Born Edwin Jed Fish Gould III on July 15, 1955, Jed the Fish grew up in the beach cities of Orange County and in Casa Grande, Arizona, where at age 16 he began his first radio job at KPIN-AM.
- Leitereg, Neal J. (June 1, 2017). "Disc jockey Jed the Fish lists his pristine Queen Anne Victorian in Pasadena". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
Jed Gould, the disc jockey better known as Jed the Fish, has put his Queen Anne Victorian on the market in Pasadena for $2.299 million.
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