Jimmy Alvarez is a media/business professional, radio personality and author. Based in southern California, Alvarez is currently an executive producer at TNN Radio and on-air personality at KX935 (KXRN, 93.5 FM, Laguna Beach, California). Alvarez is a former segment producer and on-air personality at 106.7 KROQ in Los Angeles, California.
After working as a club DJ in Los Angeles in the early 80s, Alvarez was hired as a segment producer at KROQ 106.7 FM in 1988. This was during the time when KROQ was an Infinity Broadcasting Corporation station. In the late 80's to mid 90's Jimmy produced Openline, KROQ's Public Affairs program with Scott Mason, Boyd "Doc on the Rock" Britton, Gene "Bean" Baxter (of Kevin and Bean) and evening joq Doug "Sluggo" Roberts. Alvarez acquired his FCC license in 1989, enabling him to move over to live on-air broadcasting. In this capacity, he worked with Native Wayne Jobson on KROQ's Reggae Revolution and with former Loveline host Swedish Egil Aalvik on "All Night Radio." Jimmy was also an occasional co-host. Alvarez also did occasional segment producing for Rodney Bingenheimer.
Jimmy teamed up with Egil, assisting in the production of live programs in the early days of Mars FM – KDLD (103.1FM), which was based in Santa Monica, California. Some of his work included their original dance radio programs.
As an MC, Alvarez annually hosts the Ska Luau in Anaheim with fellow ska disc jockey Tazy Phillipz of the Ska Parade. Alvarez has also introduced notables acts such as: Berlin, Black Uhuru, The Damned, Dramrama, a Flock of Seagulls, Missing Persons, The Motels, Mustard Plug, Oingo Boingo Dance Party, Reel Big Fish, Starpool, The Untouchables, Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Wailers and X .
In 1996, Alvarez temporarily left radio to pursue his ventures in banking/finance. Alvarez became the Vice President of Operations at a mortgage subsidiary of Lehman Brothers. During his tenure, he authored a book titled "Real Estate Lending in the New Millennium", released in 2007 by Red Lead Press as an encyclopedic guide to the world of Real Estate investing and specifically sub-prime markets.
During the financial crisis of 2007–2008, Alvarez left Lehman Brothers to work in Risk Management. Since then, he has continued to write about the financial world in articles with financial media outlets such as DS News, The National Mortgage News and Mortgage Orb. .
- 1. In 2006, Alvarez returned to the broadcasting industry, launching the internet radio program TNN Radio. The program streams alternative music, ska, and punk from the '80s through the modern day. Until April 2014, the program was broadcast live from the American Radio Network Studios in Anaheim, California on Saturday afternoons with Alvarez as the host. The music format is similar to that of KROQ, 91X in San Diego, and Live 105 in San Francisco. Starting May 4, 2014, the show broadcasts Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Pacific Time Zone), KX935 (93.5 FM) in Laguna Beach, California.
- 2. 2013, Alvarez became an Academy Member of the OC Music Awards, and also serves as a judge for their Live Band Music Showcase.
- 3 Annually, Alvarez has featured interviews on the Southern California leg of the Vans Warped Tour. He also covers MusInk, Air + Style and was a regular at the Sunset Strip Music Festival as well as the Orange County Music Awards.
- 4. In December 2013, Alvarez's video interview with the band American Authors was featured on the band's website to coincide with the release of their album, Oh, What a Life, in March 2014.
- 5. Notably, Alvarez's program on TNN was the platform which the band Suburban Legends chose to announce their album Day Job.
- 6. In March, 2015 Alvarez produced an interview segment for the KX935 morning show with blues icon Buddy Guy.
- 7. In February 2016, Alvarez set and conducted interviews with the KX935 Morning show and TNN RADIO to promote the 2016 MusInk Festival with festival organizers John Reese and Travis Barker. Later that year he interviewed Warped Tour organizer, Kevin Lyman.
- 8 On June 17, 2016 Alvarez / TNN RADIO and KX935 published a semi-autobiographical music history piece on the evolution of the ska genre in the OC Weekly. The story chronicled the history and evolution of the genre through the eyes of Alvarez. Featured interviews included ska icons English Beat, The Specials, Selecter, Big D and the Kids Table, Reel Big Fish, Sublime with Rome, The Untouchables and The Interrupters.
- 9. On July 24, 2016 Alvarez and co-host Preiss interviewed Milo Aukerman of the Descendents and discussed their 7th studio album Hyercaffium Spazzinate, and debuted songs of the new album. On July 28, 2016, Alvarez published an article on the band in the OC Weekly entitled Beyond the Music, the Story of the Descendents [Arlene Semko, Editor).
- 10. In July 2016, Alvarez and Semko published two articles in the OC Weekly based on semi-autobiographical events with the Voodoo Glow Skulls, and Johnny Vatos and Oingo Boingo Dance Party.
- 11. On August 14, 2016 Alvarez and Christina Preiss interviewed Chris Cheney of The Living End at the KX935 studio. It was Cheney's first US radio interview since 2012 after returning to the stage.
Over his distinguished career, Alvarez has produced, hosted and published interviews, podcasts, video projects and photo engagements with notable acts such as:
311, 999, The Adicts, AFI, A Flock of Seagulls, The Airborne Toxic Event, Alien Ant Farm, Alkaline Trio, All American Rejects, American Authors, Angels & Airwaves, Anti-Flag, The Aquabats, Asking Alexandria, Aswad, Awolnation, B52's, Bad Religion, Ballyhoo, Pato Banton, Berlin, Black Uhuru, blink-182, Blondfire, Big D and the Kids Table, David Bowie, Annabella Lwin of Bow Wow Wow, Buzzcocks, Cage the Elephant, Cherie Currie of The Runaways, The Church, The Damned, Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedy's, The Descendents, Desmond Dekker, The Dirty Heads, Dramarama, Dropkick Murphys, Echo & The Bunnymen, The English Beat, The Expendables, Face to Face, Fishbone, Florence + The Machine, Foo Fighters, Green Day, The Growlers, Buddy Guy, The Head and the Heart, John Lee Hooker, Interpol, The Interrupters, Iration, Joe Strummer, Ritzy Bryan of The Joy Formidable, L7, Less Than Jake, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Lit, Maxi Priest, Middle Class Rut, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Misfits, Missing Persons, Morrissey, The Motels, The Mowglis, Mustard Plug, New Found Glory, Nirvana, Mojo Nixon, The Offspring, OK GO, Paul Weller, Pearl Jam, Pennywise, Pepper, Peter Murphy, Pixies, P.O.D., Public Image Limited, Puddle of Mudd, Ramones, Rage Against the Machine, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Reel Big Fish, The Rentals, The Reverend Horton Heat, Rise Against, She Wants Revenge, The Selecter, Shonen Knife, The Slackers, Slightly Stoopid, Social Distortion, The Specials, Starpool, Steel Pulse, Stone Temple Pilots, Sublime, Sublime with Rome, Suburban Legends, The Suicide Machines, Suicidal Tendencies, Supersuckers, SWMRS, Taking Back Sunday, Taj Mahal, The 1975, Third Eye Blind, They Might Be Giants, The Toasters, Toots and the Maytals, UB40, The Untouchables, The Vandals, Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Wailers, They Might Be Giants, Walk the Moon, Weezer, Well Hung Heart, UB40, X, Young the Giant, and Zebrahead.
- Superstations. PediaPress – via Google Books.
- Alvarez, J. D. (1 November 2007). Real Estate Lending in the New Millennium: The Sub-prime Market. Red Lead Press. ISBN 978-0-8059-8391-3 – via Google Books.
- article Dispelling Ghosts
- "About US". 16 October 2015.
- Day Job Wikipedia article
- Roman, Gabriel San (16 September 2015). "Laguna Beach's KX-FM 93.5 Continues Its Indie Radio Rebellion".
- Alvarez, Jimmy (17 June 2016). "The Evolution of Ska Through the Eyes of an OC Radio DJ".
- Alvarez, Jimmy (29 July 2016). "Oingo Boingo Dance Party Pays Tribute to the Original Band's Undead Spirit".
- Alvarez, Jimmy (29 July 2016). "How Voodoo Glow Skulls Became the Godfathers of Skacore".
- Alvarez, Jimmy (28 July 2016). "The Descendents Keep Their Punk Lineage Alive With New Album".
- Alvarez, Jimmy (16 August 2016). "Ska Bands Raise Money For Young Fan With Cancer at Carterpalooza Tomorrow".