Jay Franze

Jay Franze, the no-nonsense host of The Jay Franze Show, engages listeners with insightful and thought-provoking conversations. With a burning passion for his craft, Jay creates an immersive, unforgettable experience for his listeners. His knack for connecting with guests and audience members alike has earned him a rock-solid reputation. If you’re after a perfect blend of sharp wit, deep insights, and pure entertainment, look no further than The Jay Franze Show—your ultimate destination for compelling content delivered by and master dry humorist.

Jay has engineered projects for a host of legendary artists, including Jerry Lee Lewis, Hank Williams, Jr., and Dolly Parton, and produced and engineered projects for indie artists such as Matty McRee, Tristin Burke, and Allison Piccioni. In addition, he has engineered shows for such greats as Phil Vasser, Keith Urban, and The Wilkinsons. He has also collaborated with top-notch producers like Bob Bullock, Matt McClure, and Chas Sandford and worked extensively in studios such as The Tracking Room, Oceanway, and Masterfonics. Several production companies have also benefited from his expertise, including Spin Red Productions, Pitt/Penn Productions, and Cristaldi Music. He has even engineered projects for many publishing companies like Real Life Music, Shadow Mountain Music, and Hanalei Music Group. His work has also been published by DSM Producers securing airtime on NBC, Comedy Central, and Saturday Night Live.

Jay earned his Recording Engineering and Music Production certification at The Recording Workshop in Ohio, obtained a certificate in Music Business from Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music, and attended the Pro Tools Training Center, where he received Avid’s Pro Tools certification. Later, in Nashville, He also received a diploma and graduated with High Honors in Audio Technology at the SAE Institute of Technology. Additionally, he received a Business Degree from a Massachusetts State College, a credential of readiness from the Harvard Business School, and a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership from The University of Queensland.

He has taught at some of the most prestigious audio schools in the world, including SAE Institute, International Academy of Design and Technology, and Full Sail University. Jay has also been a guest lecturer at such schools as CDIA Boston University, Belmont University, and The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. He has been invited to speak at industry events, including the Recording Artist Survival Camp – Tennessee State University, Boston Area Definitive Audio Student Summit – Art Institute/The New England Institute of Art, and Central Region Student Summit – Webster University.

Jay has been involved in The Recording Academy – Producers and Engineers Wing (as a voting member), The Society Of Professional Audio Recording Services, and the Audio Engineering Society. There, he served as the Vice-Chair of their Boston Chapter, 2008-2009. Before the position of Vice-Chair, he also sat on the board of their Nashville Chapter, 2005-2008. Not only has he volunteered his time to these societies, but he has also been enlisted to Beta Testing Avid’s software Pro Tools before its release to the public.

Jay has also penned four books, two of which have received phenomenal marks throughout the audio engineering community. The first, entitled “Pro Tools A…Z,”  gives a comprehensive look into Avid’s industry-standard software presented as a textbook in an easy-to-follow format. The second, “Mixing A…Z,” demystifies critical mixing techniques and is an excellent companion to mix engineers at all levels and experiences. His latest book, “The IDEAS of Leadership,” teaches leadership through a framework called IDEAS: Innovation, Development, Engagement, Action, and Sincerity. This framework provides guidance to becoming a leader focusing on leadership development in the modern day, and is an excellent follow-up to his previous book, “Leadership: lessons from the field.”

Jay is from Boston; however, he currently lives in Northern Kentucky just outside Cincinnati with his lovely wife, Jennifer, his three beautiful daughters, Bella, Lucy, and Valen, and their two dogs, Charlie and Zoe.