Jay Franze: Award-Winning Producer / Engineer (Phil Vasser, Keith Urban, The Wilkinsons)


Jay Franze - Head Shot - AltIn this extraordinary episode of The Jay Franze Show, the tables are turned as the illustrious host, Jay Franze, enters the spotlight as the guest. Renowned industry expert guest host Reena Friedman Watts takes the reins, uncovering the captivating journey and invaluable insights of the multifaceted Jay Franze.

Jay, known for his illustrious career as a Producer/Engineer and a beacon in personal branding and artist development strategies, is recognized for his unparalleled contributions to the entertainment industry. With a career that spans legendary collaborations and groundbreaking projects, Jay shares riveting tales, exclusive stories, and behind-the-scenes anecdotes that promise to captivate and inspire.

From engineering projects for icons like Jerry Lee Lewis, Hank Williams Jr., and Dolly Parton to nurturing indie talents such as Matty McRee, Tristin Burke, and Allison Piccioni, Jay’s portfolio is a testament to his diverse expertise and unwavering passion for music.

Renowned studios like The Tracking Room, Oceanway, and Masterfonics have witnessed Jay’s mastery. At the same time, his collaborations with top-tier producers like Bob Bullock, Matt McClure, and Chas Sandford have left an indelible mark on the industry. His involvement with esteemed production companies and publishing giants further underscores his impact and influence within the music realm.

But Jay Franze’s accomplishments extend beyond the studio. His dedication to education, from teaching at prestigious audio schools globally to delivering guest lectures at renowned institutions, showcases his commitment to nurturing the next generation of talent.

A distinguished member of esteemed industry organizations such as The Recording Academy – Producers and Engineers Wing and the Audio Engineering Society, Jay’s involvement and contributions have been integral to shaping the landscape of professional audio recording.

Adding authorship to his repertoire, Jay’s literary contributions have earned acclaim within the audio engineering community, with books like “Pro Tools A…Z,” “Mixing A…Z,” and his latest masterpiece, “The IDEAS of Leadership.”

Beyond his musical endeavors, Jay’s expertise extends to the transportation and security industry, where his leadership prowess shines, handling high-profile clientele and spearheading intricate projects.

But amidst his remarkable professional journey, Jay’s heart remains close to his family, residing near Cincinnati with his wife Jennifer, their three beautiful daughters, and their cherished pets.

Join Reena Friedman Watts as she delves into the life, career, and multifaceted achievements of Jay Franze, unveiling a narrative that transcends the ordinary and exemplifies the true essence of an industry luminary.

Get ready for an engaging, enlightening, and inspiring conversation that peels back the layers of one of the entertainment industry’s most dynamic figures—only on this special episode of The Jay Franze Show.

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  • Host: Reena Friedman Watts
  • Guest: Jay Franze
  • Recorded: November 27, 2023


Tom Locke: Award-Winning Author / Music Historian (21 Jump Street, The X-Files, Millennium)


Tom LockeIn this episode of The Jay Franze Show, we are joined by a true Renaissance man, Tom Locke, an author, music historian, and business maven with a career that spans the realms of mathematics, film, entertainment, and coaching. Born and raised in Toronto, Tom’s journey is as diverse as it is fascinating.

From his early days in the film industry in Vancouver to co-founding Rainmaker Digital Pictures Corporation and contributing to the success of T.V. classics like 21 Jump Street, The X-Files, and Millennium, Tom has played a pivotal role in shaping the entertainment landscape. His experiences working on feature films such as Legends Of The Fall, which earned an Academy Award for best cinematography, provide a behind-the-scenes look at the magic of Hollywood.

But Tom’s story doesn’t stop there. In 1996, he embarked on a new chapter, launching a career and business coaching practice focused on human capital development and strategic planning. His passion for education led him to create and instruct a course on “Creating Your Competitive Edge” at the University of British Columbia.

Tom’s commitment to community investment and philanthropy is evident in his extensive involvement in various boards and charitable endeavors. His twenty years on the board of the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame & Museum and his production of a fundraising print for the 1994 Commonwealth Games showcase his dedication to honoring the past and inspiring the future.

As a lifelong sports enthusiast, Tom emphasizes the crucial role of sports in developing values and leadership. His energy and larger-than-life stories have made him a sought-after guest for podcasters, reporters, and T.V./radio hosts.

In the latter part of his career, Tom delved into the impact of digital technology on business, introducing the online world to his creation, “Moments In Time.” This curated journey through the music of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s has captivated audiences, earning Tom’s book, “Moments In Time: Stories About Artists And Songs,” five prestigious awards. The book’s unique interactive format, combining the “old” with the “new,” reflects Tom’s ability to bridge generations seamlessly.

Join Jay Franze as he sits down with Tom Locke to explore the diverse chapters of his life, the magic behind “Moments In Time,” and the invaluable lessons learned from a career that transcends industries.

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  • Host: Jay Franze
  • Guest: Tom Locke
  • Recorded: November 13, 2023


Teresa Strasser: Emmy-Winning Writer / Television Host / Author (Win Ben Stein’s Money, While You Were Out, Good Morning America)


Teresa StrasserIn this exciting episode of The Jay Franze Show, we are honored to welcome the multi-talented Teresa Strasser, an American writer, television personality, and Emmy award winner. Teresa’s journey has been remarkable, from her early days as a field correspondent to becoming a beloved co-host on The Adam Carolla Show.

Teresa’s impressive career spans various media, including television, radio, and writing. As an Emmy-winning writer for Comedy Central’s “Win Ben Stein’s Money” and an Emmy-nominated television host for TLC’s “While You Were Out,” she has left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry.

Teresa’s first book, “Exploiting My Baby: Because It’s Exploiting Me,” received critical acclaim and became a Los Angeles Times Bestseller. It transformation into a pilot for ABC, thanks to the collaboration with Jamie Tarses’ Fanfare Productions and Sony Pictures Television.

Not only is Teresa, a prolific writer, but she’s also an influential journalist with contributions to the Los Angeles Times and The Los Angeles Jewish Journal. Her poignant first-person essays have been recognized with three Los Angeles Press Club Awards, including the prestigious Columnist of the Year.

Teresa’s television credits include, her role as a field correspondent for WNYW-TV’s “Good Day New York,” and Fox shows like “Good Day Live” and “On Air With Ryan Seacrest.” Her engaging presence can still be enjoyed on re-runs of the USA Network’s “Character Fantasy.”

Her credits also include her time on ABC’s “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” and “The Chair.” Teresa has also charmed audiences with her appearances on the E! Network countdown shows, such as “50 Cutest Child Stars” and “101 Celebrity Oops.”

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Teresa holds the role as a spokesperson for prominent national brands, including U-Haul, Home Depot, LG, Domino’s, and Big Lots. Best Western Hotels and Resorts enjoyed collaborating with her on family travel adventures chronicled in print and on YouTube.

Named one of Arizona’s “Top Ten Social Media Moms” by The Arizona Republic and listed as “The Least Annoying People of the Year” by the New York Post, Teresa’s authenticity and charm have endeared her to audiences worldwide.

Currently, Teresa anchors the nightly syndicated entertainment show, “The List,” produced by the E.W. Scripps Company, for which she received a well-deserved 2015 Rocky Mountain Emmy Award for Best Host.

Join us for an inspiring and entertaining conversation as Teresa Strasser shares her insights, experiences, and valuable lessons learned throughout her extraordinary career. Tune in to The Jay Franze Show for an unforgettable episode with this talented and endearing television personality.

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  • Host: Jay Franze
  • Guest: Teresa Strasser
  • Recorded: August 8, 2023