Jon Colwell

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Jon Colwell
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Colwell in 2018
Born Jonathan Quinton Collier
(1994-03-17) March 17, 1994 (age 28)
Hazard, Kentucky, United States
Occupation Radio Personality, Disc Jockey, Podcast Host
Years active 2006-present

Jonathan Quinton "Jon" Colwell (Born Jonathan Quinton Collier on March 17, 1994) is an American Radio Personality, Disc Jockey, and Podcast Host. Colwell is best known for his Radio Career, using the On-Air Name, Jammin' Jon, for being the Founder of Walkman TV, an Online Music Television Station, and the host of Jammin' Jon's Wrestling News.

Early Life

Colwell was born Jonathan Quinton Collier at the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center on March 17, 1994 to Crystal Colwell and John "Johnny" Collier. When he was an infant, his father left the family, leaving his mother to support him by working various jobs, including working at Wendy's and Beverly's Video Land, a local video store. Colwell states that his mother played the largest influence on his love of music.[1] As a kid, he developed a love for radio and loved listening to local radio personality Michael Dwayne of WZQQ and John Boy and Billy of WRFX. These radio personalities played a major influence on Colwell becoming a radio personality later on in life.[1] Colwell began his media career in 2006 when he was in sixth grade at A.B. Combs Elementary in Combs, Kentucky. Due to the school lacking a school newspaper, he created JC's Newsletter, which covered various topics on happenings at the school. In 2007, Colwell began posting videos on video-sharing site YouTube talking about Various Topics in the Professional Wrestling World.[1]

Radio Career

Internet Radio (2011)

When Colwell was 17, He made his debut as a radio personality on website Spreaker with his own show called Rowdyruff Radio. This show featured music from the Classic Rock and Country Genres. A few months into the show, local radio personality Sam Neace listened to an episode of Rowdyruff Radio and loved it. He instantly reached out to Colwell and offered him a show at WKCB-FM in Hindman, Kentucky. Colwell accepted and put an end to Rowdyruff Radio in December 2011.[1]

WKCB-FM (2011–2012)

Colwell made his FM Radio Debut on December 10, 2011 with WKCB-FM during his senior year at Perry County Central High School in Hazard, Kentucky. He hosted Flashback In 60 Minutes until November 2012, when he was cut due to a genre change for the station.[1]

WMMT-FM (2012–2014)

One month after graduating from high school, Colwell became the Co-Host of Killer Radio, Sam Neace's Radio Show at WMMT (FM) in Whitesburg, Kentucky. It was this tenure at WMMT where Colwell began using the name Jammin' Jon. During his tenure as Co-Host, he began interviewing celebrities. The first celebrity that he interviewed was Kip Winger in 2013.[2] When asked about the interview, Colwell said "Kip Winger was one of my favorite singers growing up. He was one of my idols. I did that interview with him and it was a really cool experience. We did this interview over his life and he absolutely loved it." He also interviewed Steve Riley (drummer) and pro wrestling legend Mick Foley in 2014. Colwell said of the Mick Foley interview, "It was really cool to me because I grew up a major wrestling fan. I grew up watching him as Mankind, Dude Love, and Cactus Jack. I never imagined that he would be here in Hazard. Those three interviews really helped me build my profile." Colwell along with Neace left WMMT in December 2014.[1]

WLZD-LP (2015–2017)

Colwell joined WLZD-LP in his hometown of Hazard, Kentucky in February 2015 with his show, Flashback Fridays with Jammin' Jon. He interviewed Kip Winger, the first celebrity he interviewed, again in 2015.[3] The show played every Friday from 4 to 7 PM.[1] In 2017, Colwell and fellow Radio Personality Jack Caudill began experiencing problems with the stations management. The problems arose when Colwell and Caudill, who had the most experience at the station behind Sam Neace, the stations manager at the time, began noticing that they where getting very little promotion and opportunities for their shows from Neace while newer Radio Personalities with little experience where getting better notoriety and multiple shows. Both Colwell and Caudill attempted to clear the issues with Neace by wanting seniority at the station while newer personalities paid their dues like how both did while also training them. Neace denied any favoritism at the station, citing that both Flashback Fridays and Throwback with Jack Attack were the most popular shows in ratings, despite the fact that Friday Night Dynamite had become the top show at the time. A few weeks later, Caudill informed Colwell that he would be leaving WLZD-LP. When asked on if he would leave as well, Colwell agreed he would that upcoming summer. However, this decision was changed to merge Flashback with Throwback when Colwell discovered that Neace and his wife were secretly taking his show off the air and removing him from the station altogether. This caused an internal dispute between Colwell and Neace, who had problems stemming from their WMMT days. This dispute led to Neace promoting his wife to Assistant General Manager, and attempting to cut the final hour of the Flashback/Throwback Farewell Show. Both Caudill and Colwell done the farewell show in June 2017. Shortly after Colwell left, he severed ties with Sam Neace.

WSGS-FM (2017–2019)

Shortly after leaving WLZD-LP, Colwell joined another hometown station in WSGS-FM. He worked as a board operator for local high school sports and would interview Phil Neace of the Perry County Central Commodore Players. In early 2019, Colwell began experiencing problems with Devin Combs, a program director at the station. Around this time, Combs informed Colwell that Sam Neace, whom Colwell had endured multiple problems with in the past, was getting a show on WZQQ-FM on Saturday Nights. Colwell talked to management about the problems he faced with Neace at WMMT and WLZD, and advised that he did not feel comfortable working at the station with Neace. Despite his efforts, Neace was still granted a show at the station. Given this decision, Colwell left WSGS in May 2019.

Jammin' Jon's Wrestling News (2017–Present)

Colwell made his return to online radio through the podcasting website Spreaker in 2017, where he made his radio debut back in September 2011. On October 29th, 2017 he launched Jammin' Jon's Wrestling News for Amazon Alexa Devices. It became the first Pro Wrestling News Skill for Amazon Echo Devices. The show also broadcasts on Spotify and iTunes. New episodes can be heard Mondays through Fridays with Breaking News in between. A meme was created on Discord in 2018 centering around the way Jon introduces each episode. The show celebrated it's 500th Episode on May 11th, 2020.

Television Career

Walkman TV (2017)

In 2017, Colwell decided to create his own online music television station. The station, Walkman TV, which name comes from the Sony Walkman, is billed as a "Revival of 1980s and 1990s MTV." The station airs some of the earliest known music videos from the 1950s-1970s along some of the most popular music videos from the 1980s and the 1990s. When asked about coming up with the idea of Walkman TV, Colwell said “My whole purpose for making Walkman TV was, I was born in 1994 and I got to experience near the end of the 1990s TRL and all of that on MTV, I wanted to bring that back. I absolutely loved it. I absolutely loved the music videos that were shown on MTV.” He also said that since the late 1990s, MTV shifted their focus from music video programming to reality based series. He said he grew up watching music videos on MTV and he wants to bring that programming back, citing the music video for the song, "Coffee and TV" by Blur (band) mesmerized him. Colwell also said he wants local bands and artists to get involved with Walkman TV by sending in music videos, and would air these music videos for free on the station. He said about having local artists and bands on the station, “I want to go and take local bands and artists that shows me that they have talent and I want to put them on Walkman TV. If they have a music video shot, I want them on Walkman TV." He hopes the youth will become inspired to pick up music themselves by watching the music videos on the station like how he was influenced as a kid. Colwell also has plans to expand the station by the end of 2017 by incorporating a news segment into the station’s programming. The news segment will focus on news out of East Kentucky and Nationwide.[1] Walkman TV shut down in August 2017.

Personal Life

Colwell was diagnosed as a child with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which he continues to live with to this day. As a child, Colwell was timid and shy, and was often bullied in grade and high school. Colwell experienced depression and anxiety problems due to the constant bullying that he would receive. He is an advocate for anti-bullying and mental health support networks. Colwell is also left handed.

Colwell is a huge Professional Wrestling fan and has been reporting on the Pro Wrestling Industry since 2008 when he was 14. He has been to multiple wrestling events and cites Sting, Kane, and Chris Jericho for making him a wrestling fan.

In February 2019, Colwell had a near death experience when he suffered a Class III Hemorrhage after Wisdom Teeth Extraction Surgery. He lost over forty ounces of blood and suffered severe Hypotension when admitted into the hospital. A day later, Colwell's blood pressure was normal and he was discharged from the hospital. Colwell has stated that this experience traumatized him, and that he was never the same person after this experience.

Colwell's Grandfather Perkins Colwell died on September 30th, 2019. Perkins Colwell was the father figure to Jon when his biological father was absent in his life, and was also a big Pro Wrestling fan. Colwell done a tribute to his grandfather on Jammin' Jon's Wrestling News after a week long absence due to the event.

Colwell rekindled and made amends with his biological father in December 2015.

Colwell is also a massive sports fan. He is a fan of the Kentucky Wildcats, North Carolina Tar Heels, Xavier Musketeers, Carolina Hurricanes, St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames, Charlotte Hornets, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Carolina Panthers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Colwell is also a fan of NASCAR.

Colwell began dating Sierra Dollarhyde on July 2nd, 2020. However, the couple broke up on July 13th, 2020 a week into dating.

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