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“Borasio” -- aka Jimmy, Junior, Big B or any of the other affectionate nicknames that he answers to -- was born at St Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ on March 4th 1972. He graduated from James Caldwell High School in 1990 and immediately started his own private DJ and entertainment company.
Borasio is an avid animal lover and an especially strong supporter of harsher punishment for animal abusers. His quick wit and life in the music business has provided lots of unique opportunities including working with Cuba Gooding Jr, RuPaul, The Bee Gees, Barry White, and David Lee Roth to name a few!
Borasio relocated to historic Flagstaff, Arizona to work on a heritage radio station for 2 years, then moved on to New York City. He was on the air on the morning of September 11th, 2001 -- during the attacks on the World Trade Center. “It was a life changing experience,” Borasio says. “It made me realize how important terrestrial radio is to people in their everyday lives and it made me so proud to be a part of that system -- to be there for the people who needed information and a calming voice. It gave my purpose a much greater meaning”
Borasio currently resides in Sparta, NJ, and can be heard on the TriState’s Rock Station, 103.7 NNJ, every Monday through Saturday morning from 6 to 10am.
It's obviously impossible to pinpoint the exact moment when heavy metal was born, but exploring the genre's origins makes it crystal clear that classic rock artists had no small part in its development. Heavy metal's evolutionary chart plays out like a Who's Who of both hard and classic rock musicians. Trying to keep track of all the major players is hard work, so we've done the heavy lifting for you. With that, we bring you our tally of 11 Classic Rock Artists That Shaped Heavy Metal:
When it comes to popular progressive rock bands, Rush are at the top of the heap. The Canadian power trio’s first two albums — 1974’s self-titled and 1975’s ‘Fly by Night’ — were metal-tinged affairs; the former showcased the band’s love of Led Zeppelin and Cream, the latter featured the debut of drummer Neil Peart. It wasn’t until ‘Caress of Steel’ that they veered off into prog territory, clearly showing their intentions with the 20-minute, six-part epic ‘The Fountain of Lamneth.’
Van Halen Eddie Van Halen and his famous homemade Frankenstrat guitar did some impressive things together on the band's 1978 self-titled album, most notably taking the generally accepted limits of guitar virtuosity and turning them on their ear. Van Halen were one of the last bands to have a revolutionary impact on metal, and Eddie’s monstrous metallic crunch and scorching lead solos — not to mention his two-handed finger tapping — are musical precision at its finest. The band will soon return with their first David Lee Roth-fronted album in over 25 years.
Metallica Thrash masters Metallica dragged the underground thrash scene kicking and screaming (or more accurately, shredding and screaming) into the mainstream in the ‘80s with ‘Master of Puppets’ and ‘Ride the Lightning.' Soon after, 1991’s self-titled 'Black Album' made them international superstars, and they continue to be the reigning kings of metal to this day
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin weren’t heavy metal per se, but their heavy, blues-based rock sound certainly was a major influence on the genre. Although Zeppelin dabbled in many different musical styles, the lumbering, hard-hitting grooves of ‘Good Times Bad Times’ and ‘Dazed and Confused’ off their eponymous debut certainly paved the way for metal. The same could be said by the way for bands like Cream, Jimi Hendrix and even the Beatles — if for nothing more than ‘Helter Skelter.'