KVRU 105.7 FM is pleased to announce Maurice Jones Jr. will join the radio station staff starting immediately. Jones grew up in Central Seattle and founded the Central Area Youth Association’s (CAYA) multimedia performing arts program in the 1990s. He has worked with diverse youth and parents, developing programs and curricula and consulting with school districts, museums, and the Technology Access Foundation (TAF). More recently, Jones co-managed the Columbia City Theatre to bring a broad range of ethnically diverse programming to the neighborhood.
“Maurice has an outstanding record of developing diverse youth – including children of color, immigrant and at-risk kids – to become media makers, entrepreneurs, and community leaders,” says KVRU station manager Sharon Maeda. “We know that KVRU’s future and that of the diverse communities of Southeast Seattle depend on telling our stories. Maurice is the perfect person to help KVRU achieve that.”
Maurice Jones Jr. is the co-founder of Very Juicy Entertainment – a multimedia production house serving the west coast music, video, and film communities. He has a wealth of experience designing production facilities, producing and performing on recordings, as well as educating local youth. He has recorded and toured as a bassist with notable artists including the Neville Brothers, Peter Gabriel, and the Grammy-winning, ethnically diverse fusion band SongCatchers.
“I am proud to have the opportunity to contribute to a radio station committed to diverse community participation. My goal is to help make this station the voice of the multiple ethnicities that live and work in South Seattle,” said Jones.
Jones is a US Army veteran and is married to media attorney and singer-songwriter Lara Lavi. Their son, Cameron Miles Lavi-Jones, a University of Washington sophomore, leads the alt-rock group Gypsy Temple.