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Jason is the daily host of 104.5 The Zone’s morning drive show, J-Mart and Ramon, which debuted last September. Alongside partner and 11 year NFL veteran Ramon Foster, the program has quickly become one of the most entertaining listens on the dial, with a chaotic mix of serious and irreverent. He also hosts The Jason Martin Show, syndicated nationally on Fox Sports Radio. The program is heard on over 400 affiliates nationwide from 3-6 AM ET every Sunday, The program can also be heard on 104.5 The Zone from 2-5 AM CT.
Jason’s journey with WGFX-FM began back in 2012 when he interned for the Midday 180 while attending Western Kentucky University. He had previously spent a few years as a student at North Carolina State University in Raleigh in 1997 and 1998, but then worked in professional wrestling as an announcer, creative director, talent, and an editorial freelance writer for the next decade before returning to school in 2010. He graduated with a degree in broadcast communications from WKU in 2013 and was officially hired by The Zone in March of that year.
As a part of our Zone team, Jason served in many capacities, including guest hosting or lead hosting every day part on the station. He has also hosted Squared Circle Radio every Sunday morning since January of 2014. He hosted The Big 6 for two years at 6 PM and was the editor in chief of the Big 6 Blog, writing multiple weekly pieces and reviews of television and movies. Jason is also an original member of the Music City Film Critics Association, which formed in 2018.
For much of the decade, he moved from announcing duties in pro wrestling to serving as play by play announcer for both the KHSAA and TSSAA in football and basketball, including calling multiple State Championship games. He also hosted Inside Hilltopper Sports Radio in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and was a staff writer for Sporting Times Magazine and online portal.
In 2014, he began writing for SB Nation, and in the summer of that year, he also began contributing to FOX Sports and Outkick the Coverage, focusing on pop culture. Two years later, as the lead culture writer for the site, he was named executive producer for FOX Sports Radio’s nationally syndicated morning show, Outkick the Coverage. He was a regular voice on that show through June 2018 and was the primary fill in host until fall of 2020, when J-Mart and Ramon began.
In addition, he serves as lead writer on 104.5TheZone.com bringing the sports, wrestling, pop culture, and opinion writing many have come to know him for to The Zone’s digital space.
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Fresh Out of the NFL, Vol For Life Ramon Foster, “The Big Ragu”, Takes Morning Mic at Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone/WGFX-FM
Ramon Foster Brings Superstar Sports Talk to Nashville Morning Radio Starting Wednesday, September 9th on 104.5 The Zone
NASHVILLE, TN, September 8, 2020 – CUMULUS MEDIA announces that Sports Talk radio station 104.5 The Zone/WGFX-FM in Nashville, TN, is the new broadcast home of NFL and Vols football superstar Ramon Foster, former Tennessee Volunteer and 11-year Pittsburgh Steeler Offensive Lineman, who joins the station’s weekday lineup as new morning show host. Fresh out of the NFL, Foster brings an insider’s perspective to 104.5 The Zone, joining Co-Host Jason Martin, Monday through Friday from 6:00am-9:00am. Foster and Martin deliver high energy, entertaining and engaging sports talk covering the news of the day and all things sports, including special guests and luminaries across the sports galaxy. Foster debuts on 104.5 The Zone on Wednesday, September 9th.
Foster, a force on the Steelers offensive line for the past 11 seasons and the second-longest tenured player in Steelers history, announced his retirement from the NFL team in March. He first signed on with the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2009 NFL Draft out of the University of Tennessee. In all, Foster started 145 of the 160 games he played in, both of those ranking as second-most in team history at the position, including starting all 14 of the games he played in 2019. One of the most respected players on the Steelers roster throughout his career, he has consistently spoken out through the media when the time was right. Foster has also been a leader in the community, helping to spearhead the team’s Social Justice Program the last two seasons.
A Tennessee native, Foster played college football for the Tennessee Volunteers, earning the nickname of “The Big Ragu” in a career total of 44 games. He is a Vol For Life, with All-SEC honors as a freshman and junior.
Paul Mason, Program Director, 104.5 The Zone/WGFX-FM, said: “From the moment I met Ramon Foster, I knew he was the right person for this role. Not only is he a Vol For Life with many years in the NFL, but he is also very likable, a great story teller, and is just flat out interesting to listen to. I’m extremely excited and happy for our listeners!”
Allison Warren, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Nashville, noted: “Foster joins an all-star line-up on 104.5 The Zone. He brings with him a deep history with the Tennessee Volunteers, a wealth of experience and expertise as a former NFL player, and beyond that, a passion for his community and family.”
Ramon Foster commented: “I’ve loved my experiences in the media throughout my 11-year career as a professional football player. It’s important for players to have a voice to express their thoughts clearly for their fan bases and community to lend some understanding. I’m a VFL that can’t wait to talk sports and hope I can lend a level of expertise to 104.5 The Zone listeners as they go about their day.”
Follow Ramon Foster on Twitter @RamonFoster.