JD “BigJD” Oppen
BigJD’s start behind the microphone was singing for one of Canada’s premiere independent metal bands for over a decade, touring, and recording, with videos on MTV & MuchMusic and a huge European fan base. It was only fitting he naturally progressed to broadcasting, starting out as a podcast host along with Lippo, then with the EZMac Podcast, an Apple related show with thousands of subscribers.
Eventually BigJD moved to internet radio, hosting shows in Las Vegas, the USA, and Canada, one in particular he would later take to FM radio after graduating Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts in Michigan, USA. His popular interview program, uTalkin2Me, won him Jammy awards three years in a row while at 99.1 FM CJAM in Windsor-Detroit. BigJD also produced a morning show for the station, again partnering with long-time co-host Lippo. A take-off of one of their earlier podcasts called The JABBERCAST, BigJD & Lippo now podcast their morning show, simply called BigJD & Lippo In The Morning.
BigJD & Lippo have given workshops and taught podcasting at St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario. They are both musicians, performing regularly, and BigJD has a number of CD’s released, both independently and signed to CDN Records, Canada. With a chemistry that has engaged listeners of all ages for years, BigJD & Lippo have pushed the limits with podcasts, internet radio and terrestrial broadcasting. Says, BigJD, “Now we would like to settle into a morning show where it’s warm all year and where Lippo and I can deliver the bestestest and funnestest morning program on the planet. Well, that and where I can ride my Harley all year. Are you a station out West? Send us your proposal today!!” He laughs, but assures us he is not kidding.
Mike "Lippo" LaPlante
Having listened to the crew that made up the DJ stable over at The Big 8 (Windsor, Ontario), as a child, Lippo was forever infected with the DJ bug. As a teenager, he witnessed the coming of age of FM Radio from Detroit FM stations like WABX, WWWW and, still rockin’ it out, WRIF. He knew he’d love to be the guy behind the mic. He tirelessly read rock magazines, album liner notes and news articles about all of his favorite acts that he’d hear Arthur Penthallow spin on his afternoon shift - Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, The Doobie Brothers, ZZ Top, and the list could go on forever.
As a young adult, Lippo trained to be a DJ and played a few weddings here and there, but another of his musical passions pushed that desire aside - playing guitar in a rock n’ roll band. Lippo still does the live gigging thing, but since 2005 he has also been able to pursue his love of being behind the mic and letting his deep baritone voice draw listeners in to what ever topic he happens to be talking about.
Back in the early days of podcasting, the subject matter was tech. Specifically, Apple-related stories, topics and tips. Then, with the help of his co-host, BigJD, the podcasts turned more mainstream and of generally more accessible subject matter. Hence, The JABBERCAST was born. It was apparent then, that Lippo had some great chemistry with his co-host. From there, they went on to work at 99.1 FM CJAM in Windsor-Detroit, and then back to doing their own thing on BigJD & Lippo In The Morning.