About me

Photo: Jay! TomlinsonThanks for either stumbling onto this page or being so interested in the show that you care to any degree who's actually behind it! That's me over on the right during a trip to NYC. Sorry I don't look anything like you imagined (people never do).

My name is Jay! Tomlinson, I spell it with an exclamation point like that to add a bit of excitement to my life (and it's worked!). I was born in 1983 so you can do the math from there.

I became (much more) interested in politics in 2003 during the Iraq war invasion. I began listening to Air America radio just months after it became available in my home town at that time, Sacramento, CA. Thanks to my (horrible) job as a FedEx delivery driver I developed a habit of listening to politics first on terrestrial radio, then satellite radio (where I first found The Young Turks in 2004), then podcasts (once they were invented) for around 9 hours each weekday. By the way, one of my nerdiest bragging points is that I started listening to podcasts before they were integrated into iTunes, true fact. Now, having heard so much great political commentary and news each day I found myself with an overwhelming desire to share what I had been hearing with others. This was the very first seed of the idea for what would become the Best of the Left Podcast.

With zero experience editing audio or managing a website I launched Best of the Left in January 2006 at the age of 23. In 2009 the show won it's first Podcast Award in the Best Produced category. In January 2010 the show became my full-time job thanks entirely to the contributions of listeners who decided to become members to support the show. In 2012 I won a second Best Produced award.

The show has been refined and expanded over the years to now include voicemails from listeners and activism segments produced in-house that give listeners an outlet to make a difference in the stories they hear on the show.

Thanks for reading, stay awesome, Jay! (Email me: Jay [at] bestoftheleft [dot] com)