Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s DJ Jaxon rrrrrooooocks! That’s how he’s promoted for his afternoon show on WMMR-FM. Paul “Jaxon” Miller, originally from the Midwest, has made a name for himself by discovering Philadelphia rock musicians and introducing their sounds to the world.
When Jaxon first arrived in Philadelphia after gigs in Boston, Denver, and other cities, he was blown away by the local talent. Attending a major concert, “I saw two or three bands open up, and I just remember thinking to myself the level of talent was like amazing,” he recalled. “I’m like, ‘Is every band around here this good?!’”
Nine years later, “Jaxon’s Local Shots” program showcases local rockers.
Paul Miller wasn’t always known by the name Jaxon. His pseudonym had humble beginnings. Wearing sweats to the grocery store and running his credit card or signing a check would constantly get him recognized.
“I started to realize real quick-like in my first couple years of radio why people chose fake names,” he said. Jaxon lifted his alias directly from an Albuquerque, New Mexico, DJ with whom he stays in touch. Albuquerque’s Frank Jaxon still playfully signs his emails as “Jaxon the First.”
Off the air, Jaxon makes time for snowboarding and biking, but most of all he loves surfing. His Subaru Outback ensures that he never misses an opportunity to catch a wave. “I’m the kind of person that gets up at 5:30 in the morning, throws the boards on, and goes down and surfs. Whether it’s a foot or 10 feet, I don’t care.”
Also, Jaxon has taken part in benefit mud runs for multiple sclerosis. The Outback returns with mud up to its mirrors, and Jaxon comes home with it up to his ears. Laughing, he claimed that “six days later Q-tips® are still turning brown, and it’s nasty. But it’s so much fun, and it’s for a good cause, too.”
Looking ahead, Jaxon plans to run to the Pocono Mountains, but he won’t be doing so alone. He is excited about taking his 4-year-old with him.