Taylor, a New Orleans native, worked during his high school years for the New Orleans Jazz Museum and WYES-TV, and gained some early radio experience before heading up in 1965 to obtain an economics degree at Centenary College in Shreveport. There, he was editor of the college newspaper for two years, and was involved in the founding of the college radio station. He is a US Navy veteran, serving as a radioman in Vietnam and then in Spain. A Baton Rouge attorney, he is married to Mary Ann Caffery, and has been a volunteer at WRKF since 1981. He is a lifetime member of the Folk Alliance International.