Brian Burns Bio

When Brian Burns was just 10 years old, he discovered an old wooden RCA radio in his grandfathers attic in the outskirts of Schenectady, New York. Every night thereafter, he would fall asleep to some of the top AM stations of the sixties, including WCFL, WLS, and CKLW and WKBW. That spring, he built a crystal set that earned him a blue ribbon at his school science fair.

Brian began his on air career on the local college radio station as a high school junior and earned the fulltime morning show position during his senior year. Upon graduation, he was offered his first professional job at heritage Top 40 WTRY in the Albany market.

In the years that followed, Brian became hungry to cultivate his programming skills at radio stations around the country. Relocating to the west coast, Brian found programming and consulting successes in Eugene, Reno, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco.

In 1986, Brian joined Drake Chenault as their Top 40, Hot AC, and Oldies Programmer and Consultant. 

During his tenure, he created a unique format combining Pop Rock and Hair Bands that become known as Rock 40, which was replicated around the country thanks to a worst to first debut at KXXR in Kansas City.

That success led Brian to Los Angeles, being recruited by The Network Magazine Group to create and launch a new Top 40 trade magazine as VP/Editor-in-Chief for a three year tenure.   But being mistakenly vaccinated with a record needle by his doctor in his youth, he still yearned for day to day life in the radio trenches. As a new father, he and his family left Hollywood for a five year run in Raleigh/Durham where he consolidated four FM stations and propelled them to market dominance. He would then return to Kansas City for an encore performance as a Director of Programming.


Among Brian's passions has been a ten year commitment as Marketing Director for The Conclave, a non-profit learning conference held annually in Minneapolis. He has also been spotted as a pit reporter at NASCAR's Darlington Speedway. He is also humbled by his recognition among his peers, including Billboard Large Market Programmer of the Year as well as two Marconi nominations by the NAB.

Brian still likes to "talk up records" and hit every post whenever he hears music, which tends to really freak out his family and "non-radio" friends.