Brian’s Career

 

 

 

Who knew that little guy was going to gab for a living?  IMG_0014

Just about everyone who knew him.

From his early days, his mom will share the stories of little Brian playing “The Price is Right” and giving away brand new cars at the age of 4.  In high school, he was voted “Most likely to host a Game Show.”  And guess what?  He now hosts one of the best games on the Internet, and it involves wine.

 

 

But most know Brian as a 25 year+ veteran of Northwest broadcasting.   From his roots in Grants Pass, Oregon, where radio legend Jim Wilson passed along his craft, to his role today at KOMO in Seattle, Brian has always enjoyed how personal radio and television can be.

CWrO3FcUsAAEDT5Speaking of the beginning, Brian was a senior in high school when he went “on the air” for the first time.  One of his favorite teachers, Mrs. Mary Edwards asked Brian one day “What do you want to do when you grow up?”  Brian answered, “I want to be on the radio.”  Little did Brian know that Mrs. Edwards was friends with the guy who owned the local radio station.  Under the guidance of Jim Wilson, and sons Carl and Matt, Brian learned about broadcasting from the ground up.  He wasn’t just on the air, but learned sales, management, programming, and even a little engineering.  Considering what happened when Brian tried to “fix” the transmitter, let’s all be grateful that’s he’s left the engineering to someone else these days.

 

Jimmy Carter Visits KOMO TV and Radio in Seattle, Feb 11th 2009
Jimmy Carter and Brian during the President’s visit to KOMO Feb 11th 2009

After some schooling, bot in the classroom and in a radio station, Brian got a call to join the staff at KXL in Portland, where he anchored and reported the news during the 1990’s.  At the turn of the century, Brian found himself in Seattle, working for heritage station KIRO, where he won his first awards for reporting.

In 2002, he joined KOMO in Seattle, and has served in several roles since the beginning.  KOMO is where Brian was first put on television as a weather caster, and eventually became News Director.  Today, Brian is still on TV from time to time, and can be heard daily on KOMO Radio both anchoring and reporting the news.

In 2011, Brian began developing what has turned out to be the most-watched wine tasting show on the Internet.  Northwest Wine Night TV began as Brian and his friends from the local media sat down and started promoting Northwest-made wine.  That little show has turned into a series that is now watched by hundreds of thousands weekly.

 

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