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Byrd-bio150It all started with a bedroom radio and sounds magically drifting in from faraway places, transfixing a kid with wide-eyed wonderment. And then an epiphany… this was what he wanted to do with his life!

Fast forward many decades, and that kid Byrd is thrilled to now be hosting the evening show and sharing in his love of music weeknights from 7pm-12mid (in addition to regular weekend shows) for 97.1 The Drive, Chicago’s Classic Rock.

Stops along the way for Byrd included hosting mornings at legendary rock stations like KSHE 95 St. Louis, 98 ROCK Baltimore/Washington D.C., Q107 Toronto, 92.3 KOMP Las Vegas amongst many others. Byrd landed in Chicago in 2003 and spent a decade hosting mornings and afternoons at the now defunct Loop, joining the Drive in 2012. Byrd can also be heard daily across the country on the ABC Radio Network.

Fun facts:

Byrd was voted one of “America’s Sexiest D.J.’s” by Playgirl magazine

Byrd has been inducted into the Nevada Broadcasting Hall of Fame

Byrd hosted his own TV show in Las Vegas

Byrd loves radio, rock music, reading, comedy movies, history, museums. animals, concerts, trivia, fast cars and RV-ing/camping. And long walks on the beach.

Byrd is currently writing his memoirs for an existing book deal.