Mark Thomas ‘Tom’ Paul Barnard (born November 7, 1951) is a former voice-over artist and talk radio broadcaster in the United States. He presently hosts The KQ92 Morning Show on 92 KQRS from 5:40 a.m. to 9:55 a.m. and The Tom Barnard Show on 105 The Ticket, which came from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., broadcast in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
The broadcast on 105 The Ticket is part of The Tom Barnard Podcast’s third hour, known as “The Ticket,” whereas the first two hours of the podcast are known as “The Show.” The podcast was no longer broadcast on 105 The Ticket as of February 2014.
Barnard is well-known for his secrecy, declining all media interviews practically and making few public appearances.
However, he did give an in-depth interview to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, in which he detailed his rocky connection with his late father and compared his radio character to his true nature.
Barnard and Culhane appeared on a local morning television show with two other Twin Cities radio show duos in 1988.
— Star Tribune (@StarTribune) October 18, 2017
|Real Name||Tom Barnard|
|Profession||American Talk Eadio Host, Media Personality, Voice-over Talent and Podcaster|
|Date of Birth||7 November 1951|
|Age [as of 2021]||70 years|
|Birthplace||Long Prairie, Minnesota, United States|
|Current Residence||Edina, Minnesota|
|School||North Community High School|
|College/University||Sanford-Brown College-Mendota Heights|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 178 cm
in meters- 1.78 m
in feet inches- 5'10"
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 72 kg
in pounds- 158 lbs
|TV Shows||“Tom and Dan”, "The KQ92 Morning Show", "Tom Barnard Show", "The Tom Barnard Podcast", “Twin Cities”, "The Ticket"|
|Relationships & Affairs|
|Children||Daughter- Andy Brandt-Barnard
Son- Alex Brandt-Barnard
|Net Worth [approx.]||$2 million|
Tom Barnard was born in Long Prairie, Minnesota, and grew up with six brothers and sisters in North Minneapolis. He began working at eleven and was almost entirely raised by his mother. Tom’s legendary radio career started in 1970 and continues to this day.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Tom rose to become one of America’s top five voice-over artists, voicing for companies such as Gatorade, McDonald’s, Nike, and Home Depot. Tom was the station voice for KSTP-TV, a Twin Cities television pioneer.
Tom left radio in 1977 to work for Capitol Records, where he promoted the careers of artists such as Bob Seger, Steve Miller, the Beach Boys, and Duran Duran.
When Tom joined KQRS as a morning DJ in 1986, it proved to be a watershed moment in his career. His skill as an interviewer and his sense of humor and honesty with his audience drew celebrities from all over the world to the KQ Morning Show.
Tom was named “Large Market Personality of the Year” by the National Association of Broadcasters in 2006, and he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago in 2017.
Tom Mark-Paul Barnard was born on November 7, 1951. He was born in Long Prairie, Minnesota, and reared in North Minneapolis, Minnesota. Tom grew up with six brothers and sisters. His mother was a single parent who raised him and his siblings.
Tom did his schooling at North Community High School and is even an alumnus of Sanford- Brown College-Mendota Heights.
Barnard worked at a number of stations before joining KQRS, including WDGY and KSTP (as “The Catman”). He worked as a booth announcer for KSTP-TV until 1986.
In 1986, Barnard and his then-partner Dan Culhane launched the “Tom and Dan” show, which featured sports reporting from WCCO-Mark TV’s Rosen.
Barnard and Culhane led a write-in campaign to elect Rosen to the governorship of Minnesota at one point. Rosen was “persuaded” by WCCO TV’s parent corporation to shift his morning sports to WCCO-AM, while Culhane was subsequently thrown out of the show in a personnel move.
Barnard is a recluse who refuses almost all media interviews and makes very sporadic public appearances. He did, however, recently provide an in-depth interview to the St. Paul Pioneer Press in which he detailed his rocky connection with his deceased father and compared his radio character to his genuine nature.
Earlier in his career, Barnard and Culhane appeared on a local morning television show with two other Twin Cities radio broadcast duos in 1988.
The KQRS Morning Show has gained national and international audiences through podcasting technology. Regardless of the show’s growth in the market, Barnard assures listeners that the broadcast will continue to focus on the news, weather, sports, and traffic in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
Barnard may presently be heard in Home Depot radio commercials, even though he is semi-retired from voice-over work. Barnard’s voice may be heard in various areas for many years, introducing programs and appearing in ads.
On the Morning Show wrap-up on September 29, 2009, Barnard casually announced that he planned to retire from live radio on December 21, 2012.
Tom clearly stated Terri would take over the Morning program, but the topic quickly shifted to a “play-off” for a host in 2012. The reason is that the 21st is a Friday just before Christmas.
Tom Barnard stated on Facebook on December 8, 2009, “After several weeks of deliberation with my wife, Marc, the G.M. of K.Q., and Dave Hamilton, the guy who hired me, I asked a very clever friend of mine what he thought of my leaving KQRS.
‘If there is any indication that there is a God in this world, it is the life you have due to the unshakable support of K.Q. Listeners,’ he remarked. Only a moron would walk away from something like that.’ I suppose they’ll have to fire me at some point.
“I’ll be at K.Q. until they throw me out or I fall over dead. Hopefully, that won’t be for long. I am thankful for your incredible help. (For the cynics out there, money has no bearing on it)”.
On January 3, 2012, Tom Barnard indicated on Facebook that this would most likely be his last year doing the K.Q. Morning program and that he would prefer that the show continue after he is gone rather than jeopardizing the jobs of everyone else who works on the show besides him.
On Facebook on July 12, 2012, Tom Barnard announced that he had signed a four-year contract extension with KQRS.
On March 29, 2013, Barnard revealed that he would be undergoing treatment for anger issues, not substance misuse, as previously reported.
Barnard and Cumulus Media announced in February 2020 that Barnard had signed an eight-year agreement to stay at KQRS until 2028 when he is 76 years old.
Awards & Achievements
- Barnard received the Marconi Award for Large Market Personality of the Year in 2006.
- Barnard was elected into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2017 and the Minnesota Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2018.
- The Marconi awards honour outstanding achievements in radio broadcasting.
Relationship, Wife, and Affairs
Tom is a contentedly married man. He is married to his true love, Kathryn Brandt. Kathryn is a Real Estate Pro with Coldwell Banker Burnet in Minneapolis, working in the highly successful Minneapolis Lakes office.
Kathryn graduated from St. Catherine High School in St. Paul and earned a broadcasting certificate from Brown College in Minneapolis.
He has a daughter named, Andy Brandt-Barnard and he also has Alex Brandt-Barnard.
According to Forbes, Wikipedia, IMDB, and other credible internet sources, Tom Barnard is expected to have a net worth of $2 million by the age of 70 in 2022. He made the most of his fortune through his successful career as a radio broadcaster in the United States.
Interesting Facts about Tom Barnard
- On January 3, 2012, Tom Barnard indicated on Facebook that this will most likely be his last year doing the KQ morning programme and that he would prefer that the show continue after he is gone
- Barnard revealed on the radio on March 29, 2013, that he would be undergoing treatment for anger issues, not substance misuse, as previously reported.
- Barnard was elected into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2017, as well as the Minnesota Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2018.
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