Brad Byrd is a native of Lancing, Tennessee and is a 1981 graduate of Central High School in Wartburg. He is a 1982 graduate of the Professional Academy of Broadcasting in Knoxville. Brad got his start in radio at WORI AM 1550 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and later moved up to WOKI FM 100.3 where he worked various on-air time slots and also worked as a mobile DJ for the WOKI Sound Machine. Brad has also worked multiple on-air slots at other Knoxville radio stations including the legenday WNOX, WNKX and WTNZ. He has also had DJ stints at Knoxville are night clubs including Nirt & Girty’s, Desperado and Cotton Eyed Joe.
A dirt racing enthusiast, Brad has had numerous announcing stints at area race tracks including Wartburg Speedway, Big South Fork Raceway, Scenic Raceway, Tennessee Motor Speedway and Atomic Speedway. He also helped to form the former Tennessee Thunder DirtCar Series and most recently worked as Series Director for the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series.
Brad is on his second tour of duty at WECO, having worked from 1988 until 1997 and most recently 2010 to present. He is the host of the Early Byrd Morning Show on 101.3 FM WECO and is on the air from 6:00am until 10:30am Monday thru Friday. His real job begins after his air-shift ends and serves as Traffic Director and Website Administrator.
Brad and his wife, of ten years, Buffy live in Wartburg with their miniature Dachshund Sir Bentley. They have a son Zachary. Brad also has a son (deceased) Brad Byrd II who passed away in 2001.