Charlie Brennan, in his 24th year at KMOX, is host of the Charlie Brennan Show weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. Brennan discusses national and local issues, interviews newsmakers and takes listener calls. Best known for his passion for St. Louis, Brennan has been named “One of the Most Influential St. Louisans” five years in a row by The St. Louis Business Journal.
This year, Charlie led a successful campaign to restore medical benefits to the blind in Missouri.
Also in 2012, Brennan organized a group of volunteers to plant daffodils on area highways.
In 2011, Brennan and his listeners raised $105,000 to erect a statue honoring Chuck Berry, the Father of Rock and Roll. Brennan presided over the statue’s dedication in a ceremony including the Isley Brothers, Bo Diddley, Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald, Elvis Costello and others.
Also in 2011, Brennan asked listeners to call and urge Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to stay the execution of death row inmate Richard Clay, an action later taken by Nixon to the surprise of his critics and supporters. Clay later appeared on KMOX to thank Brennan and his listeners.
Brennan has organized five campaigns sending care packages to troops serving overseas. On KMOX, he exposed litter and trash problems on downtown streets which led to the establishment of St. Louis’ Problem Properties Court. Brennan also worked to promote ordinances allowing street musicians and food vendors in downtown St. Louis. Along with the American Institute of Architects, he led a successful effort to clean up downtown storefronts. Charlie and his listeners raised hundreds of thousands of dollars on his radio show to plant flowers in downtown St. Louis. Charlie raised the money to install 27 historic plaques in the downtown St. Louis area.
The St. Louis Business Journal named Brennan “A Most Valuable Volunteer in St. Louis” and St. Louis Magazine called him one of St. Louis’ 50 Most Powerful People.
Brennan is a former recipient of the Press Club of St. Louis’ Media Person of the Year Award, the Downtown St. Louis Partnership’s Civic Betterment Award, the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Norman Stack Award, and The American Society of Landscape Architects’ Civic Stewardship Award.
Brennan is founder of the world’s only book club requiring authors to attend its meetings. In its seventh year, Charlie’s monthly book club has attracted Doris Kearns Goodwin, Cal Ripken, Jr., Regis Philbin, Joseph J. Ellis, Newt Gingrich, John Dean, Bob Schieffer, Deepak Chopra, Hal Holbrook, Joe Garagiola, Darryl Strawberry and Kurt Warner, among others.
Brennan is also host of KETC-TV’s Donnybrook, the highest rated locally-produced talk show on PBS.
Charlie Brennan was hired by KMOX General Manager Robert Hyland to work evenings and weekends in 1988. Within two years, he began working the mid-morning shift where he has been ever since.
He lives in St. Louis with his wife and children.
FIVE QUESTIONS WITH CHARLIE:
What is your favorite St. Louis activity?
Favorite restaurants are Biggie’s on Watson and Gulf Shores on Olive. Favorite activity is hanging out with my family.
What would you do if you weren’t in radio?
I would be a stage or film actor. (Look out Steve Buscemi!)
Do you have any pets?
No pets unless kids count.
Share one random fact.
I was baptized in the same church as Phil Donahue.
If you could live anywhere else in the country, where would it be?
Jackson Hole, Wyoming or Salt Lake City, Utah or the Upper East Side of Manhattan
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