Brant Hansen

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Brant Hansen
Born (1969-10-11) October 11, 1969 (age 44)
Assumption, Illinois

Brant Page Hansen (born October 11, 1969) is an American radio personality. He hosted the afternoon show on national Christian radio network Air 1.

Radio career[edit]

Hansen graduated from the University of Illinois school of journalism in 1991.[1] Hansen began his radio career as a talk radio host in his home state of Illinois.[2] He left talk radio for contemporary Christian WBGL-FM in Champaign, IL. Hansen moved on to KSBJ-FM in Houston, Texas prior to joining WAY-FM, where he spent eight years as host of Mornings with Hansen.[3] During his time at WAY, he won the Radio and Records Achievement Award for "Personality of the Year" in a Christian format. He also won a Radio Echo Award for "Personality of the Year" from Christian Music Broadcasters in 2008,[4][5] and again in 2011 following his move to Air 1.[6]

On June 29, 2011, he ended an eight year run of his Mornings With Brant show, nationally syndicated by WAY-FM.[7] Since July 19, 2011, Hansen has been the afternoon show host on Air 1.[8]

On July 3, 2014, Brant announced on his Facebook page that he resigned from Air1, and his last show will air on Monday, July 7, 2014. He said that he'll keep up his podcast and blog on branthansen.com, and has no idea what the future holds, as far as future jobs go.

Life[edit]

Hansen has Asperger syndrome and nystagmus, conditions that have presented him with challenges in social situations. Hansen has stated that he finds these conditions exhausting, but also finds positive aspects to his circumstances. In an interview, he stated, "Let's face it: I'm in radio because I can't be seen. Asperger's makes for real honesty – and that can make arresting radio." [9]

Hansen is an outspoken Christian, and has been featured on the I Am Second website.[10] He has blogged on multiple sites, and presently maintains a faith-related blog on Air 1's website. Hansen and his wife traveled to Kenya with Compassion International to meet the child they had been sponsoring. Hansen challenged 200 listeners to also become sponsors; over 300 did so.[11] Hansen also traveled to Indonesia to assist with Tsunami relief efforts.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ College of Media at the University of Illinois. (2008, Dec 10). Alumni notes. The media I. Retrieved from http://media.illinois.edu/news/index_08dec
  2. ^ http://illinois.edu/lb/article/4134/64392
  3. ^ All Access Music Group. (2011). Retrieved 3 November 2012, from http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/90401/brant-hansen-exiting-way-fm-s-mornings-with-brant
  4. ^ http://www.centralillinoisbusiness.com/index.cfm?archid=344&columnName=ACHIEVEMENTS&arch=1
  5. ^ http://media.illinois.edu/news/index_08dec
  6. ^ http://cmbonline.org/echo-awards
  7. ^ All Access Music Group. (2011). Retrieved 3 November 2012, from http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/90401/brant-hansen-exiting-way-fm-s-mornings-with-brant
  8. ^ http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/93995/brant-hansen-kicks-off-new-show-on-air1-today?ref=search
  9. ^ Good News Florida. (n.d.) "WAYFM's Mornings with Brant Hansen." Retrieved 4 November 2012 from http://goodnewsfl.org/christian-news/wayfms_mornings_with_brant_hansen/
  10. ^ http://www.iamsecond.com/seconds/brant-hansen/
  11. ^ Solomon, L. (2006). Disc jockey's mission of mercy resonates: His Kenya trip leads others to sponsor kids in need. South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
  12. ^ Morning show radio host has eclectic taste in books. (2005). South Florida Sun - Sentinel.

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