Brant Hansen

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Brant Hansen
Brand Accordian Kabul.jpg
Brant Hansen with an accordion on Chicken Street in Kabul Afghanistan in 2012
Born (1969-10-11) October 11, 1969 (age 52)
Alma materUniversity of Illinois
OccupationRadio host, author
Websitewww.branthansen.com

Brant Page Hansen (born October 11, 1969) is an American radio personality and author. He has hosted the morning show on the national Christian radio WAY-FM Network and the afternoon show on the national Christian radio network Air1. He has a nationally syndicated radio show carried on over 200 stations in the United States, and is the storyteller for CURE International, a network of charity hospitals and clinics in 30 countries.

Career[edit]

Radio career[edit]

Hansen graduated from the University of Illinois school of journalism in 1991.[1] Hansen began his radio career while at the college rock station WPGU. Hansen moved on to be the morning show host for contemporary Christian WBGL-FM in Champaign, Illinois,[2] then moved to Houston, Texas and worked at 89.3FM KSBJ. He was the news director and also an on-air personality.[3] By 2001, Hansen had moved back to Champaign, and was host of The Brant Hansen Show on WDWS 1400 talk radio.[4]

Hansen was the lead singer for the 90s Christian indie band Farewell to Juliet, which released albums including Echoes of Laughter in 1993 and Grace and Dire Circumstances in 1998.[5][6]

After leaving WDWS, Hansen moved to south Florida in 2003 and joined WAY-FM, where he spent eight years as host of Mornings with Brant.[7] During his time at WAY, he won the Radio and Records Achievement Award for "Personality of the Year" in a Christian format, also winning a Radio Echo Award for "Personality of the Year" from Christian Music Broadcasters in 2008.[8][9] Hansen also partnered with several international ministries for radio promotions, including Compassion International,[10] World Vision[11] and CURE International. In 2009 and again in 2010, Hansen travelled to Kabul, Afghanistan promoting surgeries performed at the CURE International hospital there.[12][13] On June 29, 2011, he ended an eight-year run of Mornings With Brant, nationally syndicated by WAY-FM.[7]

Hansen became the afternoon show host for the Air1 radio network on July 19, 2011.[14] Hansen again won the Radio Echo Award for "Personality of the Year" from Christian Music Broadcasters in 2011.[15] During his three years with Air1, he continued his partnership with CURE International, traveling to Afghanistan for a third time in February 2012.[16] In the fall of 2012 and spring of 2013, Air1 partnered with CURE International and BEC Recordings for the "Club Awesome Tour", hosted by Hansen. Each night featured a dance party including Christian artists KJ-52, Manafest and 7eventh Time Down.[17]

In July 2014, Hansen resigned from Air1. His last show aired on Monday, July 7, 2014. In the first independent podcast, he said that he was "in between jobs."[14] The day after his last broadcast on Air1, Hansen's Air1 podcast landed on the US iTunes top 100 podcasts list for the first time, at #74.[18]

In July 2014 he joined the staff of CURE International, as "storyteller". He had worked extensively with the charitable organization in the past, helping raise money to provide surgeries for children with treatable conditions.[19] On October 20, 2014, Hansen launched The Brant Hansen Show, a national radio show sponsored by CURE International, and syndicated by Christian FM.[20] As of November 2015, The Brant Hansen Show is syndicated in 32 states, on over 200 radio stations including WAY-FM, Word FM, Shine FM, Liberty University's The Journey FM, and NGEN Radio.[citation needed]

In 2014, Hansen wrote a book titled Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better (W Publishing), released in April 2015.[citation needed] In 2017, his second book was released titled Blessed Are the Misfits: Great News for Believers who are Introverts, Spiritual Strugglers, or Just Feel Like They're Missing Something (Thomas Nelson).[citation needed] In 2020, he released his third book titled The Truth about Us: The Very Good News about How Very Bad We Are (Baker Books).

Personal life[edit]

Hansen is an outspoken Christian, and has been featured on the I Am Second website.[21] He has blogged on multiple sites, and presently maintains a faith-related blog.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Radio & Records Industry Achievement Awards[edit]

Year Category Station Result
2008 Air Personality of the Year (Christian Format)[1] WAY-FM Won

Christian Music Broadcasters Echo Awards[edit]

Year Category Station Result
2008 Air Personality of the Year (Markets 26-100)[22] WAYF/West Palm Beach Won
2011 Air Personality of the Year (Markets 1-25)[23] Air1 Radio Network Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "News". Media.illinois.edu. Archived from the original on 14 July 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  2. ^ "The Christian Radio Homepage". Hisair.net. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-02-16. Retrieved 2014-08-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Google Groups". groups.google.com. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Farewell to Juliet - Biography & History - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2014-12-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ a b "Brant Hansen Exiting WAY-FM's 'Mornings With Brant'". Allaccess.com. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2012-11-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "News". Centralillinoisbusiness.com. Archived from the original on 14 July 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  10. ^ "WAY-FM Listeners Sponsor 2,090 Compassion International Children". All Access. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  11. ^ MorningsWithBrant (21 May 2010). "Brant and Pablo in El Salvador with World Vision". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-15. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  12. ^ "WAY-FM's Hansen Travels To Kabul". Allaccess.com. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Brant Hansen Delivers Blankets, Hats To Afghanistan". Allaccess.com. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  14. ^ a b "Brant Hansen Exiting Air1 Network". Allaccess.com. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-12-04. Retrieved 2012-11-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "Air1 Afghanistan Trip Day 3 - The NICU". YouTube. 5 March 2012. Archived from the original on 2021-12-15. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  17. ^ "BEC RECORDINGS AND AIR1 CELEBRATE THE CLUB AWESOME LIVE TOUR". Hearitfirst.com. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  18. ^ "iTunesCharts.net: US Podcasts Tuesday, 8th July 2014". www.itunescharts.net. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  19. ^ "National Christian Radio Host Joins CURE International". Cure.org. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  20. ^ "Brant Hansen Returns To Radio, Syndicated By Christian FM". Allaccess.com. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  21. ^ Second, I Am (15 March 2011). "Brant Hansen". Iamsecond.com. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  22. ^ "Echo Awards Presented In Nashville". Allaccess.com. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  23. ^ "Echo Awards Handed Out At Momentum 2011". Allaccess.com. Retrieved 13 August 2018.

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