Steve Barnes (actor)

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Steve Barnes
Barnes in 2008
Steven Barnes

Alma materUniversity of Texas at Austin
OccupationActor, producer, radio personality

Steven Barnes is an American television and film actor, television host, television and film producer, radio personality, and digital and social media executive. He is president of Barnes Creative Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, which specializes in digital marketing and social media strategy.[1][2]

His acting career, which began in 1991, has comprised lead and supporting roles in several films, including The Joneses, Sex & Consequences, and No Witness.[3][4][5] He has performed guest-starring and recurring roles in several television shows, including Drop Dead Diva, One Tree Hill, Prison Break, Matchpoint, Men On Pause, MTV’s Road Rules, Guiding Light, Ned & Stacey, As the World Turns, and The Young and the Restless. In 2009, Barnes created, starred in, and produced the television series High Rise.[3][6][7][8] In 2012 he was cast as the recurring character “Flip” on the Discovery Science TV Series Stuff You Should Know, which will debut in January 2013.

From 1994 to 2003, Barnes co-hosted the Atlanta morning radio show “The Morning X with Barnes, Leslie & Jimmy” on 99X WNNX with Leslie Fram and Jimmy Baron, earning Billboard Magazine’s National Major Market Morning Show Award in 1996 and Radio and Records’s National Major Market Morning Show of 1999.[2][9][10] On September 30, 2013, Barnes returned to the radio on Clear Channel's Radio 105.7 (WRDA) in Atlanta in a part-time capacity.[11]

Early and personal life[edit]

Barnes grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, and graduated from Mary Carroll High School in 1985. From 1998 to 2008 he was married to Stacey Sward and has 2 children from that marriage. In 2012, Barnes married Heather Searing Cook.



  • KEXX, Corpus Christi, TX, 6-10 pm, 1984-1985
  • KPEZ, Austin, TX, Swing Shift, 1986-1987
  • KBTS, Austin, TX, Swing Shift, 1987-1990
  • KISQ, Corpus Christi, TX, 6-10 am, 1989-1990
  • KBEQ, Kansas City, MO, 6-10 pm, 1990-1992
  • WNNX, Atlanta, GA, 6-10 am, The Morning X with Barnes, Leslie & Jimmy, 1992-2003
  • WZGC, Atlanta, GA, 6-10 am, All Access with Barnes & Firfer, 2004-2006
  • WRDA - weekends, Sept 2013–Present[11]


  • The Joneses: Guy
  • Sex & Consequences: Rev. Jim
  • No Witness (feature): Paul Arkadian
  • No Witness (short): Leiter
  • Insanity: Tad Logan
  • The Number: Chip Harding
  • Losing Grace: Jeff
  • Remember the Titans: Titan Supporter


  • Stuff You Should Know (recurring): Flip Stormison
  • High Rise: Series creator, executive producer, series regular “Austin Prescott”
  • Drop Dead Diva: Gary Monroe
  • One Tree Hill: Starter
  • Prison Break (recurring): Agent Drucker
  • Matchpoint: Himself
  • Men on Pause: Douglas
  • MTV’s Road Rules: Himself
  • Guiding Light: Fireman
  • Ned & Stacey: Customer
  • As The World Turns: Perp
  • The Young & The Restless: Business Man


  • Favorite Radio DJ – Creative Loafing Magazine, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000
  • Best Radio Voice – Creative Loafing Magazine, 1996, 1997
  • Best Morning Show – Atlanta Magazine, 1996
  • National Major Market Morning Show - Billboard Magazine, 1996[10]
  • Best Morning Show - Atlanta AIR Awards, 1996
  • Best Morning Show – Atlanta Press, 1999
  • National Major Market Morning Show Award – Radio & Records, 1999


  1. ^ Barnes Creative Studios
  2. ^ a b Barnes & Firfer: Dave’s Disc Jockeys Dominate the Morning Waves – Points North Magazine, September 2005
  3. ^ a b Big Screen Killer – Corpus Christi Caller Times
  4. ^ Steve Barnes in David Duchovny, Demi Moore Film, More “Real Housewives” Stuff - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  5. ^ Film Puts Face With Radio Voice – Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 23, 2005
  6. ^ Steve Barnes Starting New TV Series “High Rise” - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  7. ^ High Rise: Barnes Reaches New Heights with Innovative Drama Series - University of Texas Media
  8. ^ Former 99X Host Steve Barnes in an Airtran Ad, His “High Rise” Show Gets Picked Up by WAGA-TV - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  9. ^ Catching Up With the Former Members of 99X’s Morning X - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  10. ^ a b Local Radio Air Personality of the Year – Billboard Magazine
  11. ^ a b "Steve Barnes Joins Radio 105.7 In Atlanta For Weekends". All Access. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013.

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