It was his interest in music that first brought Kirk through the KBPK front door. "I always wanted to be a music director", said Kirk. "When Ed Berger first took our basic production class into the studio and showed us how to run the board and talk on the mic, I was hooked." After learning the right skills at KBPK, Kirk was able to land his first job as a board-op for KSPA AM 1510 in the Inland Empire. It was after a format change at KSPA that Kirk got an on-air slot hosting the 7p-midnight show. During this time, Kirk was also able to get his foot in the door at AirWatch America as a traffic reporter on KFI. "It was because of all the different things I learned at KBPK, that I was able to get some great opportunities starting out", Kirk said.
Those opportunities lead Kirk to Las Vegas where he was the Operations Manager for the AirWatch Traffic Network. Kirk was the morning traffic anchor on KSNE-FM, KWNR-FM, and KPLV-FM. He was also an on-air personality for KWNR-FM, hosting weekend and weekday shows. "I took as many classes at KBPK as I could so when I got out in the real world, I was ready to go", Kirk said.
Kirk is now back in Southern California working for the Total Traffic Network as a news and traffic anchor. You can hear him anchoring the news or reporting on the southland freeways on HOT 92.3, KFI AM 640, KOST 103.5, 102.7 KIIS-FM, 104.3 MyFM, and several others. Kirk said, "There's no better place to get the instructors and tools you need to build a successful career in broadcasting. Work hard, believe in yourself, and practice what you're going to say three times before you crack the mic."
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