The legendary San Francisco-based radio talk show host, Gene Burns has died aged 72.
Here's what you need to know...
1. He Was an Outspoken Libertarian
Burns spoke about the nature of libertarianism in this speech:
2. He Had Suffered a Stroke
3. He Was a Talk Radio Staple in Most Major Cities
He had spent most of his career bouncing around radio stations in Philadelphia, Boston, New York City, and Orland. He finally settled in San Francisco in 1995 where he had his most successful run as the host of The Gene Burns Show. The show was focused on politics and social commentary.
In 2002 he was named one of the 25 Greatest Radio and Television Talk Show Hosts of All Time by Talkers Magazine.
4. He Tried to Run For President in 1984
He ran for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination in 1984, he withdrew just prior to the party convention, due to lack of support.
5. He Softened in His Later Years
In his later years he moved from his focus from politics to food and wine, he hosted Dining Around with Gene Burn in his final years on San Francisco's KGO, the show was designed to cater to Burns' "food and wine following."