Kyle Osborne's EntertainmentOrDie.Com

I’m a military brat who started working in radio about a month before my 20th

birthday. I worked for the Belgian affiliate of the Armed Forces Network Europe, mostly doing mundane chores, like erasing tape cartridges. I got a Saturday morning radio show and was still a teenager, when I opened a hot mic for the first time, broadcasting to parts of Belgium, Luxembourg, and The Netherlands.

During that time, I assigned myself the duty of conducting backstage interviews with all of the top Pop and Rock stars of the day. Looking back, I guess I was “too dumb to be scared,” as the saying goes, because I stood toe to toe with imposing figures like Frank Zappa, legends like BB King and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and scary looking characters from Motley Crue and Iron Maiden to Judas Priest and KISS. I also had the fun job of picking up old school R&B groups and driving them to the radio station, where I’d interview them in studio, then drive them to the gig in my Dad’s old Dodge Dart, the most out-of-place car you could possibly drive in Belgium. The Chi-Lites, The Manhattans, and The Dells were a few examples. So, yeah, I was literally a kid with the keys to a government radio station. I’d get there on a Saturday morning, open up the station and put myself on the air. That would never happen these days, would it ? Wow.

It’s a cool story, too long to tell, but I started broadcasting in the States in 1985, at the ABC affiliate in Grand Junction, Colorado. The job was weathercaster and host of the Big Money Movie. Highest paid on-air job in the station. Two hundred bucks a week, I think.

I came up through the ranks of small market TV, moving on to Yakima, WA, Longview, TX and Richmond, VA, all the while combining the unlikely dual duties of weathercasting and film critic/entertainment reporting.

In 1991, I came to Washington DC to become NewsChannel 8’s first evening weathercaster. My show, The Entertainment Forecast was on the air from 1993 until  this past May, and I earned 4 Emmy nominations as a tape editor, show producer, and reporter/host. I was fortunate to take home two Emmy wins out of those four nods.

Meanwhile, I’ve been an on-air weathercaster in all 4 time zones across the country.
I love my community of Arlington, VA, and I have worked extensively as a volunteer, first for the Arlington Food Assistance Center, then for Arlington Street People Assistance Network, and I continue to work as an assistant, one-on-one, with a visually impaired gentleman who went from being homeless to being quite independent, living in a cozy apartment, thanks to the fine work of the folks at A-SPAN. If you’re inclined to make a donation, it’s a great place that will use your contribution wisely.

I have two daughters, of whom I am very proud.  I have a cat, Roger, who came from the Arlington Animal Welfare League (another great organization), and I love to run and bike along the many great trails in the Arlington and DC area.

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  15. Cinyon

    Hey Kyle,

    Great site. I found you through the Birchmere site. I’m not sure if you remember me but we worked together at NC8 in the late 90’s. I left NC8 in 2000.

    Anyway, glad your still doing what you love. Take care and maybe I’ll see you around.

    Cinyon

  16. Ted Kelly

    John- Just happened along your site while viewing some great footage at Birchmere. great work well done. Is that you doing the voice overs? It sounds like a dear firend and past colleague named Pat Ferrise. .Either way the vo and edits are great. Well done. will certainly continue to visit your site often! Ted

    1. Ted Kelly

      Of course I meant to type Kyle in my original email to you. I was watching your John Brinegar interview while typing….(multitasking sometimes takes a toll!)

  17. Addie Reid

    Hi Kyle, thanks for the FB message about the site… it looks amazing!!!! I have been a fan of yours since 2005, and still am! Although I have seen you a few times in person, I haven’t come up- to introduce myself, because I figured that public personalities are entitled to some down time too- when they are off of work. 🙂 So glad for you- it is tough putting yourself back out there when all you want to do is lick your wounds. Like you, I had to make a shift after I was down sized last year from the World Bank … but now I am back in school, running around like crazy, juggling more than a couple programs. It was the absolutely the BEST thing that could have happened…not sure if it matters, but I think you’re gonna make it- you are a fighter, and you still have a lot to give!
    Kudos on the endorsements on the site- may you get many more…
    Addie

  18. TC

    Just bookmarked the site Kyle.. You’ve come a long way since we first talked about this as an idea in the lobby of the Warner Theatre… Keep up the great work and don’t forget to plug The Chance show tomorrow night @ The Black Cat main stage!

  19. Dick Heitman

    A GREAT site Kyle! Know you will do well with it. Look forward to viewing it often.
    (Also knew your Dad from our AF days) Keep up the good work!

  20. Lori

    love your background story and how you got started. you had quite an amazing journey, meeting lots of amazing people and you are still on that journey. which i hope it’s something you love, because you do it well. stay strong and keep up the good work!! love you kyle

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