If you listened to "Morning Living" earlier today, you got a chance to listen to Brian Kelsey, the show's new co-host alongside Betsy Karetnick. Before Brian officially joined the show, we chatted for a few and I got to learn a little more about this carpenter/musician/radio host.
Tell us a little bit about your family.
I've been married for 10 years to my wife, Jaimee. I have 2 boys-- Russ is 4 and Carter is 8. I'm barely still married as there is continually a tarp of some sort around the house as I am always working on some sort of project.
Where do you live?
Westport, CT...former Martha hometown. Before she moved, I would always see the tv production trucks at her house. I always wanted to knock on the door and ask her for some sugar. You can imagine, I never actually did it.
What are some of your hobbies?
I'm a musician in a working band. I am a drummer but in this band, I play keyboard and guitar. We are called "The Jaws." I have my private pilot's licence and I'm also a licensed skydiver. I'm obsessed with all things home, design, and renovation. I love all tools, in fact, my workshop has taken over our two-car garage. We now have no garage! Tickling my boys...by boys, I mean my kids. Though I've been known to tickle my boys if they itch. My laptop and phone are connected to me, literally. I sleep with my phone..I kid you not..it's an addiction! I am not a sports guy, but I LOVE THE METS! I throw pitches in the backyard daily to practice and watch every game.
Have you worked in radio before? If so, where?
When I realized that I couldn't make my fortune as a carpenter, I started interning at a radio station while still doing carpentry and design. I wore a 50 pound fox costume in July and stood on the side of the road waving to cars, promoting the radio station, "The Fox." That was in 1990. I worked my way up the radio ranks and by 1993, I became the creative director (voice of station and production) for a major NYC rock station. Three year later, I moved across the street to K-Rock Radio and home of Howard Stern. I worked there for three years, then decided to go freelance working for Howard and other radio stations, as well as doing voice-overs for tv.
Here at Martha Stewart, we talk about food, a lot. What's your favorite thing to eat?
My only three beverages I consume are water, coffee, and beer. My favorite meal is a good old fashion BLT with french fries. LAME, I know....
What's your most Martha moment?
I grew up on Martha. My sister and mom are mutations of Martha so my Martha moment is everyday. That's all I know - doing things yourself. Creating, building, designing. Whether it's birthday cards, party favors, or a deck. When I actually MEET Martha, that will be my moment
What's your favorite radio station/channel outside of MSLR?
Since we're SiriusXM's "how-to" channel, what do you hope to teach listeners?
My goal is to teach listeners that whatever it is they want to do around the home - they can do it! Whether it's painting, building, or just hanging a picture. I want to share my passion with the home. I want to teach, step-by-step, the methods I have learned through the years. But I also want to LEARN from the listeners, their tips and techniques. I want to learn how to COOK too. I can build you a kitchen with my eyes closed but I can't boil water for the life of me.