Bio

Lou Brutus, self-proclaimed as Radio's Last Hope, King of All Mediocre and Rock Radio Rabble Rouser has been one of the most acclaimed radio hosts of the last two decades.

He was proclaimed The Best DJ in America at the 2013 Radio Contraband Rock Radio Awards in Las Vegas.

Through his seventeen plus years of national syndication, twelve plus years on Sirius XM Satellite Radio and successful work in Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Providence he is an instantly recognized voice to radio listeners across the U.S.

He has garnered tremendous amounts of positive press for both his intensely creative on air work and ground breaking original programming… all without ever running afoul of the F.C.C. Publications such as Rolling Stone, USA Today and Entertainment Weekly have sung the praises of his work.

Lou is considered to be one of the finest interviewers in the media. His deep knowledge of music has made him a favorite of artists as diverse as Metallica, Disturbed, Reba McEntire, Theory of A Deadman, Smashing Pumpkins, Avenged Sevenfold, Rush, Tool, Wynonna, Slipknot, A Perfect Circle, KISS, Rancid, Saliva, S.T.P., Stone Sour, Fleetwood Mac, The Ramones and 3 Doors Down.

His roots in the music community go deep through many genres. He has the ability to move through the worlds of Active Rock, Alternative, Country, Punk, Metal and Classic Rock with a strong understanding of each genre as well as connections with the movers and shakers.

His nationally syndicated “hardDrive with Lou Brutus” is now in its 17th season. It airs on over 100 radio stations each week and has been instrumental in helping to break such platinum level acts as Five Finger Death Punch, KoRn, Slipknot, Disturbed, Halestorm and Godsmack. It has become radio’s preeminent Active Rock program. The weeknight version of the show, hardDrive XL, is also growing in reach and is heard on nearly fifty radio stations every Monday thru Friday night.

As Senior Program Director at Sirius XM Satellite Radio Brutus has helped guide New Hard Rock channel Octane, the fire breathing fury of Liquid Metal, the action sports channel Faction, the gin soaked madness of Rock Bar and the The Grateful Dead Channel. He also has BB King's Bluesville and Sirius XM Comes Alive on his plate. Additionally at Sirius XM, he's received major kudos for building the nation’s first ever punk rock radio station Fungus 53 and the creative maelstrom of Special X where he appeared as maniacal musical dictator Generalissimo Ortega. His satrad credits also include a dizzying array of themed micro-channels celebrating Halloween, baseball, Christmas, UFOs, driving and a myriad of other subjects. Brutus is also the upper class, blue blood voice of the 40's on 4 channel.

Also at Sirius XM, he has been heard as host of the lauded Artist Confidential interview/performance series where he has welcomed an amazingly diverse array of talent including James Taylor, Evanesence, KoRn, Hank Williams Jr., Smashing Pumpkins, Shinedown, Harry Connick Jr., Cheap Trick, Indigo Girls, Snow Patrol, Reba McIntire, Fall Out Boy, Wynonna, Graham Nash, Snow Patrol, David Gray, Evanescence, George Thorogood and The Fray to name only a few.

His creative flair has led him to national success as a performer in the Ohio State versus Michigan football rivalry band the Dead Schembechlers with whom he has appeared on HBO. Lou is the group’s lead singer, songwriter and official mouthpiece, Bo Biafra. He is the composer of the world’s first cow punk rock opera, Hee Haw Hell, which was recorded by legendary swamp rock band Dash Rip Rock. Additionally, he has several baseball inspired pieces he’s written and recorded featured on the Diamond Cuts album series, which he released under the moniker of Lou Brutus and the Perfect Pachydermus Percussion Pitches. His latest musical foray is as the creator and lead singer of the Grumpy Old Punks, which he describes as “middle age punk rock rage.” Their self titled debut album “Grumpy Old Punks” was released in 2011 with the follow up "Anarchy in the Prostate" in 2012. In 2014, they'll release their third EP "Driving Around with the Blinker On."

He has also produced his own series of comic books, "The Adventures of Brutusman," as well as bottled his own line of micro brewed beers "Lou-in-Brau" and "Brew Loutus Ale."

In what little spare time he has Lou is an accomplished photographer.  His lighthouse photography has graced magazine covers and he also works as an on field Major League Baseball photographer. He has shot every team in both the National and American Leagues working in the photo pits at Camden Yards, Wrigley Field, Citi Field and a myriad of other ballparks. He is believed to be the only collector of cards and memorabilia related to baseball player Joe Smith.

Brutus is currently working on three different books. The first is a coffee table book of his backstage pass and ticket stub collection entitled One Man - Two Thousand Concerts: The Greatest Freakin' Collection Rock Show Junk in History, the second is an unauthorized autobiography Dead Schembechlers: The Rise, Fall & Redemption of The Best Damn Punk Band in the Land he is co-writing with Joe Oestreich while the third is a baseball themed children's book illustrated by Alan MacBain.

Wherever his travels have taken him, Brutus remains a proud New Jerseyan. He was born in Newark, NJ and spent in his first year living in the Down Neck (aka Ironbound) section of the city. This would be the same neighborhood the fictional Tony Soprano would spring from. His family then moved to the farming community of Englishtown, NJ where he grew up learning how to tip over cows. Brutus is a graduate of Manalapan High School where his main interests were theatre and smoking behind the gym. He attended Brookdale Community College where he DJ'd on it's radio station WBJB-FM, a place he was always sure to say the letters B-J with a bit of emphasis.

He works around the clock seven days a week, apparently needing very little sleep.


Stuff
  • Releases third Grumpy Old Punks album "Driving Around with the Blinker On" 2014
  • Hosts the Radio Contraband Awards in Las Vegas NV 2013
  • Hits the road and travels with many bands including Stone Sour, Halestorm, Pop Evil, Redlight King & Papa Roach 2013
  • Releases second Grumpy Old Punks album "Anarchy in the Prostate" 2012
  • Emcees on all three stages of Rock on the Range in Columbus, OH 2012
  • Becomes a Grammy Award voting member of NARAS: National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences 2011
  • Forms the all star band Grumpy Old Punks, an old school punk rock band that lampoons Middle Age angst and anger 2011
  • Backstage at 48 Hours Festival, Rock on the Range, Rockstar Uproar and many more music fests
  • Featured in Disturbed's career spanning film "A Decade of Disturbed" 2010
  • Travels the country for backstage coverage of Rockstar Mayhem, Rock on the Range, Rockstar Uproar, Band Camp, Ozzfest and Carnival of Madness 2010
  • Re-launches “The Adventures of Brutusman” as a downloadable online comic 2010
  • Backstage reporter from Rock on the Range, Rockstar Uproar & Rockstar Mayhem 2009
  • Album Premiere special host for Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, Rush and Theory of A Deadman 2008
  • Releases “Rodriguez to Ruin” with the Dead Schembechlers 2008
  • Backstage coverage at Bonaroo, Rock on the Range and Rockstar Mayhem 2008
  • Appears in the HBO original film “The Rivalry: Michigan vs. Ohio State” 2007
  • Hosts the FMQB’s Album Premiere Special for Smashing Pumpkins “Zeitgeist” 2007
  • Hosts the FMQB’s Album Premiere Special for Rush’s “Snakes and Arrows” 2007
  • Accredited Major League Baseball on field photographer 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010
  • Broadcasts live from the Grammy Awards Red Carpet, The Grammy Legends Awards, Clive Davis Party & Music Cares Show at Grammy Week 2006 & 2007
  • Writes world’s 1st Cow Punk Rock Opera “Hee Haw Hell” for legendary band Dash Rip Rock 2007
  • Forms the Dead Schembechlers, a band based on the Ohio State/Michigan football rivalry, creating an international media firestorm 2004 to present
  • Hosts national backstage coverage from Live 8 in Philadelphia 2005
  • Appears on NBC's "The Apprentice" with Donald Trump 2005
  • Hosts for the album release broadcast for Slipknot's "9.0 Live" 2005”
  • Host of nationwide backstage broadcast of the "From the Big Apple to the Big Easy" benefit show at NYC's Madison Square Garden 2005
  • Hosts the nationwide album release show for Slipknot’s “Volume 3: The Subliminal Verses” 2004
  • Host of the FMQB album release broadcast for A Perfect Circle’s “Thirteenth Step” 2003
  • Attends his 2000th concert, an Ozzfest show in Philadelphia 2002
  • Featured in the book KISS: Alive Forever 2002
  • Goes on the road, reporting on and living with Stone Sour 2002
  • Sets the record for Billboard Airplay Awards Nominations…without a win (sigh) 2001
  • National voice of the first Rolling Rock Town Fair concert 2000
  • Backstage coverage from "Metallica's S&M Show"/NYC 1999
  • Full Senate Access to the Presidential Impeachment Trial and Vote 1999
  • Live broadcasts from the Winter Olympic Games/Nagano, Japan 1998
  • CNN reports as naked listeners deliver donuts to the IRS National Headquarters for Tax Day 1998
  • "Naked Twister" broadcast covered live by TV news helicopters and lots and lots of police 1998
  • ABC News with Peter Jennings features his Clinton/Lewinsky songs "A-Monica, the Beautiful" and "The Star Spangled Boner" 1998
  • Immortalized in the song “Lou Brutus” by 300 lb. schizophrenic street singer Wesley Willis 1998
  • Stage Host for Collective Soul at the Molson Ice Polar Beach Party/Churchill, Canada 1997
  • His Microbrew "Lou-in-Brau" quenches the parched 1997
  • Live backstage reports from Metallica's "Million Man Mosh"/Philadelphia 1997
  • Forms P.U.S.M.A.C.: People United to Stop Morissette the Anti-Christ 1996
  • Eddie Van Halen names his all star charity band "The Lou Brutus Experience"/Chicago 1996
  • Microbrew "Brew Lou-tus Ale" hits livers 1995
  • "Brutusman Versus the Mutant Zombie Cheeseheads from Wisconsin" Comic Book 1995
  • Backstage interviews from the shores of the arctic ocean with Metallica and Hole at the Molson Ice Polar Beach/Tuktoyaktuk Canada 1995
  • Live reporting from Frank Zappa's Final Concert/Frankfurt, Germany 1992
  • Interview with Lars Ulrich used in the film "A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica" 1992
  • Backstage coverage of The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert/London, England 1992
  • Leaps two stories into "The Crustacean Death Pit" (a crab filled pool) 1991
  • "The Adventures of Brutusman" comic book first published 1991
  • Reports live backstage from "The Wall" concert and private rehearsals/Berlin, Germany 1990
  • "Buried Alive" underground in a coffin (no, really) for forty eight hours 1990
  • Swills Chevas Regal from the bottle with Hunter S Thompson/Boston 1989
  • Attempts to jump Block Island Sound on winged mini-bike "Brutus Beach Beast"/Matunick, RI 1988
As Heard On

hardDrive XL

Nationally Syndicated Host
2007-Current


Sirius XM

Senior Program Director and On Air Host
2001-Current


hardDrive

Nationally Syndicated Host
1996-Current


WHFS

Washington, DC
Morning Drive
1998-1999


Rock 103.5 WRCX

Chicago, IL
Afternoon Drive
1995-1997


WMMR

Philadelphia, PA
Nights
1992-1994


WHJY

Providence, RI
Afternoon Drive
1988-1992


Awards

2013 Radio Contraband Awards
Best DJ in America Winner

2012 Radio Contraband Awards
Best Non-Traditional Programmer Nominee

2011 Twitter Top Tweets
10+ International Tops Tweets

2006 YouTube Honors Award
Dead Shembechlers "Bomb Ann Arbor Now"

2005 Best Homegrown Radio Talent
The New York Daily News

2003 New York Festival Awards
Gold Medal Award in Radio Programming

2002 Billboard Airplay Monitor Awards
Best Syndicated Show Nominee

2001 Billboard Airplay Monitor Awards
Best Syndicated Show Nominee

2000 Billboard Airplay Monitor Awards
Best Syndicated Show Nominee

1999 Billboard Airplay Monitor Awards
Best Syndicated Show Nominee

1998 Billboard Airplay Monitor Awards
Best Syndicated Show Nominee

1998 Billboard Airplay Monitor Awards
Major Market Personality Nominee

1998 AIR Awards/Washington, DC
Best Morning Show Nominee

1998 AIR Awards/Washington, DC
Best New Talent Nominee

1997 Billboard Airplay Monitor Awards
Best Syndicated Show Nominee

1997 Billboard Airplay Monitor Awards
Major Market Personality Nominee

1997 FMQB Awards
Best Afternoon Drive Show Winner

1996 Billboard Airplay Monitor Awards
Best Syndicated Show Nominee

1996 Billboard Airplay Monitor Awards
Major Market Personality Nominee

1996 FMQB Awards
Best Afternoon Drive Show Winner

1995 FMQB Awards
Best Afternoon Drive Show Winner