Gene Burns Dies: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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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:

Gene Burns on the Nature and Role of GovernmentGene Burns is a talk radio host and ran for the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party in 1984. At this speech at a Libertarian Party of Georgia event in 1991, Burns describes the nature of government generally and the state of libertarianism at the end of the 20th century. Download the .mp3 version of…2012-02-29T17:26:09.000Z

2. He Had Suffered a Stroke

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He had suffered from several health scares in recent years, including a stroke. After suffering his stroke in December 2011, he was taken off the air.

3. He Was a Talk Radio Staple in Most Major Cities

MattAHTatTat Vs Gene Burns Of KGO Radio San Francisco on 9/11 TruthI sometimes tune into KGO over the internet due to their topics of discussion and on the eve of the 8th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11, Mr. Burns was tackling the "conspiracy theories" of 9/11. Admitting he had never really taken a look at the evidence against the official story (yet continues to defend…2009-09-11T06:19:16.000Z

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

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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.”