The Charlie Brennan Show with Amy Marxkors

Mon-Fri: 8:30AM

Charlie Brennan

Charlie Brennan hosts the Charlie Brennan Show weekdays from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Brennan discusses issues, interviews newsmakers and takes listener calls. Best known for his passion for St. Louis, Brennan was named “One of the Most Influential St. Louisans” five years in a row by The St. Louis Business Journal.

Brennan is also “Provocateur” of KETC-TV’s Donnybrook, the highest-rated locally produced talk show on PBS. Brennan is hardly tied to a microphone:

In 2015, he led a community-wide clean-up of Ferguson, hosted a furniture drive for the Salvation Army and won a legal case before the Missouri Supreme Court.
In 2014, Brennan narrated "The Night Before Christmas" with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. It was his seventh appearance with the SLSO.
In 2013, Brennan wrote "Amazing St. Louis: 250 Years of Great Tales and Curiosities" in honor of St. Louis’ 250th birthday.
In 2012, Charlie helped lead a successful campaign to restore medical benefits to the blind in Missouri.Also in 2012, Brennan organized a group of volunteers to plant daffodils on area highways.

In 2011, Brennan and his listeners raised $105,000 to erect a statue honoring Chuck Berry, the Father of Rock 'n' Roll. Brennan presided over the statue’s dedication in a ceremony including the Isley Brothers, Little Richard, Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald, Elvis Costello and others. Also in 2011, Brennan asked listeners to call and urge then-Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to stay the execution of death row inmate Richard Clay, an action later taken by Nixon to the surprise of his critics and supporters. Clay later appeared on KMOX to thank Brennan and his listeners.

Brennan has organized five campaigns sending care packages to troops serving overseas. On KMOX, he exposed litter and trash problems on downtown streets which led to the establishment of St. Louis’ Problem Properties Court.Brennan also worked to promote ordinances allowing street musicians and food vendors in downtown St. Louis. Along with the American Institute of Architects, he led a successful effort to clean up downtown storefronts. Charlie and his listeners raised hundreds of thousands of dollars on his show to plant flowers in downtown St. Louis. Charlie also raised funds to install 27 historic plaques in the downtown St. Louis area. The St. Louis Business Journal named Brennan “A Most Valuable Volunteer in St. Louis” and St. Louis Magazine called him one of St. Louis’ 50 Most Powerful People.

Brennan is a former recipient of the Press Club of St. Louis’ Media Person of the Year Award, the Downtown St. Louis Partnership’s Civic Betterment Award, the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Norman Stack Award, the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Civic Stewardship Award, the St. Louis Society of the Blind Jim Butler Award, and the St. Louis Restaurant Association’s Media Person of the Year.

Brennan was hired by KMOX General Manager Robert Hyland to work evenings and weekends in 1988. Within two years, he began working the mid-morning shift, where he has been ever since. He lives in St. Louis with his wife and children.

Quick Questions with Charlie:

What is your favorite St. Louis activity? Favorite restaurants are Biggie’s on Watson and Gulf Shores on Olive. Favorite activity is hanging out with my family.

What would you do if you weren't in radio? I would be a stage or film actor. (Look out Steve Buscemi!)

Do you have any pets? No pets, unless kids count.

Share one random fact. I was baptized in the same church as Phil Donahue.

If you could live anywhere else in the country, where would it be? Jackson Hole, Wyoming or Salt Lake City, Utah or the Upper East Side of Manhattan

 

Amy Marxkors

Amy L. Marxkors grew up in the rural outskirts of St. Louis, Missouri, a homeschooler before anyone knew what homeschooling was. She spent her days building forts in the woods, playing sports, and reading books by Charles Dickens. She had no doubt she would one day discover a hidden talent that would land her in the Olympics.

An ardent athlete, she spent her teenage years playing ice hockey and tennis. Melding her passion for sports with her love for writing, she passed many mornings at the Chesterfield ice rink, flagging down St. Louis Blues players to interview for The Hockey Newsletter, her self-published, 30-page, single-spaced Word document of a periodical that she delivered monthly to local business leaders and to the players themselves, often against their will. While still in high school, she wrote for Missouri and Illinois hockey publications as well as the St. Louis Bandits of the North American Hockey League.

In 2007, she began working at Fleet Feet Sports. It was during her tenure at Fleet Feet that she fell headfirst into the world of distance running. She has since run 18 marathons, including the Boston Marathon, and has written two books on endurance sport: The Lola Papers (2012), named one of Competitor magazine’s must-read running books of the year, and Powered By Hope: The Teri Griege Story (2014). Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Competitor, Terrain, Ultrarunning Magazine, and more. Throughout her time writing, she also taught high school students in various capacities, from tutoring to teaching AP English Literature and Honors Writing.

In 2016, she became the co-host of Chili’s Week in Hockey, the St. Louis Blues weekly hockey show on KMOX. The following year, she joined the Blues radio broadcast. On February 2, 2019, when the Blues faced off against the Columbus Blue Jackets, she became the first woman to host the pre- and post-game of a radio broadcast for any St. Louis professional sports team.

With a grateful nod to her days homeschooling, memorizing sections of the Constitution, and driving to Jefferson City as a concerned constituent, she also made her first foray into the world of political talk, making appearances on The Charlie Brennan Show, The Mark Reardon Show, the Dave Glover Show, and Donnybrook, among others.

Several years ago, at a coffee shop on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Mark Singer of The New Yorker told her not to be glib, and she has taken that advice to heart.

Amy would still like to go to the Olympics.