Kurt Kilpatrick, was born in Jackson, Mississippi and attended public schools in Jackson. He now lives with his wife, Cathy, in Birmingham, Alabama. He has a Daughter, Candice Broom, a Son, Chip Kilpatrick, and three fabulous grandchildren.
Doctor of Jurisprudence, Cum Laude, 1978 Jackson School of Law at Mississippi College; Bachelor of Science, Communications-Journalism, 1971, University of Southern Mississippi; Associate Arts Degree, Speech, 1969, Hinds Junior College.
Awards & Recognition
Provine High School, Football Team Captain, First Team All-Big Eight Center in Football, Football Scholarships to Mississippi College and Hinds Junior College, Wittiest Favorite, Drama Scholarship to University of Mississippi, President of Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Hinds Junior College, Varsity Football and Tennis Teams, State Tennis Champion, Varsity Debate Team, State Debate Junior College Champions, Speech Award for Academic Excellence, Debate Scholarship to University of Southern Mississippi, Selected as Mr. Hinds Junior College.
Senior Class President University of Southern Mississippi, Debate Team, Student Senator in SGA, Best Newscaster Award, Deans List Scholar. Cum Laude Graduate of Jackson School of Law at Mississippi College, Vice President of the Student Bar Association, Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in the study of Torts Law.
Chief recruit petty Officer, U-S Navy Seabee Reserves, Direct commission as a 2nd Lieutenant U-S Army Reserves, Radio-TV officer for the Mississippi National Guard Headquarters Division, Cited for Excellence as part of a Combat-Ready news team during Brave Shield XVI Joint Military Exercise.
Television News reporter for WDAM-TV in Mississippi and KPLC-TV in Louisiana, Mississippi Broadcasters Excellence award citation for News Reporting, Award winning news reporter for WJDX-AM radio in Jackson, Mississippi, Co-host of the award winning Burt and Kurt Morning Radio Program at WJDX-Am in Jackson, Mississippi, WLCY-AM in Tampa, Florida, KULF-Am in Houston, Texas, WMJJ-FM in Birmingham, Alabama, and WODL-FM in Birmingham, Alabama, and 101.1 FM, The Source, in Birmingham, AL. Top Five rated Morning Shows by Billboard Magazine, and Top Eight National rating by Arbitron Rating Service in contemporary Radio Markets.
Kurt Kilpatrick has owned and operated a successful advertising agency in Mississippi, a Creative Services Business in Florida, Texas, and Alabama and currently runs his Professional Speaking and Creative Services business from his Home Base in Birmingham, Alabama. He has been a professional Humorist and Speaker for 35+ years.
As a Humorist, Kurt has spoken to thousands of groups at conventions and corporate gatherings all across the United States, as well as Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean. He has recorded Three Comedy Albums and is featured as one of the Top Humorists on “The Executive Treasury of Humor”, a cassette album marketed worldwide by the Nightingale-Conant Corporation in Chicago. In addition to writing humor for a variety of entertainers, speakers, and comedy services from Coast to Coast, he continues to write and perform humor on his daily morning Radio Show in Birmingham, Alabama known as “The Burt and Kurt Show” on WODL-FM, a Cox Broadcasting Company entity. Kurt also ghost writes speeches and creative broadcast Ad campaigns for Radio and Television stations and Ad agencies in the Southeast. He also produces scores of voice tracks for commercials using his repertoire of voices and characterizations.
In 1984 the National Speakers Association awarded Kurt Kilpatrick the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation. In 1989 the National Speakers Association awarded Kurt Kilpatrick the Council of Peers Award of Excellence (CPAE) considered to be the Speakers Hall of Fame. Kurt has been a featured speaker and teacher at numerous NSA workshops and National Conventions in Atlanta, New Orleans, Nashville, San Francisco, Phoenix, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Palm Springs and Dallas, Texas.
Kurt has two published works entitled, “Kurt Kilpatrick Presents 500-One Liners” and “Secrets of Sales Champions”, dealing with the importance of using Humor in business and in Sales.
As a Nationally recognized professional speaker, Kurt enjoys having the opportunity to touch others with the “Gift of Humor”. He uses humor to help people relieve the stress and strain of life and he believes people can learn to cope with and deal with frustration, anger, fear, and disappointment if they will learn to laugh.
While he can have an audience laughing until their sides ache, he can also skillfully convey a message of good sound advice for effective living. A favorite quote from Will Rogers which has become Kurt’s by-line is, “We’re only on this earth for a short time, so for heaven’s sake, have a few laughs and don’t take things so seriously, especially yourselves.”
The Burt and Kurt Show has thrilled radio listeners with wit, wisdom, and humor for over a decade and a half in Birmingham, Alabama. Co-host Bob Burton and Kurt Kilpatrick received a Certificate of Commendation from Alabama’s Governor for, “Having an irrepressible spirit and a dynamic energy in the promotion of good, clean humor on the radio.” The Mayor of Birmingham also gave Burt and Kurt a proclamation from the City.
Kurt Kilpatrick and his family are active members of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church in Birmingham. Kurt was a member of the Homewood City Council from 1994-to-1996.
In addition to his morning Radio show, Kurt Kilpatrick maintains his speaking business as a professional humorist, speaking to Corporations and Associations all over the United States. Through his Creative Services Company, Kurt provides Humorous-Motivational programs for Fortune 500 Companies, National and Regional Associations and other groups. He conducts seminars and workshops on Communications, Creativity, Customer Service and Leadership, as well as programs on How to Use Humor in Business to Maximize Productivity in Leadership, Business and Sales.