President and Founder, HardRadio.com
Dallas/Fort Worth Area
(this is my Linkedin.com profile)
KMAC-San Antonio, TX.
KESI-San Antonio, TX.
KISS-San Antonio, TX.
KXZL-San Antonio, TX.
KZEP-San Antonio, TX.
KSYM-San Antonio, TX.
Z-Rock Network-Dallas, TX.
Pioneered Heavy Metal radio, pioneered national satellite radio, pioneered internet radio. 33 years in broadcasting, from local to national satellite to global internet. I've worked in many capacities - as on-air talent behind a mic for 18 years, Operations Manager, Program Director, Assistant Program Director, Music Director, Promotions Director, Production Assistant, Studio Engineer, Chief Engineer, Format Consultant.
2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 Nominee for Texas Radio Hall Of Fame
October 1995 - Present (16 years 4 months) Dallas, TX Founder, President, and General Manager of HardRadio.com, the world's first .com internet-only radio station. Building on 18 years of broadcast and network radio experience at launch in 1995, HardRadio was the first online station license by both ASCAP and BMI, the first with trade journal playlist reporting status, the first with global premieres of new label music, the first online station 100% serviced by the recording labels, and many other pioneering innovations brought to the new medium.
January 1994 - October 1995 (1 year 10 months) Dallas, TX Chief engineer 1190AM news/talk - originally Gordon McClendon's KLIF, the birthplace of top-40 radio, with the US' most elaborate night time antenna array of 12 towers.
Program Director, air talent
January 1993 - January 1994 (1 year 1 month) Dallas, TX Local program director, on-air talent, and promotion host.
1992 - 1993 (1 year) Dallas, TX
"As the guy who Changed the Eagle to rock again and pounded ZPS, KTXQ and the Edge into Oblivian, I found Tracy Barnes to be a great competitor and an oustanding on air talent. and even though he has more then one name, perfect for the station." April 23, 2012
1st Brian Krysz, Owner, Key Wesy Investments LLC. managed Tracy indirectly at KEGL FM
Air Talent/Ops Manager
ABC Radio Z-Rock
Public Company; 201-500 employees; Broadcast Media industry
1986 - 1990 (4 years) Dallas, TX
Operations Manager, Programming and Music Director. Mid-day air talent. The first nationally programmed 'super station' and the only fulltime hard rock programming ever nominated by Billboard.
Weekend air talent
September 1986 - November 1986 (3 months) San Antonio, TX
Host and producer of weekend heavy metal show
Music News of Texas
January 1985 - November 1986 (1 year 11 months)
Monthly Metal Columnist for Music News of Texas: San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston.
Prime time air talent
May 1986 - September 1986 (5 months) San Antonio, TX
7pm-midnight evening on-air talent
Prime time air talent
January 1986 - May 1986 (5 months) San Antonio, TX
7pm-midnight air talent.
Air talent, production assistant, engineering assistant
99.5 KISS FM
1983 - 1986 (3 years) San Antonio, TX
On-air 10P-2A. Programmed and hosted the nightly Metal Hour. Programmed and hosted Headbanger's Heaven on Friday nights. Production Department Assistant. Engineering assistant. Kudos to Gregg Stevens for giving me the ball to run with. Ironically in 1990 I put this station out of format with my 760AM San Antonio Z-Rock affiliate.
Assistant program director, night time air talent, engineering assistant
February 1983 - November 1983 (10 months) San Antonio, TX
Assistant program director, night time air talent. The US' first fulltime 24 hr metal station. Engineering assistant.
Audio service technician
Bjorn's Stereo Designs
January 1983 - August 1983 (8 months) San Antonio, TX
Audio service technician at high-end electronics retailer.
Assistant program director, afternoon air talent
January 1982 - January 1983 (1 year 1 month) San Antonio, TX
APD, PM drive air talent
PM drive air talent, Chief Engineer
September 1981 - December 1981 (4 months) Victoria, TX My first commercial radio gig, doing afternoons and upgrading the transmitter.
Night time air talent, studio engineer
January 1979 - September 1981 (2 years 9 months) Memphis, TN
Programmed, produced and hosted the US' first regularly scheduled heavy metal show at this community/college station. Many thanks to Alan Cook for the immense opportunity.
Hillyer Tool Sales
1978 - 1981 (3 years)
Inside sales for Manufacturer's Representative firm of Production line tooling.
certificate of completion, Recording Engineering
1979 - 1980
University of Florida
1975 - 1978
Activities and Societies: Pi Kappa Alpha social fraternity, IFC representative, rush and social committees.
Founder HardRadio.com "Tracy is one of the most talented people I have worked with in the last twenty five years and continues to provide an excellent service to my firm."
Ioannis Vasilopoulos, Vivid Images Creative
"We've all heard the term "ahead of the curve," and in my book Tracy invented the term! From his time in radio at Z-Rock way back when to his launching HardRadio.com on the Internet, Tracy knew what his "audience" wanted way before they did and delivered it to them day in and day out (and still does); you just can't put a price tag on that kind of visionary thinking."
Mike Boyle, VP/Managing Director, Friday Morning Quarterback (FMQB)
"You can't go wrong with Tracy. He is always good at whatever he does...and he does his work with a conscience. I highly recommend Tracy for any work."
Jack Orbin, Stone City Attractions
"Tracy was one of the key movers and shakers in the hard rock and heavy metal explosion of the late 1980s, and one of the main supporters of the music from the bands we managed at Concrete Management. He knew his market and knew how to take advantage of the scene to support up and coming artists as well as gold and platinum acts traveling the country on tour as well as on the radio."
Walter O'Brien, Founder, President & Owner, Concrete Management, Inc.
"I have worked with Tracy for many years now and he is a great and hard working guy. He has developed one of the most important and influential music sites on the internet. I would highly recommend him for anything!"
Brian Slagel, Chairman/CEO, Metal Blade Records
"Tracy has been a steadfast champion of media and technology - leveraging both to deliver great value. He has always been able to clearly articulate and deliver on the great ideas he's hatched - and I look forward to future opportunities to work with him again."
Glenn Bulycz, Sr. Mgr. QuickTime Marketing, Apple
"Tracy has always been a pleasure to work with. His attention to detail and commitment to process always impressed me. Tracy assisted one of our small imprint labels with A&R as well as he participated in important listening meetings to help us make correct business decisions. I look forward to working with him again in the future."
Paul Caldwell, Chairman, Caldwell Holdings
Certified scuba diver at age 12. Worked in Kawasaki dealerships in the 70's building IDBA national record holders in Ultrastock and GG/A. Motocross racer '73-'75. HS golf team conference champions and letters 4 years. First personal computer, Ohio Scientific in 1979. Worked in high-end audio electronics service. Manufacturer's Representative for Production Line Tooling. FCC licensed broadcast engineer.
Groups and Associations:
Society of Producers and Engineers
Free Radio Alliance
Music Industry Network
Streaming Media Professionals
Honors and Awards:
Created and hosted the country's first regularly scheduled hard rock and heavy metal radio program in 1979.
Pioneered national satellite radio at Z-Rock in 1986.
BAM Magazine -100 Most Influential Persons in Music Industry 1988
Friday Morning Quarterback-Hard Rock Radio Person of the Year 1989
CMJ-Hard Rock Director of the Year 1989
CMJ Metal Marathon Hard Rock Radio Panel Moderator 1989
Z-Rock programming the only full time hard rock programming ever nominated by Billboard.
Consulted radio station KRAD-Corpus Christi, TX. from worst to first in only one Arbitron rating period.
Pioneered internet radio in 1995.
Credited on nearly 100 albums and CD's
Gold and Platinum awards for assisting the efforts of artists like Guns n' Roses, Alice Cooper, LA Guns, Megadeth, Metallica, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, Pantera, Joe Satriani, Scorpions, Skid Row, Tesla, Warrant, Winger, Van Halen.
2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 Nominee for Texas Radio Hall Of Fame
HardRadio winner RAIN 'Best Single-Stream Webcaster'