Jeff Kurkjian is the host of “Jeff Kurkjian’s Country Beat” which you can hear on weekends across the country.

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A Radio History of Jeff Kurkjian

Thank you so much for coming here to learn more about me. I pride myself on sharing my life with the amazing people who have listened to me since I started my career back in Syracuse, New York. I was on the air at WJPZ (Z89) while I was a student at Syracuse University. That introduced me to the amazing world of radio and I haven’t looked back.

After graduating college in 2015, I moved to Cleveland, Ohio for my first professional radio job at Q104, a top-40 radio station. I had the opportunity to do a morning radio show in a city that was at the peak of a great time. In 2016, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Championship and the (then) Cleveland Indians made it to the World Series.

I was also honored to cover the Republican National Convention that took place in the city that summer as well. It was a big year.

I then decided to take an opportunity to join the country radio world in Las Vegas, Nevada at the (then) 102.7 Coyote Country. I worked with my cohost Aimee, a dear friend of mine, who you can hear as the voice of the intros for “Jeff Kurkjian’s Country Beat.”

We delivered flowers every Friday for years (COVID excluded), gave away IVF treatment to a family that had happy and healthy twins in 2023, hosted ACM and NFR events every year and so much more.

In 2022, after getting married, I was given the opportunity to move to Philadelphia to work with 92.5 XTU alongside my now cohost, Andie Summers, our producer Donnie and assistant producer, Shannon.

Time To Learn Even More

So that’s the radio history, but let’s actually get to know the man behind the microphone!

  • 1) Jeff Was Raised In Montgomery County, Maryland

    Jeff Kurkjian High School Graduation

    Jeff was the class president and opened up the graduation ceremony with a speech

    Jeff was born in Dallas, Texas (hence the love for country music) but his family quickly relocated to Maryland. A proud graduate of Quince Orchard High School, Jeff grew up in the small town of Darnestown, MD

  • 2) Jeff Is Happily Married

    Jeff Kurkjian Wedding Day

    He married Emily Rios (now Kurkjian) on April, 30th, 2022.

    His amazing wife, Emily, was born and raised in Las Vegas. They met there when Jeff was doing the morning show on Coyote Country. They met in the beginning of 2019 and tied the knot in 2022!

  • 3) Jeff Has An Amazing Dog!

    Jeff Kurkjian, Emily and their dog, Pirate

    He’s an 8-year old rescue pup. Pitbull and Great Dane mix.

    Jeff was hosting an adoption event at a Petsmart while working in Las Vegas and that’s where he met Pirate. He was eight at the time so he often was overlooked because of his age. But, he’s still going strong in 2023! What an amazing dog.

  • 4) Jeff's Dad Is ESPN's Tim Kurkjian

    Jeff’s dad was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in the summer of 2022. He has spent the better part of 45 years covering America’s pastime!

  • 5) Jeff Graduated From Syracuse University

    He’s a proud Orange alumni and a huge fan of their basketball team. If you asked his wife, winter is tough in their household because all that is on, multiple nights a week, is Syracuse basketball!

  • 6) Jeff Started An A Cappella Group In College

    Otto Tunes Syracuse University

    The group was founded by Jeff and many other singers in the basement of their dorm in 2011.

    Here are the Otto Tunes in one of their first official performances. They are named after Syracuse University’s famous mascot, Otto The Orange!

  • 7) Jeff's First Date With His Wife Was A George Strait Concert

    Jeff took Emily (they met on Tinder) on their first date to see The KING of Country Music, George Strait. They had the chance to meet Ashley McBride before the show, she was opening up for him.

  • 8) Jeff Once Rode In A U.S. Navy Blue Angel

    While doing radio in Cleveland, he was given the opportunity to fly with the Blue Angels before the big Cleveland Air Show. He didn’t pass out… but he did throw up. But don’t worry, you don’t see that part in the video above!

  • 9) Jeff Is A New Dad

    Jeff and his wife, Emily, welcomed their first baby into the world on August 10, 2023 (a day after Jeff’s 30th birthday). McKinley Hope Kurkjian was born 7lbs 7oz and cute as ever.

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