Tom Barberi is the longest running radio personality in Utah history. He was born in Gilroy California, the “Garlic Capitol of the World”.
After enjoying childhood in the San Jose area, Tom attended San Jose City College, Idaho State University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Ogden’s Radio Operational Engineering School.
During those years Tom says he “majored in football, wrestling and girls, but not necessarily in that order”.
Tom’s work experience is also diverse. He dug ditches, drove a milk truck, unloaded boxcars in a warehouse and happened into radio through an old school buddy. He’s been in radio ever since. He first worked at several California radio stations and then came Salt Lake City and KALL 910 in 1971. Tom’s morning show was on for over 33 years making him the longest running radio personality in the Salt Lake market. Tom wrote a weekly newspaper column for the Salt Lake Tribune for 18 years, authored the book “Barberi Attempts to Legalize Adulthood in Utah”, and currently is freelance writing for the Salt Lake Magazine.
Tom was a Member of Governor Jon Huntsman’s Transition Team on the Alcohol Advisory Committee.
Tom’s favorite pastimes include doing his show, writing his column and trying to keep politicians honest. Tom is a guilt-free couch potato and a charter member of the Church of Monday Night Football. He never misses a Ute game and started tailgating at the University of Utah. Played in Utah alumni games in the 70’s and was made an honorary Ute. Tom loves to ski and golf and plays in many charity tournaments every year. Tom hosts many charities fundraiser's and speaks to various businesses.
Tom has received many awards over the years from business, civic and charity groups.
Tom was a 2002 Olympic torch bearer in Monument Valley and was inducted into the Utah Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2005.