Born Wade Collier on May 18, 1960, in Manchester, Georgia, I entered radio in my hometown at WFDR in 1978. In 1980, I moved to WRNZ Z-96 in Augusta, Georgia where the name ‘Bear O’Brian’ was born. In 1981, I worked at 107.3 WCGQ, a sister station of Kissin' 99.3. After staying there 8 years, I then traveled the country for about 18 months performing stand-up comedy.
I went back into radio in Macon, Georgia in 1991, then on to Montgomery, Alabama at WMCZ downtown in the Bell Building. Next, I worked at a station in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and then two years later went back to Montgomery to WBAM when it went to a country format in 1994. I then worked at WHHY when they went country and was re-named ‘Cat Country’. Most recently I was doing radio in Montgomery again and felt like it was time to come home to Columbus. I’ve worked in Columbus, Georgia for many years and it's great to be back working with a great group of people who've I've been friends with for a long, long time!
I am married to Mandi, who owns her own bakery where she bakes and decorates the most beautiful and delicious birthday and wedding cakes in the whole ‘danged’ world...I have a son, Tristan, and a daughter, Sydney.
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