Bad Brad Wheeler, started his musical career in 1989 when he was 18 years old working at Salt Lake City’s legendary Speedway Cafe as doorman and bouncer. While in College Brad discovered an ability and aptitude for Blues Harmonica, leading him down a musical path which he is still on. In 1997 he landed a job as the manager of World Renowned Dead Goat Saloon, and in 1998 moved back to his hometown of Ogden Utah to run Beatniks along Ogden’s infamous and historic 25th Street; While there he produced ( along with John Paul Brophy of the Dead Goat Saloon ) a weekly Blues Music showcase featuring a who’s who of National and International Blues Musicians which lasted over 10 years. In 2007 Brad accidentally got a job in Radio.
When KRCL 90.9fm wasn’t able to find a DJ to cover an afternoon program, Brad was tapped for the job. It was discovered that he had an ability to raise money, conduct interviews and craft clever themed music shows, causing the station to quickly offer him a job as the afternoon Drive Time host which lasted up till 2017 when he and the station parted ways. He has opened for numerous legendary artists including Buddy Guy, Etta James, Koko Taylor, Norton Buffalo, Bill Kirchen of Commander Cody fame, and numerous others, He’s performed at the Chicago Blues Festival, Clarksdale Mississippi’s Sunflower Blues Festival, the Utah Blues Festival, Red Butte Gardens and has been a featured artist at the SXSW. He is very proud to have performed several times on stage with Willie Nelson over the last 5 years, including Willie’s 80th Birthday Party in Austin Texas.
Currently, he is the Program Director and afternoon DJ at KUAA 99.9fm in Salt Lake City