‘Cuzzin Brad’ Mullen, who brought dry humor to several alternative Utah radio stations, dies at 49


Brad Mullen, who as “Cuzzin Brad” brought absurd humor to Utah radio stations for three decades, has passed away.

Mullen died on Wednesday, according to a Facebook post by his last employer, KLO-FM, 103.1 The Wave. He was 49 years old. No cause of death was mentioned.

“Everyone is just in shock,” said his friend and colleague Chet Tapp, now the morning host on The Wave, on Thursday. “Nobody [at the station] knows what to do, what to say. No one saw it coming. … Some of us, like me, still can’t quite process it.

Mullen worked on rock and pop radio stations in Utah for over 30 years. His last assignment was at KLO, where he hosted The Wave’s morning show for several years and recently worked weekend shifts, while continuing to host two of the station’s flagship shows: “The Newer New Wave “Wednesday night and show,” Trouble on the 7th day. “

“It was one of the few radio stations that I loved to listen to,” said Kerry Jackson, co-host of X96s morning program “Radio From Hell”. Jackson said Mullen – once a colleague and more recently his competitor – “was one of the funniest, funniest people I have ever met.”

“You never knew what he was going to do next, but it would always be funny,” said Todd Nuke ‘Em, program director at X96, who compared Mullen’s humor to avant-garde comedian Andy Kaufman. .

Tapp said Mullen’s humor was dry and “super sarcastic.”

“It wasn’t the typical laughing track stuff, people laughing at other people’s jokes in the morning, blah, blah, blah,” Tapp said. “It just wasn’t your standard radio. I think that’s what made him stand out among the radio people.

Brad Lee Mullen was born June 14, 1972 in Salt Lake City to David and Mary Mullen. A year earlier, his older brother, Evan, died aged three days.

He grew up in Roy and graduated from Roy High School. He attended Weber State University and worked at the university radio station KWCR Wildcat Radio.

According to his family, when Mullen was in college, he also worked nights at the Country Cousins ​​convenience store in Roy. He called the radio station KJQ and eventually convinced the night host, Dom Casual, to do a nightly recording, called “Cuzzin Brad’s Country Store Chat”. The nickname stuck.

Mullen then made a demo and sent it to Casual’s boss, program director Mike Summers, and harassed him into giving him his first job, working weekends and night shifts at KJQ. in the early 90.

According to Tapp, Mullen was one of the last people left behind at KJQ when most of the on-air talent resigned following a change in leadership. Much of that talent landed on the new X96 (KXRK-FM) and Mullen joined them soon after, Tapp said.

After eight years at X96, mostly on the night shift, Mullen moved to Spokane, Wash., Drawn to Casual with an offer to host a morning show – “the ultimate radio mistake,” Tapp said. This job lasted 18 months and Mullen returned to Utah. Mullen worked for a time at a media company, Tapp said, then returned to radio at KENZ (101.9 The End), and later at an online station Tapp had started.

Tapp said he convinced KLO to adopt his station’s online format, focusing on the hits of the new wave of the 80s – which in 2016 became 103.1 The Wave. Tapp introduced Mullen to the management of KLO, and soon “Cuzzin Brad” began hosting The Wave’s morning show. Most recently, Mullen moved weekends to The Wave, while working a day at Overstock.com.

In 1998, Mullen married Shauna Nanell Gottwald; their marriage ended in divorce in 2017. A year later, Mullen met Lisa Westwood, whom the family described as “the love of her life.”

Mullen is survived by his girlfriend, Lisa Westwood; his mother, Mary Mullen; his sister, Amy Mullen; his brothers, Eric Mullen and Andrew Mullen; and seven nieces and nephews. Her father, David, and older brother Evan, have previously died.

A private funeral service for family and close friends is scheduled for Friday July 9. Plans for a public celebration are still underway, Tapp said.

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