Radio Promotion Vet and Artist Director – Billboard


Radio and label veteran Barney kilpatrick died at the age of 65. According to his family, Kilpatrick suffered from depression and anxiety for many years and committed suicide on December 3.

Kilpatrick was born in Snyder, Texas, before moving to New Orleans at a young age. From then on, Kilpatrick deeply identified with the culturally rich city. He received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Louisiana State University and obtained a law degree from Tulane University shortly thereafter.

During his time in Tulane and before, he was a talent on the air at the university radio station WTUL. He later played the role of Barney K at one of the top 40 top stations in the US, WTIX-AM in New Orleans.

His love for music was omnipresent. Kilpatrick took piano lessons with the legendary Roosevelt Sykes of New Orleans and was an early organizer of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

In 1985, Kilpatrick accepted the local radio promotion position with IRS Records in Dallas. He was then promoted to IRS headquarters in Los Angeles before moving to Houston to do radio promotion for Warner Bros. Records in 1988. Warner promoted Kilpatrick and sent him back to Los Angeles where he became vice president in 1995, working closely with Van Halen, Madonna, Seal and Prince in the CHR / Top 40 department.

Kilpatrick returned to the South in 2000 when he joined Capricorn Records in Atlanta. From there, he ran and booked The Von Trapp Family Singers.

Kilpatrick eventually formed his own companies, Rockit Artist Management and Rattlesby Records. He also headed the symphony division of the booking agency Skyline Artists for several decades.

In recent years, Kilpatrick and his 34-year-old wife, Valerie, have returned to New Orleans. Kilpatrick most recently worked with a Nashville-based manager Neal spielberg.

Kilpatrick is survived by his wife Valerie and their four children, Mary, Katherine, Jimmy and Charlie. A memorial will be held in New Orleans on Saturday at the Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home. Tours with family and friends will begin at 12:00 p.m. CST, followed by a brief service at 2:00 p.m. CST and a reception at Rosedale Restaurant from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for gifts in Kilpatrick’s honor to the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic’s Suicide Prevention Program.


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