Don Burnes - 2004

​Don Burnes spent 25 years as Public Relations Director of the Pulitzer broadcast operations in St. Louis, where he marketed KSD-TV and the “classy” sound of KSD Radio in the ‘60’s.

​His image development for the stations was seen throughout the Midwest in advertisements, newspaper articles and brochures that placed heavy emphasis on the station’s personalities.

​In its heyday, KSD radio specialized in middle-of-the-road, light classical and big band music, and Burnes’ behind-the-scenes efforts helped propel the station to a solid market position. KSD-TV, the first station in St. Louis, was the market's powerhouse throughout his PR career there.

​In addition to his PR work, Burnes later put his vast musical knowledge to work when he hosted big band and dinner music programs on KCFM, was co-host of the “Muny Preview” show for two years on KMOX, and was heard as the announcer when Jim Bolen re-created the old Glenn Miller broadcasts.

​Don Burnes is the first graduate of the St. Louis University communications department to receive the school’s Alumni Merit Award.