He’s B Mack on the radio.
Only his mom and grandma call him Brian.
And it says Brian McCune on his birth certificate.
Regardless of what moniker he goes by, this guy is well-known in Kelowna for both the on-air B Mack and Karly show on Sun-FM and his extensive community involvement.
However, the need for three names came from a scary episode in the past.
“When I was working in radio in Calgary and using my full name, I had a stalker,” he said. “I quickly changed my name to
B Mack and it’s stuck.”
B Mack was born and raised in Penticton and moved to Calgary to earn his radio and TV broadcasting diploma at Mount Royal University.
The training allowed him to combine his two passions – radio and being a disc jockey at everything from weddings and special events to high school dances and nightclubs.
Since moving back to the Okanagan six years ago, B Mack’s radio career has taken off.
He started at Sun-FM on what’s called swing shift, working evenings and weekends.
He hosted the B.C. at Night, a syndicated radio show from 7 p.m. to midnight for three years before doing a short stint on afternoons and then becoming a co-host on the most-listened-to and coveted morning show.
“It’s really gained momentum, especially in the past three years that I have been co-hosting the morning show,” said B Mack.
“I get lots of requests to MC community events and get involved in causes.”
His top two causes right now are B Mack and Karly’s Cold Weather Clothing Drive and the Gutsy Walk in support of the Kelowna chapter of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.
“Karly and I used our radio platform to do good and encourage people to drop off used coats and clothing at various locations for Inn From the Cold,” he said.
“We have a silly and fun morning show, so it’s nice to give back more than just fart jokes.”
B Mack himself suffers with Crohn’s, the inflammatory bowel disease.
“I was in pain for so many years, just thinking that’s the way it is, but you can get help and be on the mend,” he said.
“That’s why I MC and DJ the annual Gutsy Walk that raises awareness and funds and I’m a year-round advocate, for sure.”
Sun-FM is one of the many media outlets across the country owned by Bell Media, which annually has a Let’s Talk Day to encourage people to discuss mental illness, encourage people to seek help and remove the stigma attached.
“I decided to be honest and go public with my struggle (with anxiety and depression) to let people know they can get help with a therapist like I did,” said B Mack.
“It’s important to let people know they are not alone and there is help out there.”
In his spare time, B Mack is an avid golfer and likes to hang out in his backyard with his wife and their two pugs and Chihuahua.