About Bruce Barber


Bruce Barber has been a radio broadcaster for the past 35 years.

Early Days

It all started on WEOS-FM, the student-run station at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva New York. That led to Bruce’s first paying gig – in 1978 – as a part time announcer on WACK-AM in Newark New York.

Commercial Radio

After graduation, Bruce worked his way up from unpaid intern to morning show co-host on 97 Rock in his hometown of Buffalo. In 1985, Bruce moved to New Haven Connecticut, where he became the “Barber” of “Smith and Barber The Morning Show”, which ran for 17 years on WPLR.

Independent Media Creation and Public Radio

Bruce incorporated in 2000, and in 2003 decided to leave WPLR to found Barber Productions, with the goal of creating independently produced content that “informs and entertains”.

He joined WNPR, “Connecticut’s Public Media Source for News and Ideas” as an independent producer in 2007, and became the 7 to midnight host in January of 2010.

Bruce is the creator and host of The Real Life Survival Guide, a website and radio show about the challenges of modern living. The show has enjoyed two successful runs on WNPR, in 2007-08 and 2011-12, and “The Best of the Real Life Survival Guide” currently airs on Sunday evenings at 6:30.


Bruce is a married father of four enjoying “real life” in the Westville section of New Haven Connecticut.


Photos courtesy of Seshu Photography