Gene Birk first came to WBKO-TV as Sports Director in 1986. He left in 1993, then returned in 1994 as the primary News Anchor.
Gene graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Radio-TV from Southern Illinois University in 1972. He worked in radio in Beloit, Wisconsin and Crystal Lake, Illinois; and in television in Dubuque, Iowa; Mobile, Alabama; Amarillo, Texas and here.
Gene was a Theater Minor in college, and appeared in Close Encounters of the Third Kind which was filmed in Mobile when he worked there. He has also appeared in several area amateur theater productions, including The Lion in Winter, The Rainmaker, 1776, Annie Get Your Gun, and The Pirates of Penzance.
Gene serves as master of ceremonies at several functions, including the Jefferson Awards, the Western Kentucky Symphony, and Orchestra Kentucky. Sometimes he even gets a shot at performing with the orchestras.
Gene serves on the Advisory Council of the Foster Grandparent Program, this year as Chairman of the Board.
He has also volunteered, supported, or served on numerous other boards in the community, including Special Olympics, the American Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association, American Diabetes Association, the Capitol Arts Alliance, and CASA.
He also serves on the board of the Kentucky Associated Press, this year as board president.
Gene loves playing golf, softball, and football; going horseback riding, acting, and singing. But he is most enthralled by playing with his daughter, Abigail, whom he hopelessly adores!