Brian James , formerly known as Giovanni Zeus,was born in Alexandria, Virginia knew at a young age his passion was radio. As a young gentleman, Brian would record copies of local radio stations on cassette tapes and then mimic what he heard in the mirror, foreshadowing what was to come in later years. With his parents both efficient in communications and politics, the road was paved for him to begin his career in communications. His unique passion for people and harnessing positive energy is what keeps him afloat in this industry. Alongside hard work, diligence, patience and prayer, the passion for people is what got him to where he is today. Brian graduated from DeMatha Catholic High School in 2008 and enrolled into Salisbury University beginning his college career in 2008.
At Salisbury, Brian joined the school radio station (96.3 WXSU) his sophomore year doing a show with his best friends that came in rated at number 1, every semester the show was running. Brian then applied and received the Program Director job transforming the sound of the station into a competing sound in the Del-Mar-Va Market. Generating record breaking amounts of listeners that school has ever recorded, the radio station began grabbing the attention of the entire market. A school station being at competitive heights in a particular market is unheard of and drew the attention of artists, advertisers and his favorite station at home, WKYS. At a raw age of 19, Brian began interning at DC’s #1 station for Hip Hop & RnB , 93.9 WKYS and with some of the greatest personalities in radio such as his mentor, EZ Street. His hard work and persistence kept him around, working in various departments in Radio One learning Programming, Production and Promotions. Brian spent countless nights at the radio station, making the floor his bed for power naps on numerous occasions. His character and charisma made lasting impressions on Radio One, developing some of the most influential relationships in his life. His diligence and patience landed him a job after graduation from Salisbury University in 2012 and within a month he “cracked the mic” hosting his own radio show for the first time in cooperate radio & thus becoming the youngest Radio Personality in the Washington DC Market & the youngest to do so at WKYS.
Brian James also has been DJing for 6 years on Vinyl opening up for artists like Miguel, Beat Ya Feet Kings , Kelly Rowland, Ace Hood & many more. Brian has interviewed everyone from artists like Lupe Fiasco, to Athletes like Washington Redskins Cornerback, Byron Westbrook. Giovanni Zeus has one reason why he does what he does and thats simply his passion for people. He loves working in the community and doing all that he can to ensure that kids have the necessary tools to be successful in life. Brian would be a fool to say his accomplishments were done on his own, the grace of God and his blessings propels Brian through the daily grind it takes to accomplish his goals. He hasn’t reached anywhere near where he wants to be but through Prayer, Patience, Consistency , and Humility, WE can achieve anything.
Catch Brian James Weekday Mornings from 1am to 6am on Washington DC’s Number 1 Hip Hop & RnB Station, 93.9 WKYS & World Wide at KYSDC.COM !