Kourtney "Ari" Burns is a Multimedia Personality, based in Los Angeles.
A California native, Kourtney was raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where she attended Shaker Heights Schools. At Shaker, she got her start in the world of journalism as a staff reporter for the student paper, the Shakerite; studying under Natalie Sekicky (adviser) and Wesley Lowery (Shaker alumnus, Reporter for the Washington Post). Before graduating, she completed her Senior Project observing Cleveland radio personalities Robyn Simone (WZAK), Bijou Star (WENZ) & Jimmy Malone (WMJI).
She continued her career as a student at Kent State University as a Broadcast News major, where she began to thrive as a DJ for Black Squirrel Radio (under then Program Director Alyssa Haberman, KZBT FM). She hosted her own show, "Awkward Time," which she penned to describe her transitional period into college. She then co-hosted "Battle of the Ages" with Big Stove and Rumbi, discussing old vs new school Hip Hop & R&B. Her colleagues graduated, and Kourtney once again hosted her own show, centered around entertainment news, on "The Motion," which was her show to be frequently among the top 20 most listened-to programs on air. While at Kent, she also stepped up to the role of New Music Coordinator, under Music Director Gina LaRocca, where she scouted local talent, reviewing music and assisting the Music Department at BSR. Kourtney also explored her talents within television, and was brought on as Associate Producer and Talent on the TV-2 sketch comedy show, formerly known as "What's Up Weekly," featuring Kim Anderson (WEWS) & Kristie Graybill (KISS 107).
Kourtney then transferred to the University of Akron to continue focusing on radio. She immediately delved into being involved with WZIP FM, formerly under Nancy Sinning (WCLV FM), now under Christopher Keppler (WAKR FM). She began as the Music Programming Director, overseeing the Music Department. In that role, Kourtney was responsible for scheduling music for 24/7 rotation being broadcast to over 100k listeners across Northeast Ohio, and worldwide via online stream. Apart from editing and adding music, producing content for the station and appearing on air, Kourtney reprised as a morning and midday DJ for Z88. She has since had opportunities to attend numerous media events, including: The Ohio Hip Hop Awards; SXSW Music 2016 in Austin; The 2016 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Brooklyn; the Cleveland premiere of the HBO series: Vinyl as well as the Lebron James Family Foundation "Better Make Room" event, keynoted by First Lady Michelle Obama, among many others. Her lasting contribution to WZIP was the advent of "Late Night Local Talent," where she and her colleagues have now interviewed scores of creatives local to Northeast Ohio, and debuting their music on a major platform. She then continued on to host her very own showcase, "Late Night Local Talent: Live." Her collaborative efforts merited the honor of WZIP's 2016 "Director of the Year" award.
Kourtney has since graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts in Mass Media from the University of Akron, and relocated back to California to continue to smash her goals. Whether she's writing online, talking on air or appearing on multimedia outlets, she is branding herself day by day. She is an avid show-goer, with an undying passion for music.