Thom Tran has been working in radio for nearly 18 years, as both a civilian broadcaster and as a member of the United States Army.
Thom studied Broadcast Journalism at the Buffalo State College in his hometown of Buffalo, NY and worked as DJ and traffic reporter on the radio throughout the city. But after seeing Robin Williams’ performance in “Good Morning Vietnam”, and being from a military family, Thom decided to join the US Army to “be Adrian Cronauer”. Turns out there was no job for that. So Thom instead specialized in tactical, broadcast, and small unit radio communications for a unit under the US Army’s Special Operations Command. Then in 2003 while deployed in Iraq, Thom was shot during a firefight and wounded in combat. The wound ended his military career and he returned to Buffalo and continued working in radio.
Post-combat, Thom found standup comedy to be his therapy, and moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to pursue his new career, but always keeping a foot in radio. A regular fill-in on many LA radio stations since 2008, Thom continues to do standup comedy bringing laughter to active duty and veteran military personnel with his troupe, the GIs of Comedy, and is now the mid-day traffic anchor on KNX 1070 from 9 AM – 2 PM.
In 2012, Thom was awarded the Buffalo State College Distinguished Young Alumnus Award and spoke at the Commencement ceremony.