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Former 99X host Steve Barnes in an AirTran ad, his “High Rise” show gets picked up by WAGA-TV

Former 99X and DaveFM host Steve Barnes was recently seen in a “Drop Dead Diva” episode playing a corrupt contractor.

And in this AirTran ad below, Barnes plays some dude sleeping in coach in a middle seat. Barnes in coach in a middle seat? And yes, the host is Peter Graves, reprising his role from “Airplane” 29 years ago.

“It was fun doing the ad and there are actually some versions where I wake up,” he wrote to me. “Actually, when I auditioned for the ad I was auditioning for a totally different AirTran ad. When they cast me in this one I was thrilled because I thought it was very funny.”

Barnes has worked with AirTran at 99X, Dave FM and for his current online series “High Rise.”

And good news for him: “High Rise” is coming back in 2010 with 30-minute episodes instead of the five-minute snippet season one. And he won’t be working with Comcast On Demand anymore. Instead, he’s got a deal with WAGA-TV. I’ll post more details later in the year as the date gets closer.

35 comments Add your comment


August 21st, 2009
4:02 pm

Hmm Steve Barnes playing a sleeping stiff? Who would have thunk it?

gray smith

August 21st, 2009
4:23 pm

Are you this guy’s agent? Every time he does something you comment on it…is he that talented or just an old friend who needs your help…..

a texan

August 21st, 2009
5:32 pm

99 x used to suck


August 21st, 2009
9:23 pm

As bad as Barnes is, I’m sure he can read better than that heavily made up woman who reads the news in the morning. “Sujita Someone” is painful.


August 21st, 2009
9:32 pm

that ad is too funny…i like barnes and miss leslie


August 21st, 2009
9:53 pm

Steve Barnes…what a toolbag

don't insult toolbags

August 21st, 2009
10:14 pm

… toolbags have more integrity.

thank god all of those d-bags are off the air.

99x at 97.9 … what a joke.

Dawg Foot

August 21st, 2009
10:16 pm

Barnes is the biggest JERK ever to walk the earth. Similar to Phil Mickelson they should call hin FIG JAM.

Ricky Stevens

August 21st, 2009
10:27 pm

At least you didn’t have all that fake hair was covering his back acne in those photos. Talk about gross.

Ricky Stevens

August 21st, 2009
10:28 pm

Wow, I messed up that sentence. What I meant to say – be thankful he had on that fake body hair, so you didn’t have to see all his back acne. Gross!


August 21st, 2009
11:29 pm

99x is better now than it ever was. For one, they actually play music in the morning. And they are playing good new rock. I’d like to hear more new music, but at least we’re not stuck with just DaveFM.

Chief Wiggum

August 22nd, 2009
4:41 am

Ricky, thank you….we are talking about Captain Back Acne here.

Steve Barnes

August 22nd, 2009
8:21 am

I can act! Really I can. Just give my show a chance! I’ll buy you something.


August 22nd, 2009
8:22 am

Sweet Mother Peter Graves is still funny @ 83. Why does everyone hate Barnes so much?

Destin Beach Bum

August 22nd, 2009
8:28 am

I have never heard so many people that were so infatuated with another dudes back…

99X was excellent

August 22nd, 2009
8:33 am

if you listened to 96 rock, you would not have understood 99x and i am sad for you. try not smoking when pregnant. steve barnes knows more about music than pretty much anyone. i can’t speak on the commercials, haven’t seen them.

FM Fats

August 22nd, 2009
8:39 am

High Rise is a train wreck. The acting and writing in those made for cable soft porn movies are better,


August 22nd, 2009
9:36 am

Even when he was on the radio, he was an egotistical, namedropping, pompous a**.

Bad Penny

August 22nd, 2009
7:28 pm

This richard just won’t go away.


August 22nd, 2009
8:54 pm

Funny…Steve Barnes playing someone who is asleep. Pretty much what he’s done to the people of Atlanta for years.

Honestly – is there a person in Atlanta radio/tv that loves himself more than this guy? Besides Steak Shapiro of course – but he’s in a league by himself.


August 22nd, 2009
9:04 pm

Isn’t that dude a little old to be a DJ on 99x? He’s about as old as my grandpa.

Ted Baxter

August 22nd, 2009
11:38 pm

I would love to see a big screen adaptation of an unknown superhero, Captain Back Acne. Barnes could play himself. I think Barnes should make it happen – he was amazing in that Corey Feldman film a few years back. HAHAHA Capt’n Back Acne strikes again, love the sound of that.


August 23rd, 2009
4:46 pm

Ted Baxter, you sound like you’re gay for Barnes.


August 24th, 2009
10:32 am

That Barnes, he’s so talented!

Charles Bronson

August 24th, 2009
10:56 am

Barnes Lesie and Jimmy… the best their ever was


Cap'n Back Acne

August 24th, 2009
11:40 am

My wife looks like Jewel – consider yourselves sued!


August 24th, 2009
11:41 am

snif, the regular gus rule,snif


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11:42 am


August 24th, 2009
2:26 pm

Barnes pretty much was a jerk on 99x, which is why people still love to hate him. Between acting like a child with other station dj’s to being a combative jerk, he did not have the most stellar personality.

It got so bad that one of the last April Fool’s jokes had him beating up Clark Howard. His rep was so bad at that point that it was believable.


August 24th, 2009
2:34 pm

The Regular Guys are just a couple boring hacks. At least fat one doesn’t pretend to be gay anymore, even though he still sounds like it.

Who's that guy? Steve who?

August 24th, 2009
7:20 pm

This Steve guy looks weird.

Who is he?Should we know him?


August 25th, 2009
2:25 pm

Why dont they bring back the QUEEN in the mornings?

Al Lazzerman

August 25th, 2009
3:59 pm

What a bust. Was a DJ for a radio station and did the SAME THING for ten years. Boring.

Felt bad for him. Clearly, he cant live without trying to be a star that he never was.

Kids- proof that the SATs are important.


September 2nd, 2009
6:25 pm

Funny, I always thought Barnes was fairly entertaining while knowing that I would never have wanted to be his friend in real life.

Anywho, in the beginning of that commercial Peter Graves says, “interweb.” I get that that is supposed to be ironic when the hip kids say it. But is it still ironic when an old guy says it?