Radio legend Coyote Calhoun retiring after nearly 35 years

Radio legend Coyote Calhoun retiring after nearly 35 years

Radio legend Coyote Calhoun retiring after nearly 35 years

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by Rachel Platt/NEWS RELEASE

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 15 at 6:24 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It all began in Louisville for Coyote in 1973 at WAKY Radio.

Vintage pictures show Coyote in his early days waving to fans that would come to the window at WAKY to see the magic happen.

Coyote was born in Oklahoma where his disc jockey dad would open the door to radio when he bought a station.

WHAS11’s Reed Yadon, who worked alongside Coyote at WAKY, said he was seasoned by the time he arrived in Louisville.

Reed Yadon said he was known for hanging onto a note to bridge into the music and doesn’t know how he did it.

From WAKY, Coyote would change his tune and move to country and WAMZ, a place he's called home for nearly 35 years.

Coyote just doesn't play country music. He's as popular as some of its brightest stars; making WAMZ one of the top rated country music stations in the country.

Coyote is so popular he's been elected to the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and the Country Music Radio Hall of Fame.

For years WAMZ radio, as well as WHAS radio, were housed in the same building as WHAS television news.

Coyote is expected to sign off by the end of 2014. 

Beginning in 2015, he will serve as a community ambassador for the station, appearing at special events, the Kentucky State Fair, and the St. Jude’s Radiothon, a cause near and dear to his heart for decades.

97.5 WAMZ will be announcing a series of community events commemorating Coyote Calhoun’s career over the coming months.

"I have loved every minute at 97.5 WAMZ, especially spending time with the thousands of listeners I’ve met over the years," Calhoun said. "My health is great, and now is the time to go
out, travel, and have some fun. I’d like to thank the Country fans of Kentuckiana for all their friendship and support."

"Coyote Calhoun is one of a kind, a true original," Kelly Carls, regional programming manager, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, said. "Coyote is the only Program Director
WAMZ has ever had. He truly personifies Country music in the Louisville area. We appreciate his years of tireless dedication to our community, our clients and our listeners. We cannot thank
Coyote enough."

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