Karen fills us in on her career in Central
"I started my local radio career in Brevard in 1991 spinning records at WPGS-AM
840, located in an old building on US1, on the riverfront in
Titusville. After about a year, Charlie Liles approached me to do afternoon drive at the new station he was starting (as
"Radio Brevard") on Hwy 46 in Mims. It was WAMT-AM
1060 (now WIXC-AM 1060), and we played ALL kinds of music, from the 40ís to easy listening of the 80ís. I started with
who I think might still be there! I was there for about a year, when I was hired at
102.7, "The Hit Kicker", for 6-midnight. That was my first FM job, and the station was in the boondocks on Pluckebaum Rd.
in Rockledge. One night, I couldnít leave as my midnight replacement couldnít get in, because there was a HUGE steer on the loose, running around the station. In 1994,
Tanya Klepper hired me at WLRQ-FM 99.3, "Lite Rock 99.3" to do middays. At the time, I worked with
Phil Noble, Jay Waggoner,
Mark Cantoni and others.
I stayed on in middays until 1996 when the morning guy/PD Dave Kelly was having problems finding a suitable morning partner.
I was moved into
mornings with Dave in 1996, and we were together as "Kelly and Kay and the Morning Wake Up Call" until September of 2000, (when she left the business.)
After about a year, I started missing radio so in 2001 an old friend who is now the PD at
WHKR, Ted Turner, hired me to do part-time weekends at "The Hit Kicker", which is now a
Cumulus (Broadcasting) station in
Melbourne. When they let their female morning show co host go, I was hired to work alongside
Denny Stone for "Hit Kicker Country in the morning with Denny Stone and Karen Kay".
I did that for a year, until working 2 fulltime jobs took its toll and I "retired" from radio again.
Itíll always be in my bloodÖbut I guess Iím getting too old to get up that early!
Iíve been blessed to work with some great folks in the business."