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City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP
City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP

Steve McCoy has found a new job in Denver as KOOL morning host

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Steve McCoy, let go from B98.5 in February, has become the new morning host at Denver’s Classic Hits station Legendary 105.1 KOOL (call letters KXKL-FM), according to the administrative assistant who answered the phone Friday. She said he started on air May 17.

McCoy returned a text message Friday evening with a brief note saying he starts July 1, which is the day after his two-year contract with B98.5 is officially up.  But he has already started. I’m awaiting a response from him about it, but I suspect he stops getting paid by B98.5 once he starts another job and probably was trying to keep it under wraps from the bosses in Atlanta. Given how gabby people are in radio circles and how public his job is, that would seem like an awfully tall order. He has not mentioned the move on his Facebook page, but Denver radio boards have chattered about it this week. One of the board writers said KOOL has been through multiple hosts in recent years.

Some of his former colleagues had no idea he was going to Denver, including former Star 94 producer Jake Ray and former Steve & Vikki sidekick Tommy Sullivan.

KOOL’s Web site has not trumpeted this move. In fact. the site has no talent whatsoever referenced at all.

Denver is the 20th largest market. Atlanta is the 7th largest market. Friends say he has a home in Colorado and possibly family as well. KOOL ranks 7th in the April Arbitron numbers in Denver and is owned by Wilks.

McCoy has been a long-time jock in Atlanta, serving time at Z93, Power 99, Star 94 and B98.5 over the past 29 years (with a brief stint in Dallas.) His heyday was at Star 94 from 1990 until 2007. His contract ends with B98.5 at the end of June, where he worked for just under two years.

His options in Atlanta were limited, given the current market and his age. His long-time radio partner Vikki Locke was invited to come back to B98.5 at reduced pay. She accepted and has remained at the soft rock station.

To get an idea of the type of music Kool plays, its top 10 songs the past week, according to yes.com were Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” Grand Funk Railroad’s “Some Kind of Wonderful,” Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky,” Orleans’ “Still the One,” Carole King’s “I Feel the Earth Move,” The Guess Who’s “American Woman,” Elton John’s “Bennie and the Jets,” Chicago’s “25 to 6 to 4,” and Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love.” In other words, the station’s heavy on the 1970s. The 1980s are also we represented, more so than the 1960s.

80 comments Add your comment

bulldog bubba

May 21st, 2010
7:23 pm

Good for him.He deserves to work if he wants to.Atlanta is a lame market.Good radio is a thing of the past.Sigh!!!

gt pierre

May 21st, 2010
7:46 pm

Good for him. He is a good guy. Radio is a very cold business for sure. There doesn’t seem to be any loyalty anywhere in that industry.

Caroline

May 21st, 2010
8:17 pm

I am so glad for him. I miss him on the Radio. Maybe I can tune in to Denver’s station. Good Luck Steve!

Catherine

May 21st, 2010
8:40 pm

Good for Steve. As soon as he left I changed my station and have not listened since. He is an Atlanta Icon. Atlanta radio really makes some stupid decisions as of late. You go Steve, you deserve the very best and if Atlanta does not recongize your talent then go with the people who do.

JM

May 21st, 2010
8:46 pm

Atlanta is a radio graveyard.

NA

May 21st, 2010
9:08 pm

so you are saying he was let go because of his age???
sounds like discrimination

Saul

May 21st, 2010
9:09 pm

Who cares? He has his time in Atlanta; time to move on.Viki? Viki who?

Matt the Brave

May 21st, 2010
9:11 pm

Dang, guess if you give a lot of your life to Atlanta radio, they just show you the door. Oh well. Good for him being able to find a job with no problems.

4 Jacks

May 21st, 2010
9:13 pm

Good for Steve, I always enjoyed listening to him, and listened to him in the Atlanta market more than anyone over the past 20 to 30 years. He took the place of the best dj Atlanta ever had in Gary Mckee. Steve is good people, something most radio here do not understand. Have not listened to this station since the change and probably never will.

jarvis

May 21st, 2010
9:18 pm

I didn’t know he was gone until this article.

Fill Terrana

May 21st, 2010
9:38 pm

He’s not going anywhere. All he does is sit either in his Alpharetta basement or a local studio and voice tracks. This is just an announcing “gig.”

And another thing...

May 21st, 2010
9:56 pm

Very happy for Steve! Way to go!

Trey

May 21st, 2010
10:18 pm

He’s close the mountains for great skiing….kind of jealous I am. Oh well back to Pandora.

Chris Elliott

May 21st, 2010
10:22 pm

Good for Steve. I’ve listened to him for almost 15 years and have always enjoyed listening to him on the radio. He’s a great talent and everything happens for the best.

Radio Junkie

May 21st, 2010
10:32 pm

The Atlanta market is too into what research and consultants say. I got an idea, listen to your customers (listeners) instead!

Gloria

May 21st, 2010
10:42 pm

Congratulations Steve. I’ve been listening since your Z93 days. Good luck in ski country.

Tim D

May 21st, 2010
10:44 pm

I’m glad he has something lined up. He’s an entertaining personality and a likable guy who deserves better than the treatment it seems they gave he & Vikki @Star & B.

Best of luck, Steve!

BEND OVER here comes the CHANGE!

May 21st, 2010
11:01 pm

XM or Sirius is the way to go.

Wait a second

May 21st, 2010
11:38 pm

He’s already on the air. Somebody told me they heard him on the air this past week on their drive into work.

Macy's Detective

May 22nd, 2010
1:21 am

After college, in 1986, I worked at the downtown Macy’s in the security department. Macy’s spent a tremendous amount of money at the store with the “grand opening”. which incorporated the fabulous chandeliers. On opening day, the great “Steve and Vickie” produced their show “live” from the front window. I, being a new employee, was assigned to wear my very best clothes and provide them with “security”. “Steve and Vickie” treated me like I was a second class citizen. I hold no grudges, because I am now a federal agent, and their salaries, helped me, help others, keep this world a safer place, if only for a little while. I never dreamed my destiny was to keep them (steve and vickie) safe while they were doing their “thing” in the Macy’s window, but I always hoped I would learn the lessons to help the people who really need. it. By the way… your tax dollars, are appreciated… we are really are catching as many bad guys as we can!!!

Rodney Ho

May 22nd, 2010
1:34 am

I wonder why Steve told me he starts July 1 when it does sound like he started this week, according to the radio station employee who answered the phone.

Jen

May 22nd, 2010
2:02 am

I have/had been listening to Steve McCoy since the early 80’s when he was on Z-93 with Mary Glenn Lassiter on their morning show. I will miss him. Too bad he couldn’t stay in the Atlanta market. Vicki is the one they needed to get rid of. She so gets on my nerves. I do listen to that radio station in the mornings. Someone in the previous comments mentioned there is no loyalty in radio business but in all honesty there is any loyalty in any business anymore. I should know. Got layed off last summer after 14 yrs with a company. You have to watch out for yourself at all times.

Jen

May 22nd, 2010
2:03 am

Meant to say I do NOT listen to that radio station in the mornings – the one that Vicki is on.

Dennis

May 22nd, 2010
4:34 am

Atlanta is a stale and uncreative radio market. There has always been a tendency to recycle old talent over and over. Cox produces very bland programming in all of their markets.

sad brotha

May 22nd, 2010
5:05 am

Macy’s Detective sounds ate up and scary.

Danielle

May 22nd, 2010
6:58 am

I didn’t know he was gone. I listen to B and just thought he was on vacation or something.

jeff

May 22nd, 2010
7:14 am

I went to XM years ago after 96.1 left classic and what a delight, though I still chime in to AM750 and 680 but XM is a different universe and no turning back

jarvis

May 22nd, 2010
7:31 am

XM and Sirius are OLD technology. It took them so long to get financially solvent that they are going to be passed by before they ever got started. Pandora is going to be the death of them.

By the way, if you’re listening to Satellite Radio on anything other than their iPod app, you’re overpaying your subscritpion by a few hundred % a month. Look into it.

jb

May 22nd, 2010
8:03 am

Nobody listens to music anymore. Too much of that stupid rap, thug music. Dont have to have too much talent to write those songs.

JP

May 22nd, 2010
8:14 am

I seldom listened to local music radio, but knew of Steve from his long tenure here in Atlanta. I met him personally when he visited my daughter, very sick from Leukemia, in her hospital room, while doing a radiothon in Nov. 2003 for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. When she died two months later, he and his wife quietly attended her memorial service. I only found out because several people came to us afterward to say he was there. He wasn’t looking to be noticed, he just cared enough to come.

Pablo

May 22nd, 2010
8:52 am

I no longer listen to radio here in Atlanta. I now listen to CDs while on the road or at the house. However, when I am in Macon or Columbus I do listen, because they have real radio over there. Good for Steve. Too bad for Vikki…

Dick Cheney

May 22nd, 2010
8:53 am

Freddie Mercury's spirit

May 22nd, 2010
9:07 am

Atlanta needs an album-oriented classic rock station, one that doesn’t play the same old tunes over and over and over. A station that will include the deeper cuts and less well-known songs by the artists.

Everyone knows Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Are the Champions”; but I know you’d also enjoy “Spread Your Wings” and “Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy” as well.

Jim Mora Jr.

May 22nd, 2010
9:15 am

Adios Phil Terrana

ericMann

May 22nd, 2010
9:17 am

Sirius XM Opie & Anthony in the Mornings, featuring Little Jimmy Norton. Ron & Fez 11-3. Replays all day!

lkjlkj

May 22nd, 2010
9:40 am

Rodney, I’m guessing that he doesn’t get paid out the remainder of his WSB contract if he obtains another job before it expires. And since it likely pays a lot more than the Denver gig, he wanted to keep it quiet until July 1 and the station agreed. He’s probably not too happy with this story.

independent thinker

May 22nd, 2010
9:43 am

I agree with most people on here. I quit listening to local radio a few years ago, and never looked back! Too commercial (I know…have to pay the bills!), and pandering to ethnicities of which I am not a part. Even though that’s not the people who spend the big dollars! Now it’s either MP3 or Satellite, or even just silence in my car.

Brenda

May 22nd, 2010
9:49 am

” you give a lot of your life to Atlanta radio”?????

GIVE? this guy made 6 figures for lame jokes and crummy talk. GIVE? he was paid beyond fair but didnt deliver the ratings.

Pago Pago Dawg

May 22nd, 2010
10:03 am

Who listens to “dumb talk” radio anymore? We just slip in a cd.
You know the traffic will be awful every morning..and the weather…just look out the window…come on people. {:”}

Atlantan

May 22nd, 2010
10:04 am

I could never understand the attraction of Steve & Vikki. Lame jokes, boring interviews, blah, blah, blah !

How about more news, more music & less talk !

Shirley Q Liquor

May 22nd, 2010
10:26 am

Too bad he not take that train wreck Vicki wit him. She turrabull. Dont foget to tell yo mama i axed fur her.

ATL Radio

May 22nd, 2010
10:29 am

The atlanta radio market is a joke—totally embarrassing. I’m from LA and almost any station out there is way better than these local stations with annoying hosts and phony callers. I miss california.

Keith

May 22nd, 2010
10:31 am

ATL Radio, then leave you piece of $hit. We don’t need anymore people.

Captain Reality

May 22nd, 2010
10:34 am

Same loyalty Steve showed when he was a “Hot” commodity over the years (see number of stations he worked at). He as most “entertainers” went to the high bidder. That is the nature of the business world today. As his popularity dropped it was the station that made the decision not him. Ask him how much his pay increased with each station change. No tears here.

Rickstir

May 22nd, 2010
10:36 am

I live in Northern CO. now. I’ll turn on an FM Radio and let U all know for sure(:>

Julie Bryant

May 22nd, 2010
11:09 am

Steve was one of the good guys! Good for him! Radio is one of the most cut throat businesses there is. Most radio station owners are nuts! Life after radio … ahhhhh, how sweet it is! I wish the best for Steve and how lucky for the folks in Denver to get to listen to one of the best!

jimmymc

May 22nd, 2010
11:22 am

atlanta radio so bad bas i travel the state i find moby’s syndicated show

tara

May 22nd, 2010
11:56 am

He is a great radio personality and has been missed since he left b98.5.
He did Atlanta proud for all of his hard work in radio.Wish he could stay around on another station.i dont listen to b98.5 since he left.
wish him the best.
greatly missed but Denver is getting a winner.

Sansibelt

May 22nd, 2010
12:11 pm

Steve has a place in Steamboat Springs…so working in Denver will be a nice place for him to wrap up his career. He made a lot of money over the years. He had a good run. But it was time to go.

Morse Diggs

May 22nd, 2010
12:38 pm

YEah! Steve’s boring people in yet another state! Good for him!