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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

In these blogs, I'll just speak whatever is on my mind, but we will be playing within the rules here. I may pick a particular topic, point out an event, or shoot the breeze. I'm a little bit of an essayist at times, so I'll just speak what's on my mind, and I might tell a story or two. Or, I might spew out an opinion or three. There will be some serious moments, some tender, some poignant, but there will also be those moments that you'll just bust out laughing. But, hopefully, everything will be in good fun here. And, of course, there's a place below for your comments and thoughts as we go along here. So feel free to join me for the ride -- I sure as heck hope I'm doing this right and not making any mistakes.

Thanks for taking your time in reading Case's Column. Hopefully, you'll enjoy being entertained by it as much as I've enjoyed putting these writings together. And thanks for the time you spend in City-Data.com, where it's great to be alive!

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Belated Reflections Of A Former Texas Radio Jock

Posted 03-01-2024 at 07:09 PM by case44


The last time I traveled to Houston was back in June. An all-out effort to take an AM radio station, KEYH-AM (850), and program it with the flavor of the music of yesteryear (primarily a classic hits mix). It still has that format right now, as "Houston Radio Platinum".

Well, one of the jocks they had last year was a guy who'd had two previous stints on FM radio in Houston, and it was the first place he'd made it big. The fellow's real name was James Carney, a native Tennessean with a little country accent. He became known on the radio as Moby, due to what in those days was a very portly size. Previously, he'd been at the Bayou City's KSRR-FM (96.5, known then as 97 Rock) and later at KLOL-FM (101.1, known to us as K101), and, sandwiched in between, was a gig in Dallas-Fort Worth at KEGL-FM (97.1) which barely went two years. Most recently, Moby served at three Atlanta stations before retiring in 2016. Somehow, he had been talked out of retirement to do a three-hour, four-day-a-week show on KEYH. This was last June into the fall months, and he and a full group of newly-hired radio peeps wanted to make things work. I was not aware that Moby had stomach cancer, and I didn't even find out about his death until a month or two later. I had wondered why KEYH removed him from the website late last fall. By the way, it was during his Dallas run that I got to meet him once when the station had a public appearance at a local store and had a good, brief visit with him. He was very personable.

Presumably, he didn't move back to Houston when he lent his voice to KEYH, and I had a feeling that was the case. He'd actually stayed in his perch in Atlanta. But, nonetheless, it was just a kick hearing him again on Houston radio for what would be one last time.

His accent is flexible enough to go from rock-n-roll to country, and he did both of those formats very well. A shock jock throughout much of the 1980s (for which, admittedly, he did generate controversy), his act had mellowed out and he had a successful run in Atlanta.

While KEYH (Houston Radio Platinum) will live on (at least, until they get flipped to something else), Moby will always be remembered. Like him or not, he was our radio friend. Phrases like "Yeah, baby!!!!" can still be heard even on YouTube's airchecks. Whenever I want to hear the blasts from the past, face it, they're there.

Moby still remains a radio legend, and one who, like many others before him, is sadly missed.
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