Hanging Up My Radio Headphones, It’s Retirement Time for Beau Matthews
At some point in our lives we all have to make the decision to retire from our job/career. After discussion with my wife, I decided to end my radio career with KIX 105.7. My last day on the air will be Friday, July 30.
I started with Townsquare Media on Monday, July 7, 2014, so I celebrated my seventh anniversary earlier this month. Not a lot has changed here except for the employees. Only one person is still here from when I was hired that year. Behka is still here as she is down the hall doing mornings on our sister station, Awesome 92.3. At the time she was doing two shifts- Afternoons on KIX 105.7 and mornings on Awesome 92.3.
Doug Sokolowski aka Dougie Doug was our Operations Manager. He along with our GM at the time, Mike Jenkins, decided to hire me for the morning vacancy that was left after Rob Edwards moved on in his young radio career.
It doesn't seem possible to be 62 years old and getting ready to hit 63 in October. I've traveled many miles since my start in radio in January, 1975, as a high school sophomore at KMAM/KMOE in Butler, MO.
I've been lucky enough to be employed at various markets in Missouri-Butler (3X) Clinton, Sedalia, (2X) Carrollton, Rolla, and Kansas City. Only one out-of-state gig in Springfield, Illinois.
I left radio off and on in the past 46 years. I ate a big chunk of those years DJ'ing at nightclubs in the Kansas City metro-The General's Inn in Raytown, The Silver Fox in Shawnee, Guitars & Cadillacs in Westport and in KC North, The Beaumont Club in Westport, and Whiskey Tango in Grain Valley.
It's been a great run and a lot of fun, but now it's time to let someone else take the reins. Thanks for the memories!
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