Barry Young Retiring From KFYI, Mike Broomhead To Mornings
September 18, 2014 at 9:24 AM (PT)
Longtime iHEARTMEDIA News-Talk KFYI-A/PHOENIX morning host BARRY YOUNG has announced his retirement from the station, effective NOVEMBER 7th. Afternoon host MIKE BROOMHEAD will move to mornings to replace YOUNG. YOUNG has been with the station since APRIL 27th, 1987; he will be honored by the station with a roast in OCTOBER.
YOUNG said, “Being a part of KFYI's growth and development from a new renegade start-up Talk radio station into one of AMERICA's great and mature heritage radio stations has been both a wonderful challenge and delight. It has been an incredible privilege to be an integral part of all this and to be a part of the day to day lives of so many thousands of our listeners, our neighbors -- all across ARIZONA. Although I am retiring from a day-to-day Talk radio program, my heart will always be in broadcasting and at KFYI. I know that I will miss being on the air more than I can express, but I know I leave KFYI and all of our listeners in good hands.”
BROOMHEAD said, “BARRY YOUNG is a legend in this business and will someday soon be in the ARIZONA Broadcasting Hall of Fame. It has been an honor to work with and learn from him. I'm looking forward to hosting mornings. I want to talk about the issues that concern all of us and find solutions that are best for ARIZONA. I’m not always right, but I always want what is best.”
PD NEIL LARRIMORE said, “MIKE is a superstar who has worked hard to earn this opportunity. He's a great host, but even more so, he's a good man. We’re so excited to move him into mornings at NEWSTALK 550 KFYI."
VP/Programming STEVE GEOFFERIES added, "BARRY has had a significant impact in PHOENIX radio over the past 27 years. He’s a legend. With MIKE BROOMHEAD, we can continue his legacy of providing the VALLEY with the information, entertainment and the radio its come to rely on from 550 KFYI. We are sad to see BARRY move on, but we are excited about the future of this radio station."
Market Pres. SCOTT HOPECK said, "BARRY's retirement is bittersweet. While we're sad to lose a PHOENIX icon from the morning drive on KFYI, we're excited to have MIKE BROOMHEAD step in to this position to inspire, inform and entertain Phoenicians with his brand of talk radio. Best wishes for an enjoyable retirement, BARRY and welcome to mornings, BROOMHEAD."