KFTI-A/Wichita Personality Johnny Western To Retire
April 6, 2010 at 7:36 AM (PT)
JOURNAL BROADCAST GROUP Country KFTI-A/WICHITA midday host JOHNNY WESTERN has announced he will retire on APRIL 10th. JOHNNY, who is 75 years old, marked his 60th year in radio last year. According to the station’s website, he received his first guitar at age 12, was singing and playing on the radio by the time he was 13 and he had his own full-time radio program on KDHL in MINNESOTA by 1949.
WESTERN was featured in several movies between 1957 and 1959 and appeared in 32 episodes of televised westerns. He toured and performed with the JOHNNY CASH SHOW from 1958 to 1997. WESTERN joined KFTI-A (then called KFDI-A) as an on-air personality in 1986. He has been inducted in the TV THEME HALL OF FAME, COUNTRY MUSIC DJ HALL OF FAME, AMERICA’s OLD TIME COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME, WESTERN MUSIC HALL OF FAME and the WESTERN MUSIC ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME.
JOURNAL COMMUNICATIONS Pres./CEO and JOURNAL BROADCAST GROUP Pres./Chairman STEVE SMITH said: “On behalf of all of the employees of JOURNAL COMMUNICATIONS and JOURNAL BROADCAST GROUP, we say thank you to JOHNNY WESTERN for an inspirational career in Country music and Country radio. We have been the beneficiaries of his dedication to the industry. We thank him for his great work and wish him a wonderful retirement.”
WESTERN added: “I’m going to miss it tremendously. These last 21 years with KFTI, 11 of them with JOURNAL BROADCAST GROUP, have been an absolute joy. I’ve had the pleasure of working with the greatest people in radio. That goes from the air staff to the sales staff to ERIC MCCART and (PD) BEVERLEE BRANNIGAN, who are absolute jewels.”
JOHNNY and his wife plan to move to ARIZONA to be closer to family. He will begin touring again in JUNE, beginning with a stop at the MEMPHIS FILM FESTIVAL. Click here to read more about his career.
Back at KFTI-A, swing personality HAROLD WIDUP will take over the midday shift beginning MONDAY (4/12).