Career Achievement Inductee

Kelly McCoy


Kelly McCoy was born in Perry, but grew up in Hartwell and started his radio career while he was in high school. He worked at WKLY, leaving band practice early to do his afternoon shift. In 1971, while attending the University of Georgia, Kelly worked at WDOL FM in Athens. In 1973 he returned to Hartwell and WKLY. In 1976, McCoy returned to Athens, this time as music director and afternoon drive jock at WRFC. WQXI offered Kelly a job in 1978. He stayed there until 1984. In January or 1985, Kelly moved to WSB FM to do afternoons. He was there for 27 years. Kelly was also assistant program director and music director. In Kelly’s own words” “Spending 34 years in the same market, allowed me to be a part of so many things: the opening of everything from businesses to the Ramblin' Raft Race, to landmarks like the world's busiest airport (where I was the “first voice” on the trains) and countless charities.” He retired in 2012, is an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society.

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