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Midday Talent Kingbird Retires from WKRO/Daytona Beach


James ''Kingbird'' King
James ''Kingbird'' King

Midday talent James "Kingbird" King is retiring from WKRO-FM (93.1 Coast Country)/Daytona Beach, FL after more than 40 years on the air with the Country outlet, and more than 50 years in the radio business. Before joining WKRO, King served as Program Director and an air personality at crosstown Country WGNE-FM.

In a tribute posted on Facebook, the station wrote, "The King of Daytona radio is retiring! There will never be another like our beloved Kingbird, who's starting a new chapter in his life. Join us in wishing Kingbird all the best."

In a post on his Facebook page earlier this month, King wrote, "It is with mixed emotion that I have decided to retire from the rewarding and challenging world of broadcasting. Working with a broom handle for a tone arm, spending three days dangling in the air above a used car lot, taking a busload of rednecks to the Alabama June Jam, sharing a studio with cats and rats to working in the current, beautiful facility we're in today, and everything in between has made this 50+ years career in our community an honor and a joy. I have been blessed and humbled by the support of so many in our industry and the loyalty of so many devoted listeners."

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