Country disc jockey retires after four decades
BELLEVUE - After 47 years in the business, A Green Bay radio legend is calling it a career.Randy Allen signed off his show on WNCY/Y-100 in Bellevue for the last time Friday.Many people recognize the voice. Randy Allen has been a country radio mainstay for decades.Friday, he shared the microphone with well-wishers."I know you're going to be doing a lot of fishing, I just want to say there's always room in my boat," said one listener.Country artists too."This is Dustin Lynch dude. Just wanted to say one heck of a run," said Dustin Lynch, Country Artist.And even his niece listening online, from California."I just wanted to say congratulations. How about that, huh? Yes, exciting for you, It is exciting," she said.Allen has been with Y-100's parent company Midwest Communications since the seventies."Yes, I was around when they actually played records," said Allen.From George Strait, to Randy Travis, Allen has met most of the country stars, but one stands out as his favorite."The guy I became closest to was Johnny Cash. I had a chance to go to his house, and actually sit down and talk to him," said Allen."Great working with you, good luck my friend," said one co-worker."Good working with you too," said Allen.Allen says his last day was bittersweet."I don't want to say goodbye to anybody. Because I still want to com regularly, have a cup of coffee with them, and see how things are going around Y-100," said Allen.Company President Duke Wright says the "Legend" will be tough to replace."Are you going to miss him? Yes, of course I'm going to miss him. My goodness. You don't work with somebody darn near 40 years and not miss them," said Duke Wright, Midwest Communications President."We'll always be a part of the same family, that will not end. People come and go, but that doesn't mean you're not part of a family anymore. I believe that.Allen says he plans to do a lot of work around the house, and some fishing too.He says he will still be working on promotions projects for the station.A new era begins next week, when another radio personality will take over the midday show on Y-100.