By Maureen Kyle
(NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 2nd, 2005) -- The most popular Disc Jockey in the history of Louisville radio is now a Hall-Of-Famer. Coyote Calhoun was inducted into the Country Music DJ and Radio Hall of Fame in Nashville Tuesday night. Our Maureen Kyle was there when he accepted one of broadcasting's highest honors.
Coyote Calhoun is the only member to be unanimously voted in by the board, and this is his first year of eligibility.
In front of Country Music's biggest stars, including Dolly Parton and Montgomery Gentry, Coyote accepted his induction. During his speech, he thanked the man who launched his career: his father.
Coyote says his dad, who was in the radio business for 55 years, was the first one to hire him -- and the first one to fire him. "There's one person I'd like to thank who can't be here tonight, and that's my dad, who passed away last May. He was in radio for 55 years. He was the first guy to hire me and the first guy to blow me out."
And even though Coyote says he deserved to be fired, the Country Music industry thinks he deserves to be named a Country Music legend. Coyote says receiving the award "was the biggest night of my professional career."
Coyote began his career as a top 40 D-J, but made the switch to Country music 25 years ago. He's the afternoon drive personality on Louisville's WAMZ, and is also the station's Program Director.
His list of accomplishments is lengthy, but Coyote says his induction into the Hall of Fame is his crowning jewel.
Coyote says it's nice to have so many accolades bestowed upon him for just doing his job and having fun. "What a great life!"
Coyote told us he's looking forward to getting back to work. You can hear him on WAMZ every afternoon from 2 until 6.
Online Reporter: Maureen Kyle