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When Ed Chandler speaks, you want to listen. His smooth voice draws you into the story he’s telling as much as the anecdote itself. You can hear that voice from 6 to 10 each weekday morning on KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune.
The longtime on-air personality brings a background destined for the hall of fame. In fact, he earned a nomination to the Country Music On-Air Personality Hall of Fame last year.
“For a radio personality, it’s a big deal,” he says. “People like Ralph Emery and Bill Mack, just legendary people in country music radio, have been inducted into the hall of fame. It is a tremendous honor to be nominated among all those other great (on-air personalities).”
Life among the legends
There’s no denying Chandler’s influence on country music. If you’ve ever heard the duet “Good Hearted Woman” sung by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, you can thank Chandler for that. The two singers recorded the piece separately, but Chandler took both versions of the songs and mixed them together to create a duet. RCA officials heard the mix and got Jennings and Nelson to record it together. The single soared to the top of the charts and still gets frequent play.
Chandler spent many years in major markets developing his skills and style. His latest role before coming to KBEY was at Kerrville’s The Ranch 92.3 FM. When KBEY officials asked the veteran broadcaster to bring his talents to the Highland Lakes, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity, for both professional and personal reasons.
“I’ve been coming up to this area for years,” Chandler says. “I absolutely love the Hill Country, but when you have the lakes with it, it’s the best place in the world to live.”
He also looks at KBEY as an exciting new challenge, where both old and new media are mixing to increase community outreach at a radio station that has been growing stronger in recent years.
“We’re going to focus on local, local, local,” Chandler says. “We’re going to make this station’s reach into the community better than it has ever been.”
Tune in to KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune, and you’ll see what he means.
Kay Baker worked 11 years as a KBEY radio personality before leaving the Highland Lakes for Colorado in 2006. It was only a temporary loss.
“We lived there during the worst winter they’d had in 20 years,” Baker remembers of her time in the Centennial State. “As soon as the roads cleared, we moved right back to the Highland Lakes.”
When Victory Publishing and The Picayune bought the station in early 2013, Baker came back to radio. Early birds can catch her on “The Wake Up Call” with Ed Chandler from 6 to 10 a.m. weekdays. She also cooks up the country music on “KBEY Kafé” during the noon hour Monday-Friday.
Baker’s no alien to broadcast radio
Baker got her start as an on-air personality in Roswell, N.M., right after completing broadcast school. She says she never saw any aliens in the area, despite its fame as the reported site of a UFO crash in 1947.
“Apparently, I did see an alien corpse at the Roswell museum,” she says with her classic hearty laugh.
From Roswell, she moved with her husband and son to Pampa, Texas, where she quickly became a fan of country music. The Roswell station played classic rock, but, in Pampa, the only station in town was 100 percent pure country.
“I fell in love with country music there,” she says.
Looking back on her childhood, Baker seemed to be destined for the airwaves, no matter the format.
“When I was 8 years old, my friends and I would actually act out radio commercials,” she says. “Who knew it would be my career?”
She and her family moved to the Highland Lakes in 1997 when she joined KBEY, which, then, was located in Horseshoe Bay. In 2006, she quit radio, she thought for good. Then, she started missing her moments with the mic.
“What I missed most was the regular interaction with listeners,” she says. “I have so much fun talking with listeners every day. It’s a great time.”
Now that KBEY, The Picayune and DailyTrib.com have joined forces, Baker is twice as excited to be back in the business.
“It’s a great move, not just for the station but the community as well,” she says. “The Picayune has always been about the community. Now, the radio station is going to go that direction as well. I’m proud to be a part of it.”