Once upon a time, Barry Kaye dreamed of a music career, but his manager pointed him to a Beeville radio station in 1964, leading Kaye down dual paths.
“I have a music career, but I also built this disc jockey career as well,” he said. “It’s pretty much fifty-fifty. I love them both.”
Kaye lends his voice to KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune on the afternoon show.
His journey started in South Texas. As a high school student, he formed a band and had his sights set on a music career. In 1964, during his junior year in high school, Kaye’s manager told him he had a friend who worked at a radio station in Beeville and the station needed a DJ.
Was Kaye interested? the manager asked.
Kaye decided to give it a go.
“I went from Beeville to Hollywood in seven years,” Kaye said of his DJ career.
There were a few stops in between Beeville and Hollywood, but the South Texan found himself in one of the biggest, most competitive radio markets in the industry on the West Coast, working at KHJ in Los Angeles and KGB in San Diego.
He definitely made his mark.
Along the way, Kaye kept his music career going, recording a number of records under five different major labels.
Eventually, Kaye returned to the Lone Star State, continuing both his disc jockey career and music career in Houston.
Kaye later settled in the Highland Lakes but couldn’t get radio out of his system. When the opportunity arose to lend his voice and experience to KBEY, Kaye jumped at it.
“It’s going to be fun,” the veteran radio man said.
Kaye joins Ed Chandler and Ben Shields as the main on-air personalities. You can listen to Kaye on Monday-Friday from 3-7 p.m. during your afternoon drive. Go to KBEYFM.com to stream live or tune your FM dial to 103.9.