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.”