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Gene McKay

Gene (Eugene Klemick) was a Chicago native who worked afternoons on WSUN and mornings on WDAE in the early and mid 1960’s.

He went on from Tampa Bay to Columbia, SC’s AM-560 WIS in 1966. A decade later, he and fellow radio vets Dave Wright, Bill Benton and Dennis Waldrop purchased Columbia’s news/talk 100.1 WSCQ-FM and changed its format to adult contemporary, at which time he joined with co-hosts Wright and Benton to wake up the Midlands with “Good Morning Columbia.” The group sold the station in 1997, and Gene continued his early morning radio show at WISW-AM with Benton and new co-host Doug Enlow.

On March 12, 2007, Gene took time off from work to enter the hospital for back surgery. On March 29, two days after the operation, he suffered a fatal heart attack and passed away at the age of 73. In addition to his radio work during his more than 40-year run in the market, he was also the announcer for University of South Carolina Gamecocks football and basketball.

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