DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR
MARBLE FALLS — After completing broadcasting school, Kay Baker headed for the one place she knew she would fit in: Roswell, N.M., famed for being the site of an alien spacecraft crash in 1947.
She laughed when asked about the town where she had her first radio job.
“Yeah, but I got here as quick as I could,” Baker said with her trademark grin.
Baker joined the KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune family last week. But it’s actually a homecoming of sorts. The perpetually happy Baker served as a KBEY host starting in 1997 after arriving in the Highland Lakes from Roswell.
She left radio in 2006, but it was only temporary.
“I really missed radio,” Baker said. “This is my passion. I love being a part of listeners’ lives.”
Looking back on her childhood, Baker said she seemed destined for the airwaves.
“When I was 8 years old, my friends and I would actually act out radio commercials,” she said. “Who knew it would be my career? But it’s a wonderful one.”
During her hiatus from radio, Baker missed the regular interaction with listeners.
“I have so much fun talking with listeners every day,” she said. “It’s a great time.”
Baker will help Ed Chandler with the morning show 6-10 a.m. but host the mid-day show 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each weekday. She’ll also cook up things for the KBEY Cafe at noon.
“It’s an all-request show as well as shoutouts and dedications,” Baker said.
People can email those requests, dedications and shoutouts to Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org or put them on the KBEY Facebook page.
With KBEY and The Picayune joining forces, Baker said it’s a great move for not just the company, but the community.
“The Picayune has always been about the community. Now, the radio station is going to go that direction as well,” she said. “And, I’m proud to be a part of it.”
And she doesn’t have to worry about space aliens abducting her.