Former Canton Station Owner Dies

Don Keyes, who made his mark as a national programmer for legendary station owner Gordon McLendon (KLIF/Dallas, etc.), died today…according to his own website.

The site says Keyes died “from medical complications following a heroic struggle”.

The local connection? Keyes left McLendon after buying WNYN/900 and WNYN-FM/106.9 in Canton in the mid-60’s. The stations are now talk/religious WCER and rocker WRQK. After he sold the two stations to separate owners, he bought another station in Tallahassee FL.

After his time in station ownership, Keyes moved to Dallas to do freelance voice work out of Dallas, and wrote a book called “Gordon McLendon and Me”.

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