Huntsville radio star John Malone leaving town

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - He's been on Huntsville area radio stations for 33 years. He's even done weather for three Huntsville TV stations. John Malone is a guy who has known success everywhere he's ever worked.

"I was blessed to be able to have some people believe in me, and give me opportunities, and at an early age," says Malone.

He actually got his first radio job while he was still in high school in Fayetteville, Tenn.  Now, at the age of 53, John is heading to Tuscaloosa for a big promotion. "In my line of work there are very few opportunities to be able to do what I'm about to do. Being a Market President company for I Heart Media is a big deal," said John.

Co-worker Abby Kay has been with John at Huntsville's Mix 96.9 for the past 14 years.  She also worked with John at another one of his radio stops.  "I think just how talented he is, and how he always has his thinking cap on, and he's always coming up with great ideas, and he's such an awesome leader," said Abby.

John's replacement as General Manager at Mix 96.9, Nate Adams, has also worked with John for the past 14 years. He says it's cliché, but John Malone really is the nicest guy you'll ever meet.  Nate also says, "John tells you the same stories over and over, and if you ever get in the car with him, he'll start to tell you a story, and you'll have to stop him, and say John... you told me this one last week."  Nate can't help laughing after that story.

Left to right: Abby Kay, John Malone, Missy Ming Smith, Dion Hose and Steve Johnson.
Left to right: Abby Kay, John Malone, Missy Ming Smith, Dion Hose and Steve Johnson.

There were plenty of laughing guests at the radio station Thursday.  Old television colleagues like Missy Ming Smith and Bob Baron dropped by to say goodbye to John.  We asked him  what he'd like all the people who've listened to him over the years to think about when they remember John Malone on their radio.

"I would like to think they would view me as someone who has been there for them, been through the good times and the bad times, a reliable companion, someone who played their favorite songs and made them smile and laugh sometimes," said Malone.  "I'd like them to think that John Malone was there, he cared, he helped us get through this, and if that... if I'm just remembered for that... that is all the reward in the world that I could possibly ask for," said John Malone.

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