AFTER 46 YEARS, A LOCAL LEGEND IN MORNING RADIO IS HANGING UP THE HEADPHONES.
Amy Chiles, who is a 1971 Waynesfield-Goshen High School graduate and a graduate of the Career Academy of Broadcasting in Columbus, began her career at WKTN in 1971 after applying for a night shift.
After working a short time as an afternoon host, Amy became the morning show host and during the course of 43 years has earned the tile, “Amy In The Morning,” as many people in the region started their day with her.
Keith Gensheimer, former President and General Manager of WKTN issued this statement on Amy's retirement, "I was very fortunate to have someone so dedicated as part of my team for the almost 40 years that I operated WKTN. Susan and I wish her the best during the next chapter in her life."
Home Town Media Chief Board Officer Sherri Haushalter commented, "Amy, Congratulations on your retirement! I believe almost 50 years on air establishes you as an institution. Your legacy is going to leave some big shoes to fill, best Wishes in your new adventures."
Current Home Town Media General Manager Shannon Barnes had this to say, "Amy’s career is nothing short of spectacular. To be on air for almost 50 years is an amazing accomplishment, and to be on the same station for all of them is simply outstanding. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Amy this last year and WKTN is not going to be the same when the voice of Amy Chiles is no longer our wake-up call, but I wish Amy nothing but great happiness in her much-deserved retirement."
WKTN Station Manager Chad Spencer added, "I have been fortunate to not only grow up listening to, but to work with Amy Chiles. I applaud her success and tenure of over 46 years in the radio industry, with those being at WKTN. What an amazing accomplishment for anyone in this industry, as most only wish for 20 years. Thank You Amy for your dedication to the community and WKTN. While we will miss you being our morning voice, I wish you the best in retirement."
An open house is planned at WKTN studios on Thursday March 29th from 10am-2pm to celebrate and send best wishes to Amy Chiles. Cards and letters may be sent to WKTN 112 North Detroit St. Kenton, Ohio 43326.
Individuals or businesses wanting to wish Amy a happy retirement may contact Station Manager Chad Spencer by calling 419-675-2355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.