After 50-years of working with radio stations in the TriCities area of Tennessee, Hagy is not quite ready to leave the building entirely.
“I am going to remain as program consultant,” he told
tricities.com, “and will probably be in the building once a week. It will be essentially the same.
Joe Galante, the former chairman of Sony Music Nashville, says Hagy "cared about the artists. He cared about the music. He cared about country music.”
“I grew up in the ’60s with The Beatles,” Hagy said. “I’m a converted, old rock ‘n’roll guy.” Still, he knew the business of both rock and country, he said, and “everything in between.”
Kenny Chesney considers Hagy a kingpin in his career.
“Our relationship really grew over the years,” Chesney said during a recent telephone interview. “Bill Hagy was one of those guys who helped lay the foundation for what we’ve been able to do. You just can’t put a price tag on that kind of endorsement. Bill was very instrumental.”
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