Thursday, March 24, 2016

Rochester MN Radio: Alan Reed To Exit KWWK

A well-known, legendary voice is leaving Rochester's airwaves after 40 years on local radio stations.

Alan Reed, the host of the Quick Country KWWK 96.5 FM morning show, announced Wednesday that he is wrapping up his radio career on April 29.

"It's been a fun run. Now I've finally decided what I want to do when I grow up," he joked.

At the end of April, Reed plans to focus full time on his new home inspection firm, Med City Home Inspection, as well as his popular Total Music DJ Systems mobile entertainment business, according to the Post-Bulletin.

He started in radio at 18 in 1976 at KAUS in Austin, MN. Reed went on to work at a variety of area stations, including KWEB, Laser 101.7, 102.5 The Fox, KROC AM and even a short fill-in stint on KNXR.

For the past 12 years, he has hosted on Quick Country, one of six Townsquare Media-Rochester owned stations based in the KROC building on Fourth Street Southwest.

"I want to say thanks to everyone over the years," Reed said. "The listeners have been wonderful to me. Making others happy has been so rewarding."

As much as he enjoyed his time on the air, Reed is looking forward to starting his days a little later. His current schedule is wake up around 3 a.m. and be at the radio station by 4 a.m.

"Sleeping is going to great. Maybe I'll even be able to watch a whole 'Tonight Show.' Is Johnny Carson still hosting?" he said with a laugh.

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