The world of radio lost a beloved icon when James Moby Carney, the former radio host for Kick 101.5, passed away at the age of 69. His battle with stage 4 liver cancer had been a long and challenging one, but his impact on the airwaves and in the hearts of his listeners will forever endure.
The radio station Grego On-Air paid heartfelt tribute to James Moby Carney on Facebook, describing him as a man who not only loved the people around him but also contributed immensely to his community through his broadcasting skills. He was more than a radio host; he was a husband, a father, and a grandfather. The post expressed the deep bond and respect they shared with Moby, referring to him as a “buddy” and even a “little brother.” It poignantly conveyed the sense of loss while acknowledging that his pain had come to an end. “Rest peacefully, my friend,” it concluded.
In another touching Facebook post, James’s friend Gene shared a heartfelt memory. He revealed that he had visited James at the hospital, and tragically, James passed away just two minutes before Gene reached his residence. The post reflected the genuine affection and camaraderie that Moby had cultivated over his lifetime. It encapsulated the sentiments of countless individuals who were touched by his presence and work. “Prayers for the Family” echoed the collective sorrow.
Details about James Moby Carney’s funeral are expected to be announced soon, providing an opportunity for his loved ones and fans to bid their final farewell to the radio legend.
James had been battling stage 4 liver cancer for an extended period, and his recent hospitalization was a testament to his resilience and determination. In an interview with reporter Rodney Ho, James revealed the pain and lesions in his esophagus, providing insight into the difficulties he faced. However, his son, Jonah, spoke of his father’s remarkable strength in confronting the situation. Despite the immense challenges, James approached it with a sense of humor and an unmatched positivity.
James’s friend and fellow radio personality, Steve Mitchell, shared that James was being transferred to rehabilitation at the time. His wife held hope that he would soon regain the ability to “get up and walk around,” a testament to the indomitable spirit of James Moby Carney.
Liver cancer, which James battled, originates in the liver cells and presents various symptoms, including weight loss, upper abdominal pain, and weakness. It is associated with multiple risk factors, including cirrhosis, diabetes, aflatoxin exposure, and excessive alcohol consumption. The importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including moderation in alcohol consumption and weight management, is emphasized in preventing liver cancer.
James Moby Carney’s journey in radio began at a young age. Enrolling at Belmont University, he chose to pursue a career in radio and started working at WDSV-AM, playing gospel music on Sunday mornings. His early earnings were modest, at just $1.60 per hour, a reflection of his dedication and passion for the industry, even at the age of 15.
Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, James served as a morning host and became a familiar voice on the airwaves. His tenure at Kicks 101.5 from 1991 to 2012 solidified his status as a beloved radio personality. Before that, he had made significant contributions to radio stations in Nashville, Dallas, Houston, and Tampa. His impact on the world of radio was undeniable, leaving a lasting legacy in the hearts of listeners and colleagues alike.
James Moby Carney’s survivors include his wife, Mary Beth, as well as his two children, Jonah and Grace. While detailed information about his early life is yet to be disclosed, what remains undeniable is the profound impact he had on the world of radio and the lives of those he touched. His memory will continue to resonate in the hearts of many, a testament to his enduring legacy in the realm of broadcasting.