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IT’S OFFICIAL – this month, April, marks my 40th Anniversary at Country Legends 106.9.

In 1976 I was a “Senior” at Kansas State University set to graduate in May with a BA in Broadcast Journalism.  In those days the station was simply known by its Call Letters- KTPK-FM.

Pat Christine, the Program Director hired me to work weekends. All DJ’s at that time were required to have an FCC “DJ” license, which I had as part of a class at school. That, I believe, is what truly cinched my employment.  My ultimate goal was to be commercial copywriter – which is part of my job now, but I was originally hired at KTPK-FM as a weekend News/Weather Announcer. In the last 40 years I’ve been a DJ in all the “Dayparts/Time Slots.” Along the way I also took on Promotions was “Program Director” for 13 years. My “Glory Days” in my Broadcasting Career may have been when I was half of “Marlena and Lynn in the Morning” from 1984-1995.  Lynn Higbee was my mentor. He was the GM at WREN Radio Topeka Station before he semi-retired and joined our staff at KTPK-FM.  He passed away of a heart attack suddenly in September of 1995 at age 63. It was the end of an amazing Era for me personally and professionally.

Lynn Higbee
Lynn Higbee

I live in Topeka in the Highland Park area, not far from where I grew up. (My Mom Evelyn was a “Highland Park Girl.”)  My “Pet Kids” are a Borzoi named Czar and two felines- Goldie and Pan.  I’m a Helping Hands Humane Society volunteer and will Emcee  the 20th Annual Paws in the Park event at Topeka West High School. My plans for later this year include a tour of “Merry Old England” (my birthplace) with local fans of the KTWU/PBS Downtown Abbey TV Show. We’ll visit the castles and villages where they filmed the popular Sunday Night Masterpiece TV Series. I have a history of cruising too- Alaska in 2011, Ireland in 2012, New England/Canada 2013, Western Caribbean 2014 and the Southern Caribbean March 2015.

Thank you for listening to my beloved radio station of forty years – Country Legends 106.9.

Marlena Adkison

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