Randy Walters, Eastern Kentucky radio personality, dies at age 63

Herald-Leader Staff ReportApril 23, 2014 

Randy Walters, left, with Ricky Scaggs in 1983.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY FARON SPARKMAN

Randy Walters of Busy, known for his radio programs at Eastern Kentucky stations in the 1980s, died Monday. He was 63.

Walters was known for the characters he created on the air, including Cowboy Jim, the Maharishi, and traffic reporter Jose Kissinger, according to Faron Sparkman, general manager of WSGS in Hazard, one of the stations where Walters once worked.

"Although Randy left the station in 1989, we still get phone calls asking for tapes of his wacky Cowboy Jim character," Sparkman wrote in an email.

Additionally, Walters interviewed big names in country and bluegrass music, including George Jones, Bill Monroe, Glen Campbell and Keith Whitley, Sparkman wrote.

He was a member of the Big Creek Baptist Church and was co-owner and operator of Perry County News for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Ann Walters; a daughter, Shannon Melissa Walters Arnett; and a son, Jason Randolph Walters of Busy.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Maggard's Mountain View Chapel in Hazard. In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations to his funeral account.

Read Walters' obituary on the Maggard's website.

Read WKYT's story about Walters.

Hear excerpts from Walters' radio shows.

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