Randy Galloway says ‘happy trails’ to radio after three decades

10/07/2013 7:00 PM

10/08/2013 1:50 PM

Randy Galloway ended his 28-year radio career — all of it in Dallas-Fort Worth — doing one of the things he’s known for: hammering the Dallas Cowboys, who gave the Galloway and Company show plenty of ammo with their 51-48 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

But there were also some words of farewell during Monday’s show, which aired from 3 to 6 p.m. on KESN/103.3 FM ESPN Radio.

“It’s the last GAC,” Galloway said, pronouncing GAC “gack” as always. “GAC ain’t comin’ back.”

On Tuesday, Cumulus Media Co. will take over management of KESN through a local management agreement with ESPN, which will continue to own the station.

Galloway, who began his radio career with WBAP/820 AM in 1985 and moved to ESPN Radio in 2003, had originally intended to stay through Dec. 22 under Cumulus.

But when his lawyer informed him that he could retire early and still get paid till the end of the year if he stayed with ESPN when the takeover occurred, Galloway moved the retirement date up.

“I’m leaving with this golden parachute attached to my butt,” Galloway said, then added that several staffers — including program director Tom Lee (who got word Monday morning that his 93-year-old father had died), on-air personality Landry Locker and SportsCenter anchor Kelly Webster, aka Miss Kelly — would lose their jobs in the changeover.

“So there’s no celebrating that golden parachute,” Galloway added.

The “Company” part of Galloway and Company — Matt Mosley, Glenn “Stretch” Smith and producer Mark “Friedo” Friedman — will continue on, with a replacement for Galloway to be named later.

Mosley read a letter that was both affectionate and tongue-in-cheek: “We feel honored to have been called idiots by you,” it read in part. “You, sir, are the reason that ESPN now has a policy that you can’t call a local team ‘gutless pigs.’ You harassed us, you protected us, you rooted for us.”

During the last quarter-hour of the show, Hank Snow’s I’m Moving On played.

“Moving on is easy,” Galloway said. “Saying goodbye is easy. But that’s because the memories and friendship have been so dang good after 28 years.”

Galloway also writes a column for the Star-Telegram.

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