Longtime local radio broadcaster Steve McCoy has gone to Washington.
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Now producing a podcast for the Parkinson’s Action Network , for which he now serves as assistant state director, McCoy and some of his colleagues from the group have been in D.C. meeting with Congressional leaders in hopes of stoking research support. McCoy revealed in October that he has Parkinson’s.
While on the Hill his group met with Georgia’s senators, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, a fellow Parkinson’s patient, and U.S. Sen. David Perdue. Walking into the meeting, he chanced upon an old friend.
“As we walked into the building and rode the elevator to the first floor I ran into Sen. John McCain,” McCoy said. “He had come on our show when he was running for president with Vikki and myself. I thanked him for his service to our country.”
McCoy and Vikki Locke, inducted together into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in 2009, helmed Star 94’s morning show for about two decades. The rebranded station has since gone through a number of personnel changes, including the new team behind the mic starting today.
McCoy had more recently been helming the morning show at News Radio 106.7 when he was suspended, then let go in October after revealing he aired an old interview with presidential candidate Donald Trump and presented it as if it had just happened. Last week he said doctors had recently made changes to his medications and that his previous regimen may have affected his judgment.
During a podcast with his Star chums Locke and Tom Sullivan, the trio discussed the timing of everything that happened last fall. McCoy had hidden his diagnosis from all but close friends and was dealing with the stress of possibly going public when a Trump interview fell through and he felt pressured to gin something up.
Tom and Vikki both noted that an early morning radio shift isn’t great for anyone’s health, much less someone with Parkinson’s.
“It’s a blessing that you’re not having to get up at 1 in the morning or 2 in the morning,” Tom said. “You can sleep in. Your health is more important.”
McCoy is heading home from Washington after an enjoyable few days where he passed out baseballs signed by his buddy, Hall of Famer Tom Glavine to his high-profile contacts, but now faces another challenge: repacking his suitcase without the help of his wife, Linda.
“I don’t know how she fit everything in here!” he lamented.