Debbi Calton, midday talent at Beasley Media Group classic rock WMGK Philadelphia (102.9), announces her retirement, effective December 6. Calton, who has been a mainstay in the daypart on ‘MGK for 26 years, has been in the Philadelphia market for 36 years.
“I have been so fortunate to work in Philadelphia, with such amazing fans, over the past 36 years,” Calton said in a release. “I am also grateful for having the best shift ever (9am-2pm) at WMGK. As a result, I was able to drop my son off at school and pick him up afterwards. He's now 27. This has been an amazing ride.”
Calton, who recalled her career in an exclusive Inside Radio Q&A in August 2018, almost never made it past her first job in radio. “At the start of my career in Charlotte, NC, I ended up with an EEOC lawsuit at my first radio station because of gender discrimination,” she told Inside Radio. “I had been doing mornings and was Program Director and Music Director and pretty much everything in between. The station owner hired a guy and paid him double what I was getting. I ended up quitting over the inequality. I was also told I would never work in the industry again. That was back in 1978.”
WMGK plans to honor Calton throughout November playing back some of her early airchecks, classic interviews and event coverage, “while also posting as many embarrassing photos as she will allow,” the release read.
Calton’s future plans are not yet set in stone. “My husband is a touring musician, so I'll hitch along for a few shows, without worry of using up vacation time. I’ll also likely continue work with American Public Television and maybe do some community radio. I’m looking forward to not hitting the snooze button on the alarm. It’s a big transition. I want to thank my WMGK co-workers and the Philadelphia radio audience for embracing me as they have all these years.”
Calton’s husband Chip Roberts, along with Tommy Stinson, make up the group Cowboys in the Campfire. The duo played at Calton’s 25th anniversary celebration last year.
WMGK plans a nationwide search for Calton’s replacement.