Luke McCoy

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Luke McCoy
Born December 6, 1939
Died January 16, 2016 (Lung Cancer)
Occupation Radio talk show host
Spouse Mary Janice Eason (div. 2001)
Katherine Ann Felton-McCoy
Parents Marvin Curtis & Juanita Marjorie Eason

Luke McCoy is the moniker of Luther Ralton Eason (b. 1939), a talk show host for the WCOA radio station. He hosted the "Pensacola Speaks" call-in show as well as the morning news program with Don Parker. He is married to Katherine Ann Felton-McCoy, an account executive with Cumulus Broadcasting, WCOA's parent company.

McCoy served in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and with the Marine Corps in Vietnam, where he was wounded in action.[1] He and callers frequently exchange the Marines greeting, "Semper Fi."

Known for his outspoken conservative views, McCoy described himself as "the common man's intellectual." In 2006, he founded the organization WASPO in opposition to illegal immigration. He strongly opposed the Community Maritime Park project. He has also urged his listeners to use the phrase "Merry Christmas with extra Jesus" during the holiday season, as a reaction to the so-called "War on Christmas".

On May 18, 2007 McCoy stepped down as host of the "Pensacola Speaks" program. He offered no explanation for his departure except to say, "I've made some powerful enemies and I thought it best for the station and all concerned that I step aside."[2] He returned (again without explanation) when the show resumed on June 11.

In late 2008 he said he wanted to retire from radio, effective December 19. After his retirement, he relocated to South Carolina. Died from lung cancer January 16, 2016.

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  1. WCOA Air Personalities
  2. "Luke McCoy signing off." Pensacola News Journal, May 18, 2007.