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KCOH leaves gaping hole in African-American community

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

The corner of Almeda and Wichita will never be the same without KCOH Radio, the preeminent voice of Houston's African-American community.

Since 1975, Michael Harris has been one of the dominant faces and voices at KCOH.  Now, the station has been sold and Harris is preparing to leave.

"It's to be expected," he said.  "I've been in one place for 37 years, but it kept going for us."

All good things must come to an end, but Harris and other legendary voices at the station will sign off a bit disappointed.

"I think the community will be in an uproar because they didn't expect this," Ralph Cooper said.

KCOH personalities are bothered no one from the African-American community bought the station for the $2-million asking price.

"When the station came for sale, if those who had the resources to keep us, if they valued us … to keep us here," Harris said.

"The painful thing is no one in our community stepped up.  I think a lot of people want to come in, but it's after the fact," Don Samuel said.

The aging station is filled with memories of its heyday, back when DJs earned platinum awards for making a song a hit on air.  KCOH's presence was heard and seen in Houston's Third Ward.

"I don't think there is any other station like this in the country," Wash Allen said.

KCOH's personalities said it will be Houstonians, not them, who suffer the biggest loss.

"We're like family to our listeners.  We've developed that over the years," Samuel said.

Up for sale for nearly a decade, the station was bought by Midland-based Guadalupe Radio.  The format will change to Christian music in February.  That means an end to shows addressing politics, sports and entertainment in the African-American community.

"You're going to be replaced," Harris said.

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