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On-air personality Wash Allen departs during transition for KCOH

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Wash Allen arrived at KCOH studios late Thursday morning to little to no fan fare, that is until he opened that microphone for the last time.

After more than 40 years on the air - on the day of his last broadcast from the Almeda Road studio - thousands of listeners knew Allen was walking away from a stellar career on radio.

Everyone knows Allen is a radio legend in Houston. With his signature call in program Confessions...the broadcasting icon handled each call calmly without ever getting emotional after 4 decades on the air.

Allen says, "really it sort of pleasurable because I've been here for a long time and I've looked at this glass window for a long time so I'm excited about it really."

Allen's departure comes just months after KCOH's dial position 1430 AM was sold to a Christian broadcasting company.

The current staff and programming will be moving to AM 1230 on March 1st. But I could not shake the sense that there was some anger towards Allen for leaving at a critical time. Co-workers said they hoped he would've remained to ensure a strong future for the new KCOH.

But on air personality Don Samuels could not convince Allen to stay on board.

Samuels says it hurts their chances of survival without that signature voice on their talent roster.

Samuels says, "no man is an island we all can be replaced. But to answer your question yes because there are a lot of people who loved Wash and they will miss him."

Michael Harris has been at KCOH just as long as Allen. He also knows just how delicate the approaching transition for the station will be. But he says there's nothing they can do to keep Allen on the team.

Harris says, "we want him to be happy it's a choice that he made he's been welcomed to stay here but he's decided he wants to move on so all you can do is be happy."

In the meantime, after dozens of calls including celebrities Allen is moving on to the next chapter in his life. He still has his TV show, his praline candy sells, and the annual Happy Feet dance...so his listens - his fans will not lose him...he just won't be on KCOH any more.

"I think exciting things are going to happen and that's where I'm going but look you'll be hearing from me because I'll be around," says Allen.

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