Chuck DuCoty will retire from his role as Chief Operating Officer of radio broadcast company NRG Media after the first of the year.
But, he won’t disappear from NRG: company CEO Mary Quass says that he will continue to work with NRG on special projects in the future.
DuCoty began his radio career in his hometown of Coshocton, Ohio, in 1965 and included stops in Wheeling, VA, Latrobe, PA, Richmond, VA, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Chicago and for the last 12+ years as Chief Operating Officer of NRG Media, based in Cedar Rapids, IA.
Beginning on-air, DuCoty worked his way through the programming ranks, eventually becoming Station Manager at WIYY-FM “98 Rock” in Baltimore.
In August 1991 he was named VP/General Manager of WISN-AM and WLTQ-FM in Milwaukee. In 2001 he became General Manager of WKQX “Q-101” in Chicago.
DuCoty reunited with Quass and joined NRG Media as Chief Operating Officer in October 2005.
He said, “I have been blessed with a career in an industry I have loved and have had the opportunity to work with some amazingly talented people. It has been said if you truly love what you do for a living, you will never work a day in your life, which has certainly been true for me. At the beginning of my broadcasting journey, if I had been asked to write down what I hoped I would be able to experience and what my life would look like I would have massively shortchanged myself. I leave the industry and NRG Media with mixed emotions but after 53 years, it is time for the next chapter in my life and for enjoying time with my family and friends. And I’m living proof that occasionally some of us do get out alive.”
“Chuck leaves a pair of very big shoes to fill with his retirement, not just for the NRG Media team but for the industry as well,” said Quass. “Chuck’s love and dedication to the radio industry is legendary and his impact, equally impressive. Having worked with Chuck for many years I have come to admire and respect the positive impact he has had on so many over the years. He is a great partner and an even better friend. I wish him much happiness and know that we are all better for having known him! I can only hope to leave a legacy half as meaningful to this industry as he has. Thank you Chuck!”