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Country music star McCoy launches radio career

Award-winning Barrie musician takes to the airwaves
File photo Canadian country music star Jason McCoy


KICX 106

Country music performer and local resident Jason McCoy joins KICX 106 to host live on-air shifts.

He will also continue his successful music career.

“We are thrilled to have Jason join our staff,” says KICX 106 owner Paul Larche. “Jason has been a friend of ours for many years.  Having him on air as an entertainer could not make us happier. Jason has done various radio shows across the country – and is a natural. His understanding of the music and the artists, many of whom he knows personally, will give our listeners a unique insight into the music they love.”

“I couldn’t be happier to join the KICX family. They have been great friends and supporters through the years. This will allow me to continue working closer to home with my family. I can’t wait to start entertaining and interacting with KICX listeners all over Simcoe County. It’s gonna been great,” says McCoy.Jason was born in Barrie and now lives in Minesing

with his wife Terrine and their two children. For several years, they kept a residence in Nashville. He has won many awards including the 2001 Male Vocalist of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards, three SOCAN Song of the Year awards, 19 CCMA nominations and five Juno nominations.

KICX 106 program director and morning host Jack Latimer says “Jason will delight our listeners with great local content and guaranteed laughs. He will start by joining Carey Moran and I on some morning shows. In time, he will take on more on-shifts.”

About Jason McCoy

Jason McCoy is a bona fide Canadian country music star. He has won many awards including the 2001 Male Vocalist of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards, three SOCAN Song of the Year awards, 19 CCMA nominations and five Juno nominations (all for Best Country Male Vocalist). He also won six awards at the 2004 Ontario Country Performer and Fan Association awards. In 2006, he was awarded with the Global Artist Award at the CMA Awards in Nashville.

He was born in Barrie, Ontario and was raised for a time in Camrose, Alberta before his family settled in Anten Mills, Ontario. At around the age of 5, his family moved to Camrose, Alberta, returning three years later. "The cowboy culture really stuck with me. I just fell in love with the music. For some reason, as a little kid, I had some sort of connection with these guys who were singing about these depressing things," McCoy said, citing Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash to lesser known artists like Ed Bruce and Wynn Stewart. "I just didn't have a voice for rock 'n' roll." Jason started playing guitar at age 7 and wrote his first song when he was 12.

In his teens, Jason owned a rock 'n' roll guitar and was partial to AC/DC. In the 1980s, he joined a band called Three Quarter Country, which performed at legions, Saturday night dances, and clubs in Barrie, Midland, Orillia and other small towns. Jason won a talent contest in Barrie, where he was discovered by country music writer Henry McGuirk who later became his manager and arranged for him to travel to Nashville to record an album with producer Ray Griff. He later signed with MCA Records in 1995.

On May 1, 1999, he married his longtime love, Terrine Barnes. The couple have two children.

McCoy was a member of the country-rock group The Road Hammers from 2005–2010, which also featured musicians Clayton Bellamy and Chris Byrne, and earlier, Corbett Frasz. His first album in seven years, Everything, was released on March 1, 2011.

About KICX 106

KICX 106 has been covering all of Simcoe county with country music for 20 years. With studios based in Orillia, the KICX signal reaches from Newmarket to Huntsville.  KICX 106 has won over 22 industry awards, including being named the Canadian Country Music Association’s (CCMA) Station of the year eight times. In 2016, KICX 106 morning team Jack Latimer and Carey Moran were chosen as top morning show the the CCMA. KICX 106 has also been recognized in community awards by The Southern Georgian Bay Chamber, Orillia Chamber, Oro-Medonte Chamber, Barrie Chamber and Huronia Community Foundation.

About Larche Communications Inc. 

Larche Communications Inc. (LCI) is a Canadian media company, which currently operates four radio stations and a digital agency in the province of Ontario. Based in Simcoe County, the company began in 1996. LCI’s stations include 104.1 The Dock (Simcoe County), KICX 106 (Simcoe County), 92.3 The Dock (Owen Sound) and KICX 91.7 (Sudbury).