Barney Cannon

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Floyd Keith "Barney" Cannon​

(Radio personality, an authority on the history of Country music)


Born October 9, 1955​
New Boston, Bowie County, Texas, USA​
Died April 19, 2009 (aged 53)
Jefferson, Marion County, Texas​

Resting place:
Red Bayou Cemetery in New Boston, Texas​

Spouse Kaye Meeks Cannon (married until his death)​

Children:
Twins Kimberly and Kyle Cannon
Parents:
Floyd H. and Jean Campbell Cannon​

Religion Southern Baptist

Floyd Keith Cannon, known as Barney Cannon (October 9, 1955 – April 19, 2009), was an American radio personality, a disc jockey on KWKH (AM) in Shreveport, Louisiana. who was considered an authority on Country music. When asked to name his favorite country singer, Cannon told his listeners that he liked all of the performers. He often gave tough country music trivia quizzes for his listeners.[1]

Cannon was born to Floyd H. Cannon (1922-1989 and the former Jean Campbell in New Boston in Bowie County in far northeastern Texas. He resided in Jefferson in Marion County. Texas. At the time of death, Cannon served on the city council of Jefferson.[2]​ ​ Cannon launched his radio career in 1972 at the age of seventeen as a part-time announcer in Clarksville in Red River County, Texas. He also worked in his hometown of New Boston and landed his first programming job at KCMC in Texarkana, Texas. He then relocated for a time to Glasgow in southern Kentucky, to work at WCDS. Afterwards, he was a deejay in Wichita Falls, Texas, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[3]​ ​ His last position was at KWKH, where he had worked since 1985.[4] Cannon previously hosted the weekend edition of the Interstate Road Show, but for his last six years, he served as program director and morning show deejay. He acquired thousands of loyal listeners over the years.

A former colleague, broadcaster Raymond Franklin "Frank" Page (1925-2013),[5] who was the first person to announce the entry of Elvis Presley at the former Louisiana Hayride entertainment program, told The Shreveport Times: "I've lost a great friend, but country music has lost an even greater friend. ... He had a passion for country music, and he knew more about the Louisiana Hayride than even I did."[3] KWKH was the home of the Louisiana Hayride, staged at the downtown Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium.​

An Eagle Scout in New Boston, Cannon developed a lifelong interest in camping.​ He had a history of cardiovascular disease and died suddenly at his home in Jefferson, Texas. In addition to his mother, he was survived by his wife, Kaye, twins Kimberly and Kyle, who at the time of his father's death was a soldier with the United States Army stationed at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and his maternal grandmother, Irene Campbell of New Boston. His maternal grandfather was the late Jesse W. Campbell. Services were held on April 22 at First Baptist Church in Jefferson. Interment was at Red Bayou Cemetery in New Boston.[6]

Cannon ended his radio show: "May God be with you and you be with God. And you're never fully dressed unless you're wearing a big ol' smile."[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ed Walsh. "Deejay Barney Cannon dies," KTBS-TV (ABC in Shreveport), accessed May 9, 2009; no longer available on-line.
  2. Obituary of Barney Cannon. The Shreveport Times (April 20, 2009). Retrieved on January 2, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 John Andrew Prime, "Country radio's Barney Cannon dies," The Shreveport Times, accessed May 9, 2009; material no longer on-line.
  4. "Longtime Shreveport radio announcer Barney Cannon dies," KSLA-TV (CBS) in Shreveport), April 20, 2009; no longer accessible on-line.
  5. Frank Page Obituary. The Shreveport Times. Retrieved on January 2, 2020.
  6. "Services set for broadcaster Barney Cannon," The Shreveport Times, accessed May 9, 2009.

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