96KX is in the market for a new morning co-host.
Mick "The Sidekick" Kovar left the country station to write jingles for a new music production company in Lincoln. His last day was Dec. 10.
96KX (KZKX 96.1 FM) is one of six Lincoln stations owned and operated by Lincoln-based Three Eagles Communications.
"Nobody made me mad," said Kovar, who worked off and on at the station for 15 years, including the last 10 or so on the morning show. "It was just one of those things. I know it's unusual in radio to just leave on your own."
But this was an opportunity that was too good to pass up, he said. He and local pianist Jim Williamson, the president of the Lincoln Musicians Association, have opened Jimmick Studios in the Terminal Building in downtown Lincoln.
"I wasn't wanting to get out of radio, but this is better financially for me. I have two kids in college now. I need more of a paycheck at the end of the month."
96KX program director Hoss Michaels currently is co-hosting mornings with Carol Turner. He'll continue to do so until somebody else comes on board, if that's what's in store. Three Eagles hasn't posted the job on its website yet.
The country station had a new morning personality -- somebody called "The Wolf" -- for about two weeks a couple of months ago, but he disappeared quickly. Three Eagles employees received a memo without explanation from management, saying "The Wolf" was no longer with the company.
Kovar's new gig isn't anything new for him. He guesses he's written 1,500 jingles over the years, producing music in 27 different states.
"It's definitely a good move," he said. "I'm excited about it. I know what I'm doing."
He's not leaving 96KX behind completely . He still listens, and he said he's open to filling in if needed.
"I was talking to somebody on Facebook," he said. "I told them it felt like I was on vacation. After a few days, I wanted to go back to work. It's weird to walk away from it because I had done it for so long."