Famous Broadcasting Couple Help Host Local Halloween Show

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — A famous married couple best known for their radio show in Chicago have returned to Bay County, helping host a special Halloween radio show here.

Steve King and his wife Johnnie Putman, who have been broadcasters for WGN radio in Chicago since 1984, were in town for a Halloween show held at Gulf Coast State College’s WKGC-FM.

The night’s show included Halloween stories, live performances from local artists, and more. With a combined 99 years of experience in the radio business, they said doing the job together has its benefits and recommend couples give it a try.

“You can’t be mad at the person you’re going to have to talk to for five or six hours, so this is a great way to smooth things over,” Johnnie Putman said.

“Every family needs a microphone so they can say ‘Oops, we have to look good,'” added Steve King.

“Salt and pepper shakers should be microphones for you to sit down and talk to each other,” Putman noted.

The couple who have visited the Bay County area together since the early 80s live here part-time. When they are back in Chicago, however, they said they still do their best to highlight the devastation of Hurricane Michael.

“We love this place, literally we spend half our year here and one of the things we try to do when we’re back in Chicago is to make people aware of what still needs to be done here after the ‘Hurricane Michael,’ King said. .

“I don’t want them to be forgotten here, so that’s our role when we get back to Chicago,” Putman explained.

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