James Carney Obituary – Death: “Moby In The Morning” Houston Radio Icon Died Of Liver Cancer, Cause Of Death
James Carney, a radio icon known as “Moby in the Morning,” has passed away at the age of 69 after battling stage 4 liver cancer. Moby was a beloved figure in both Atlanta and Houston, where he hosted morning shows at various times throughout his career. He earned his nickname “Moby Dick” after a close call while swimming in a lake during his youth.
Moby’s journey in the radio industry began when he was just fifteen years old at 1490 WCSV in Crossville, Tennessee. He later worked at several radio stations in Nashville, including WAMB, WKDF, and WKQB. In 1981, he took on the role of the morning presenter for “97 Rock” 96.5 KSRR in Houston, a position he held for five years. He also hosted the morning show on “97.1 The Eagle” KEGL in Dallas in 1986 before returning to Houston in 1988 to anchor the afternoon show on 101.1 KLOL.
From the early 1990s until 2002, Moby was the host of the morning show on Country “Kicks 101.5” at WKHX-FM in Atlanta. During this time, the show was syndicated by ABC Radio Networks for five years. After a brief stint on the morning shift at Atlanta’s Classic Rock “Z93” WZGC, he presented a self-syndicated show aimed at small communities in the South for twelve years until his retirement in 2016.
Moby’s contributions to the radio industry were widely recognized, and he received numerous honors. He was a member of the Country Radio Hall of Fame, the Radio Hall of Fame of Georgia, and the Radio Hall of Fame of Texas, all of which inducted him into their respective halls of fame. Billboard also awarded him the title of “Major Market Country Morning Show of the Year” on five separate occasions.