Country DJ Dodge signing off and moving on

Mackenzie Dodge, left, grins as she talks with a well-wisher during a barbecue lunch at Eagle Rim Park in her honor last weekend. Dodge, a popular local radio personality, retired July 31 from the country radio station KEKB.

When fellow disc jockeys announced on the air that Mackenzie Dodge was being fired from KEKB 99.9 FM, her fans went ballistic.

The April Fool’s Day joke backfired as dozens of listeners called in to protest the station letting go their favorite DJ.

One man called in to say Mackenzie just couldn’t be canned because she had picked his child up off the pavement and kissed his boo-boo while at Lincoln Park a few years back.

“It got pretty crazy,” Dodge said. “You never know how you’ll affect people.”

Yet now after more than a decade of spinning tunes for the station, Dodge is hanging up the headphones and striking out on her own.

Over the years, Dodge, 37, has endeared herself to the community by promoting fundraisers, hosting events and keeping a lively social media presence. Her personal Facebook page lists nearly 5,000 friends. Dodge worked the 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. shift, waking up country music listeners, some of whom streamed the music live from all over the globe.

It’s hardly the last we’ll see of the spunky DJ. Dodge opted to quit to spend more time with her 3-year-old son, work a bit for her church, Orchard Mesa Baptist, and take on some promotional gigs.

“I really felt like God was telling me to work for him instead of corporate America,” Dodge said. “Now I’ll be able to help on a bigger level.”

Dodge, who is roughly casting herself as Mackenzie Dodge Solutions, will be building Facebook pages and endorsing current businesses on her Facebook page. She’ll be selling sponsorships for the Rocky Mountain Women’s Expo, Her Bridal Magazine and Melaleuca. She’s been asked to announce some games for Colorado Mesa University and will work to promote the Gateway Volunteer Fire Department’s Dynamite Shoot. Those are just a few of the opportunities that have come her way so far after her last day at the radio station last week.

“I’m excited to be able to do big things for people,” she said.

While working at the station, Dodge put in eight hours a day, then a few more at home each night. Weekends also were filled with radio promotions and events. She expected to work 14-hour days while at Country Jam.

Dodge said she considered making a change earlier, but felt like she would disappoint her listeners and she wanted to continue one more year with the Grant-A-Wish program that she helped create. The program collected money from listeners and offered scholarships to children to participate in programs through the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation department.

“Now I can do more with my kid,” she said. “It’s nice to be able to take the time and not have to rush out all the time.”


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