Longtime Des Moines radio personality Pam Dixon to retire
Longtime Des Moines radio personality Pam Dixon of KIOA-FM announced Monday that she is retiring, after almost 35 years in the business. Wochit
Longtime Des Moines radio personality Pam Dixon of KIOA-FM announced Monday that she is retiring.
The radio station posted the news on its official Facebook page Monday morning. Dixon, a three-time breast cancer survivor, according to the post, is "hanging up her headphones — for good!" after nearly 35 years in the business. Dixon will be focusing on her health once again during her retirement, the post said.
"I just want to say thank you to KIOA listeners and my radio family for all of the love and support I have felt through the years," Dixon said in KIOA's post.
Dixon said during Monday's broadcast of the "KIOA Morning Show" that she remembers the day she was first diagnosed with breast cancer — June 4, 2007. She's "throwing everything at it" today, as far as treatment goes: Chemotherapy, meditation and prayer, among others. In 2015, the Register's Metro Voice columnist Dan Finney wrote about Dixon's cancer battles.
"I'm gonna get up and get my butt moving," Dixon said Monday on the broadcast. "I had a surgeon tell me a long time ago that cancer hates spunk. And he said to me, he looked me right in the eye: 'Pam, you've got a lot of spunk.'
"So I am going to be out there moving my butt, doing the best I can to ... control this horrible disease."
KIOA listeners reacted to Monday's news on social media and calling into "KIOA Morning Show" by offering Dixon well wishes and thanking her for the many memories on the airwaves. She said that the kindness shown by KIOA's listeners have helped her immensely.
"When you have half the state praying for ya, it's a powerful thing," Dixon said.
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