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Logan, WV radio show "Dave in the Morning" ends after 20 years

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Dave Allen at his high school radio station. Dave Allen at his high school radio station.
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LOGAN, WV -

Dave Allen's name is well known in Logan County, WV.  

He has hosted the morning radio show "Dave in the Morning" for 20 years.

Friday he signed off for the final time.

Allen was in high school when he first put on a pair of headphones and fell in love with radio.
"I was the first announcer in Logan to play a CD on the air," he said. "It was New Kids on the Block the summer of 1988."

He started at WLOG, a radio station that is now closed. He became a household name in Logan County, WV hosting "Dave in the Morning" on WVOW-FM for two decades.

There was a crowd of people in the studio Friday morning for his last show.

Walking with Dave around downtown Logan, WV it was clear man of his listeners weren't ready to accept that the show is ending.

Fans rolled down their car windows to wish him well. "I wouldn't have missed it for anything," said Patty Justice. She said she woke up early just to hear his final show. "He is part of Logan."

In every store and on every corner Dave's fans offered words of encouragement.

"I get gifts of hot dogs," Allen said, holding up a bag of food from employees at the local bank. The bag had a hand written message from the women who have listened to him for years.

WVOW-FM listeners said one of the reasons they love Allen so much is the fact that he always focused on the details of their day, sharing information that they wouldn't hear anywhere else.

Reading the school lunch menus was a morning tradition. Hearing him read the menu for the final time Friday brought Lori Justice to tears.

"I really did cry this morning," Lori Justice said. "It was so stupid because it was food but that was a big part of my childhood, waking up and he would be on the radio."

Justice said listening to radio in Logan without Dave Allen, just won't be the same.

"You are playing music and talking. It is the greatest thing in the world," Allen said.

He signed off Friday like he does at the end of every show with words familiar to his listeners. "Have fun and love somebody," Allen said, one last time.

Dave is starting his own advertising and public relations business called Dave Allen Communications. He is planning to be back in Logan, WV several days a week and plans to make occasional appearances on WVOW-FM.