Cadillac Jack, whose real name is William Choate, said in a press release while he was off air, “I’ve binged Netflix. Not just a particular show but all of Netflix. I have mastered the complexities of the washer and dryer and I’ve learned to become a better dad, husband and friend. It’s time to plug back in and reconnect with country music fans in Atlanta.”
He added: “I’ve seen the battle plans. I am beyond hungry and I can’t wait to fire the first shot on Monday.”
Caddy, as he was known in the business, was a loyal employee to Kicks (which is now New Country 102.5) for more than a quarter century, but he was let go in 2019 after conflicts with former boss Sean Shannon. He filed a lawsuit against Shannon and Atlanta-based Cumulus for wrongful termination, believing his high salary and sexual orientation made him a target.
Kevin Steele, vice president of programming, noted that he used to work with Caddy at Kicks and believes in his passion for country music.
Caddy has been doing a podcast the past two years with his wife Donna and will continue to do so called “Cadillac Jack: My Second Act.”
The Bear is owned by the Georgia Radio Alliance, which also owns stations in Atlanta (oldies Fox 102.1), Macon, Warner Robins, Columbus and Milledgeville.