Keith Ashton dedicated more than half of his life to broadcasting, and in the blink of an eye it was taken away from him.
He tirelessly served his listeners, rising every morning long before the sun, to entertain northern Colorado with his witty commentary and classic music, but that all ended abruptly on Jan. 19 when iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Communications, Inc. laid off Ashton.
The pain is still evident on Ashton's face. His voice crackles and he fights back tears while talking about his expansive career in broadcasting and how unexpectedly it ended.
"It was just like a tsunami coming at you and you can't do anything," Ashton said. "It's a shock."
For the past four years the 79-year-old disc jockey, whose show "Morning Memories" was enjoyed by thousand s of northern Colorado residents, went to work diligently in his studio at iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel), 4270 Byrd Drive, in Loveland .
On Jan. 19 Ashton came out of his booth to find his belongings in a box and a severance package, which he can't legally discuss, waiting for him