She spent part of her childhood in a tent without electricity or running water, started in radio at 12, and once shared a stage with the king of rock’n’roll. Now Guinness World Records has verified 85-year-old Texas native Mary McCoy as the globe’s longest-serving female radio presenter after nearly 72 years on the airwaves. McCoy’s family moved to Texas in the late 1940s and she learned to yodel and sing at talent shows while living in a tent. In 1951, aged 12, she signed up for a talent show at KMCO radio station. She was offered a 15-minute singing show and then became a presenter, or DJ, four months later. She has held that job ever since, even as the radio station became KIKR and now K-Star. She hosts a two-hour show of country music classics six days a week, and has been inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.

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