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Radio host Mike Calta dropping 'Cowhead' name


Published:   |   Updated: April 9, 2014 at 02:48 PM

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Mike Calta doesn't want to be known as “Cowhead” anymore.

The Tampa Bay area radio host, who has used the on-air moniker since 1992, is dropping the name and changing his show's title from “The Cowhead Show” to “The Mike Calta Show.”

The renamed show will continue to air weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m. on WHPT-FM 102.5 The Bone.

“I've been using this name since my early days at The Power Pig where Cowhead fit in with Boner, Big Woody, Stretch Marks, Booger, and many other ridiculous radio monikers. But at 42 years old I think it is time to evolve ... The show will continue to be as entertaining and sophomoric as it ever was, it will just now be known by a name that will make it easier to embarrass my children at school!,” Calta said in a news release announcing the change.

A top radio personality in Tampa for the past 21 years, “Cowhead” has enjoyed top ratings in the afternoon drive slot on WHPT.

To bury the Cowhead name, Calta is hosting a sold-out “funeral” comedy roast Thursday at the T. Pepin Hospitality Centre in Tampa, featuring comedians Jim Florentine, Greg Fitzsimmons, Jim Norton and others. Also expected to attend: “Late Show With David Letterman” writers Justin and Eric Stangel, former pro baseball player Wade Boggs and WWE wrestler Fandango.

The event will be streamed live on cowheadtv.com, and will be replayed Friday at 3 p.m. on 102.5 The Bone.

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