April 3, 2003
Posted at: 9:42 p.m. CST
JONESBORO, Ark. -- One man that many Region 8 residents hear on a local radio station every night is on his way to active duty.
Between the classic rock blocks of music, scheduled commercial breaks, and, on-air jokes, friends and co-workers of DJ Foster Lager at KDEZ-FM are doing what they can to encourage their friend.
He got the call Wednesday to put down his headphones, and help the country's cause. Following his nightly shift at Z-100, he will turn-off his microphone and become Steven Foster, U.S. Army, part of the 398th Chemical Company.
KDEZ's mid-day personality Rick Christian says although he's been poking fun at the man he sees at work everyday, the thought of him leaving for war is sobering.
"You worry about him," Christian said. "Because you wonder what's going to happen to him. But he's a big kid, he'll take care of himself."
"It's nice to know when I come back, I've got a job and a good group of people to work with," said Foster.
"So you're leaving Saturday," Christian asked of Foster while on-air Thursday. "Can I have your office?"
Foster will turn off the mic Friday night, and say goodbye to friends, listeners and family.
"I'll leave Saturday morning from Millington, Tenn., and go to Maryland," Foster said. "After that, I don't know, it's just wherever the military needs me that's where they'll send me. It could be stateside or over overseas."
This weekend, the man who says he has fun on the air will fly out of town to help the country protect our country's freedom.