Dave Pratt, former "Morning Mayor" of KUPD (97.9 FM), has "parted ways
" with the country music station that employed him for five years.
Judging from Pratt's property tax statement, it may have been a bad time to lose his job.
The legendary local DJ missed a deadline last month to pay more than $11,000 in property tax, incurring about $300 in interest fees. His Paradise Valley home, assessed at nearly $5 million, costs Pratt a hefty $23,000 a year these days in property tax.
If Pratt's lucky, he'll sell enough copies of his new autobiography, Behind the Mic: 30 Years in Radio, to save the family farm.
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