Jim Cotyk death, IHeartRadio Radio host passed away after a battle with cancer

Local radio DJ Jim Cody passed away
Local radio DJ Jim Cotyk passed away


Local radio DJ Jim Cotyk aka Jim Cody passed away suddenly on October 25, 2023. The sudden death of Cody has devasted everyone who knew him. As we reflect on the life and career of this remarkable artist, we pay homage to the enduring impact of Jim on the world of music. Read ahead to learn more details about his passing and Jim Cody’s cause of death.

Jim Cotyk passed away:

A popular radio host, Jim Cody passed away suddenly. His daughter confirmed this sad news on the following statement.

Riley Cotyk posted,

Thank you for raising me to be the strong girl I am today and thank you for loving me no matter what. You were the best dad to everyone that needed it. We all love you so very much. Jim Cotyk

Cody’s longtime friend and radio colleague for almost three decades, Zack Owen, broke the news to their Facebook fans.

According to a recent piece about Cody’s battle, “On August 24, 2023, everything changed. Cody has been receiving hospice care while battling liver cancer for a few months. His tumors grew too quickly for him to be considered for a liver transplant, thus he was not eligible.”

Cody and Owen had a fantastic working relationship on the “Zack & Jim” Show for more than 30 years, which brought them a lot of listeners. They became a well-loved pair around the world because of their humor and contagious laughing, which made their audience’s lives happier.

Jim Cody cause of death:

Jim Cody, the popular radio host from the “Zack & Jim” Show on Waco 100 has passed away. He died following complications from liver cancer.

Waco 100 Texas posted this sad news on social media statement reads,

“It is with a very heavy heart, that I want to pass on that my Friend and Radio Partner for over 30 years has died after a battle with Liver Cancer! He loved his wife and family, and all his friends and loyal WACO-100 fans. Jim will be missed”, the station posted on Facebook.

On Sunday, October 29th, there will be a benefit to support Cody’s wife, Mel. Food, music, and an auction will be available from 2 to 6 p.m. at K&W’s Bar and Grill. A gofundme page has also been set up for Cody’s family.

Who was Jim Cotyk?

Jim Cotyk aka Jim Cody was a famous radio host from Waco, Texas. In addition to being a beloved radio personality, Cody was also a devoted husband and father.

He was Zack Owen’s radio co-host, the husband of Melanie Cotyk, and the father of four daughters. When Owen was searching for the ideal companion at Waco 100 in 1993, his on-air career began. Owen contacted numerous radio stations and called Cody. 

According to Owen, “He started January, 30 years ago.” “We’ve been partners for 30 years.” Together, they traveled the world and debuted the “Zack & Jim” show.

“We kind of laugh that we’ve been together longer than any one of our marriages,” Owen said in an interview.

Jim Cody was a friend, a companion, and a reliable voice in our community in addition to being a radio host. His friendly and inviting demeanor won him over thousands of devoted listeners, and his familiar presence on the radio made him a household name for decades.

Jim Cody’s legacy will live on in our hearts and minds. His humor, his voice, and his relationship with our neighborhood will always be treasured memories. Even though he is no longer with us, his influence on the radio and in our lives will always be felt. Our sympathies and prayers are extended to Jim’s friends, family, and everyone who had the honor of getting to know him.

Condolences to Jim Cody:

Stacy Bailey Dise wrote,

My brother in law, Jim Cotyk gained his wings this morning.. our hearts are broken. Such an amazing member of our family… I know, with out a doubt, Daddy was waiting for him. I always loved when I would walk in or he would answer the phone he would say ” HI Sissy”… please pray for my sister and my niece’s in the coming days.

Joel Wood posted,

No words, but I’ll try… Jim Cotyk has been a friend of mine for as long as I’ve been playing music – since the late 90’s. I’ve listened to the morning show he and Zack Owen put on for many, many years. He’s been fighting an uphill battle for quite a while and I’m very saddened to hear of his passing. My condolences, thoughts and prayers go to his wife Melanie and their daughters, their family and friends, and so many people he touched over the years. Also to Zack and the WACO 100 family for their loss, he was a tremendous personality with a huge heart and could always make anyone laugh and smile. Damn.

Waco GoodFellas posted,

Our most heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Jim Cotyk on the news of his passing this morning. Jim was a dear friend and great supporter of our organization since its inception. We will miss our times together cutting up in studio, raising money at one of our fundraisers, or helping kids at our annual toy drops. You were a good man and made such an impression on everyone around you. Thank you for the many years of support. It was greatly appreciated. Melanie Bailey Cotyk Zack Jim Waco 100 Texas #1 Country

Michael Saldana posted,

Waking up to the sad news of my dear friend Jim Cotyk passing away. The day I met Zack and Jim I knew there was a great connection. They have been so supportive of my music since that day doing events and random studio visits. Jim was one hell of a guy and I’m sure gonna miss him.
We will be having an event for him this Sunday at K & W’s Bar & Grill. Y’all come out and show love and raise money. Upsets me that I won’t see my friend as I’d hoped at this one. Big prayers for the Waco 100 Texas #1 Country and Cotyk family.
Rest Easy My Friend now you can rock the heavens with all them Real Country Legends.

Linda Brown posted,

There are no words to describe the sadness in the passing of the legendary Jim Cotyk. WACO 100, the award winning Zack and Jim Morning Show, Central Texas Radio, the Heart O’ Texas Fair and Rodeo, and countless events will be forever changed. Jim was a kind and gentle soul who endlessly loved his amazing wife, Melanie, and their family. His brother from another mother, Zack Owen, and he are synonymous with good times, immense laughter and hilarious antics, great friends and countless listeners, kindness, intense love for our country, veterans, and active military, and tireless support of charitable events. They are my oldest friends in working radio. Cancer is cruel and unforgiving. Jim endured this with grace, dignity, strength, and a positive attitude. You will be loved, remembered, and missed forever. Your mark on the world and your legacy will be timeless. Rest easy, old friend. Love you, Jim.


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