Bobby & Steve & Mandi (5:30-10 a.m.)
“Bobby & Steve & Mandi” are the #1 wakeup crew for western Kentucky and southern Illinois. Bobby Cook has worked at WKYQ since 1977, except for 8 years on the air in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1990, Bobby was named America’s small market radio personality of the year by the Country Music Association. In 1999, Bobby was nominated for the same award by the Academy of Country Music. Steve Schwetman returned to WKYQ from stints in Las Vegas and Hollywood, including radio shows, movie and TV appearances, and standup comedy. When he’s not on the Rabbit Station, Steve can be found acting at Market House Theater in Paducah, Badgett Playhouse in Grand Rivers, and in various TV shows and commercials. In 2015, Bobby & Steve were nominated for Small Market Radio Personalities of the Year by the CMA. Mandi Turner is a Ballard County native who joined the show in 2017. She was discovered through her work as the social media coordinator for the Kentucky Opry, broadcasting the weekly results of the Kentucky Opry’s annual talent search on Facebook Live. In addition to reporting on the latest in Nashville and Hollywood, Mandi also puts up with Bobby & Steve’s shenanigans and acts as the show’s voice of reason. In 2018, the three were nominated for Small Market Radio Personalities of the Year by the ACM. This year, Bobby & Steve & Mandi were named “Best Radio Morning Show” by the Kentucky Broadcasters Association. This was the first time the KBAs handed out awards for broadcast excellence. Start off your day with music, fun and laughs from these three!
Dr. Jeff (10 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Dr. Jeff is not a real doctor, he just plays one on the radio. Play is the operative word here. Dr. Jeff knows there is a time to be serious, but he believes having fun is an important element of making life better. A life-long fan of country music, Doc’s listeners have benefited from his playful take on life for over 27 years now. Through the efforts of WKYQ, Dr. Jeff has been able to lend a hand to countless charitable efforts, but The Way of Wellness in Murray holds a special place in his heart. This organization offers safe housing, support and encouragement to help rescue mothers and their children from lifestyle diseases, poverty and more. The eldest child of Wallace and Betty Lawrence and brother to Mark, Doc was raised in McCracken County. and lives in Calloway County. He and his wife Traci have four children, Kate, Holden, and twins Josie and Leighton.
Luke Williams (3-7 p.m.)
Luke was born and raised in Western Kentucky. He decided to purse a career in radio after his mama told him that of all her kids, he was the one who could “talk real good.” He’s worked for radio stations in Princeton and Madisonville. In addition to radio, Luke also worked in a boot store and a hardware store, so he can offer knowledgeable advice on insoles and hammers. A lifelong fan of country music, Luke’s biggest regret is that he never got to meet Johnny Cash. Luke will keep afternoons sizzling with contests, prizes, and traffic from J.P. for the drive home!
Big Lou (7 p.m.-midnight)
Big Lou is…well, not really that big. Even he has no idea how he got called “Big Lou”! Guess it’s because of his big personality and big heart. This Southern Illinois native grew up in West Tennessee before making his way back to Rabbit Country. He loves playing Today’s 24 Carrot Country in the night time. When he’s not on the radio, Big Lou is often sharing his message with area churches. Catch him Monday thru Friday on the Rabbit Station!
JP Roberts – Traffic Reporter
JP Roberts is a life-long Paducahan. He graduated from Tilghman High School in 1981 and attended Paducah Community College and Murray State University . JP started his law enforcement career in 1987 and retired from the Paducah Police Department on May 31, 2008. He enjoys spending time with family, especially his 14 year old son James, who will be entering Lone Oak High School this fall. JP is a huge NFL fan, especially of the 49ers, and enjoys getting together with friends to watch the big game of the week. He likes going out to dinner, catching a new movie and loves technology and gadgets.
GARY CHESTER MORSE
For 32 years, Gary was general manager of WKYQ, as well as its sister stations of Bristol Broadcasting. It was Gary who convinced Bristol’s CEO to put country music on FM in Paducah, thus giving birth to WKYQ. He was also the man who gave Kent King the go-ahead to put the Outlaw Hours on the air. One of Gary’s final contributions was the creation of West Kentucky Star.com, our local 24/7 news website. Gary is survived by his wife Ro, his children Ivy, Matt, Ben, and John, and his several grandchildren.
Kent was WKYQ’s longest running program director. He was also one of the most recognizable personalities on the Rabbit Station. He worked every air shift imaginable, and was the creator of “The Outlaw Hours”, this region’s longest running weekly radio program. Later, Kent went off the air to become the area’s first full-time traffic reporter. Kent also served as director of Disaster and Emergency Services for McCracken County.
This video was presented at Kent’s funeral service, looking back at his career in radio and emergency services… thanks to Terry Schmitt and S & W Productions for all the hours to put it together!