Bobby & Steve (5:30-10 a.m.)
“Bobby & Steve” 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. There are a whole cast of characters trapped in Steve’s head, and he lets ’em out every morning, 6 ’til 10am on 93.3 WKYQ!
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!
Matt (7 p.m.-midnight)
Matt (that’s all he goes by) one day came in to deliver some light bulbs to the Rabbit Station. He discovered a microphone and has never left. Matt hails from Symsonia (a.k.a. Slabtown) and lives with Cletus (a.k.a. the “Radio Mutt”). He admits he has no prior training for his job…he just talks. A lot. Join Matt and his quick wit every weeknight along with chances to win cool stuff and hear lots of Today’s 24 Carrot Country!
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!