Bobby & Steve (6-10am)
“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 (10am-3pm)
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 Lighthouse in Mayfield holds a special place in his heart. This shelter helps victims of domestic violence and homelessness.The eldest child of Wallace and Betty Lawrence and brother to Mark, Doc was raised in McCracken County. Dr. Jeff has been an active member of Lone Oak First Baptist Church since 1972, and lives in nearby Graves County. He and his wife Traci have four children, Kate, Holden, and twins Josie and Leighton.
Nick Black is driving you home every afternoon (Well not really…you should probably still drive yourself…or let Jesus take the wheel…anyone really but Nick), Playing more of Todays 24 Carrot Country and keeping you updated on your traffic situations with JP Roberts in the WKYQ Traffic Center. Nick was born and raised in Graves County, Graduated from Graves County High School in 1995 and began his broadcasting career at Wal-Mart in Mayfield saying such hilarious things like “Attention Wal-Mart Shoppers, if you drive a Blue Honda Civic, you’ve left your lights on.” Nick came to WKYQ in 1998, has been in the building in one form or another since then. He now returns to Afternoons, 3 til 7pm on WKYQ!
Brian Mitchell (7pm-midnight)
Brian keeps the nights alive with the Rabbit Request Hour from 9-10pm and he also has chances to win great prizes! In his spare time he enjoys spending time with wife Kaycee, listens to his favorite music, all of it country, and is also an avid sports fan. He lives and dies with the Cubs, although there are few highs, and of course, go Cats.
As a kid growing up in McCracken County, Bill would spend hours scanning the dial (when there really was one) to see what stations he could find. He has worked in radio since 1998, when he began volunteering at a local Christian station. He eventually worked there full-time for 9 years until becoming part of the WKYQ team in April 2010. Bill is a sports junkie, and also enjoys music, reading, and travel. He also leads worship with his wife, Jennie, at their local church. They have one son, Colin. Whether you work the 3rd shift or just can’t sleep, Bill will keep you company all night long! Bill also contributes reports to Donna Groves’ morning news.
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!