40 YEARS OF WKYQ IN PICTURES
This year, 93.3 WKYQ is celebrating its 40th anniversary! The Rabbit would like to thank everyone who’s listened to us over the years Take a trip back in time with the following pictures taken over the years to see how times may have changed, but one thing hasn’t: 93.3 WKYQ is still the #1 station in Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois! Here’s to the next 40 years…and beyond!
Santa and the WKYQ Rabbit join the Q Crew for this Christmas snapshot back in 1988. Front row(from left to right): Liz Emory, Donna Groves Jago, Andrea Manley Underwood, Carla Wilke, Melonie Reed, Suanne Bynum, Dianne Toon, Steve Schwetman, Kevin Miller, Paul Williams. Back row: Kent King, Greg Walker, Brad McLamour, Bobby Cook, “The Orange Man” Craig Hayden, Ron Hawes, Joe Weitlauf, Dr. Jeff Lawrence, Greg Dunker, Gary Morse.
One of WKYQ’s most cherished prizes: a “Farmer of the Day” cap. This was given away during the WKYQ Mid-day Update. The hat in the picture above is courtesy of Ricky O’Neal of Farmington. His grandfather won it in the 80s.
WKYQ’s Bobby & Steve with Bill Engvall backstage at Harrahs Metropolis.
WKYQ has provided up-to-the minute traffic reports for years. Here’s Greg Dunker reporting live from the scene on US 45.
Current station general manager Jamie Futrell during his salesman days with hundreds of “WKYQ Rabbit for Governor” yard signs. This was one of WKYQ’s most memorable promotions.
Bobby Cook and Nick Black with Trace Adkins backstage at Paducah Tilghman for a fundraiser for the Carson Center.
Greg Dunker with some young participants in the WKYQ Rabbit Races during Labor Day in the 80’s.
Our biggest rabbit joined us 15 years ago: Rabbitzilla!
WKYQ’s Kent King, Kent Crider, Terry Schmitt and Terry Hale with the Statler Brothers.
WKYQ played a big part in the creation of “Barbecue On The River”. Since it’s inception, it’s become one of the Paducah’s biggest festivals. WKYQ is proud to be one of the “official” media sponsors for this event. Here’s the WKYQ crew hanging out at the Friday night festivities in 2003. Front row(L to R): Phil Stedham, Tracie Tubbs, Kelvin Jeffords, the Bear on the Air. Second row: Willie Kerns, Gary Morse, Bill Burns, Jack Newberry, Jeremy “Roadie” Newberry, Ryan Fowell. Back row: Nick Black, John Crumb(partially hidden), Steve Schwetman, Mark Summer, Andy Rudd, Dr. Jeff Lawrence.
WKYQ’s Terry Schmitt congratulates a young winner in front of our old offices in the Solomon Building on Kentucky Avenue.
The WKYQ “Some Stars” softball team is always ready to play! We can’t recall how many games we’ve won or lost, but we’ve always had fun playing local teams to help raise money for deserving charities and folks in need. This was taken after a game in Olmstead, IL. Left to right: Dr. Jeff Lawrence, Bobby Cook, “The Orange Man” Craig Hayden.
WKYQ’s Kent Crider and Ed Morris in the old WKYQ studios on Old Mayfield Road.
Steve Schwetman and the WKYQ Rabbit hanging out with the Chevrolet FLW pro fishing team at Country Chevrolet in Benton before a tournament on Kentucky Lake.
WKYQ’s Kent King interviews Jeff Cook of Alabama at CMA Radio Week at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville.
The #1 most asked question we get whenever we’re out and about in Rabbit Country is “Y’all got any t-shirts?” The WKYQ t-shirt is the most popular giveaway item in our history! Here’s the most recent incarnation of the WKYQ t-shirt when it came out in 2009. Left to right: Bobby Cook, Sandy Lee, Jessica Harris, Steve Schwetman.
From the Kent Crider collection: Kent meets the one and only, George Jones.
WKYQ live broadcasts always attract a crowd. Here’s Dr. Jeff getting people to sign up to win a dune buggy!
From left to right: Kent King, Terry Hale, Ed Morris, Terry Schmitt, and Kent Crider.
During a homemade boat regatta, the gang at Leneave Automotive show what station they listen to while paddling across the Ohio.
“Roxie on the Radio” interviewing an FLW official during a college tournament at Murray State University.
WKYQ’s Kent Crider and Mary Beth Foster goofing off during a photo shoot promoting WKYQ’s Farmer of the Day.
WKYQ’s Ladonna Lee on the scene with a report for “Lake Patrol”, telling listeners what’s happening in the lakes area.
Two of Western Kentucky’s best known mascots: the WKYQ Rabbit and Spencer Blair of Tommy Blair Pontiac GMC.
WKYQ’s Kent King congratulates the winner of a car show in 1983.
WKYQ’s “Orange Man” Craig Hayden interviews “Dukes of Hazard” star Tom Wopat at the Executive Inn prior to that night’s Renegades Country Concert on the riverfront during the Paducah Summer Festival. Wopat co-headlined the show that year with Kathy Mattea.
Bobby Cook prepares to broadcast from atop the WKYQ “bread truck”.
Bobby Cook and the WKYQ Rabbit interview Randy Owen of Alabama at the Opryland Hotel in 1987.
Dr. Jeff and Chris Pack at WKYQ’s 20th birthday party in 1993.
Kent King and Bobby Cook with a listener at WKYQ’s 20th birthday party in 1993.
The WKYQ Rabbit poses for pictures with fans while making an appearance at Applebee’s.
While working in Nashville, Bobby Cook played on a softball team with Vince Gill. The two got reacquainted at one of WKYQ’s concerts during the Paducah Summer Festival.
T-Raq and the WKYQ Rabbit get together during a Tennessee Titans Caravan in 2010.
The WKYQ Van parked outside AT&T during the Tennessee Titans Caravan in 2010. The Rabbit Station is proud to be part of bringing Titans players, announcers, cheerleaders and T-Raq to Paducah, helping to make it the most successful stop on the annual tour.
WKYQ’s Bobby Cook, Kevin Miller and the WKYQ Rabbit broadcasting from the Pulaski County Fair.
WKYQ’s Steve Schwetman and the “Orange Man” Craig Hayden talk to the crowd between acts at the Renegades Country Concert at the riverfront at the Paducah Summer Festival.