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LAKES COUNTRY 102.1 Operations Manager, Program Director & Morning Rush Host. Lou Kelly is on the air from 6am to 10am on Lakes Country 102.1. Lou began his career in Enid, Oklahoma in 1981, and after 36 years in radio he now calls Tahlequah his home. Lou is a father and grandfather with family in Muskogee, and relatives in Tahlequah. He is also a carpenter and flips houses on the side, DJ's at weddings and private events. His hobbies include golf, playing guitar and going to stockcar and NASCAR Races.
LAKES COUNTRY 102.1 Afternoon Personality. Barry Diamond began his radio broadcasting career in Enid, Oklahoma on Feb. 23, 1982. He received his degree in drafting in 1983 but loved music more and his part-time radio job turned into a career. His passion, besides radio is Baseball. How he became a Los Angeles Dodger's fan is anyone's guess growing up in Oklahoma. He also enjoys his Honda Shadow 1100 motorcycle. He is married to Cissy and they met through radio. She listened to the radio and said I have to meet the guy on the other end of that voice. October 21, 2017 they will have been married for 22-years. Barry also has a step-son named Justin and a grandson named Parker. Parker is "G-Pa's"pride and joy. They do lot's of things together including playing catch with the baseball, monster trucks and "playing" race car. Barry enjoys the Tahlequah area and hopes to be around this area for a long time.
Lakes Country 102.1 More Music Nights DJ John Haynes. John was born in Sallisaw and now lives in Woodall. John served in the Army and faught forest fires in Montana for 2 years. He has an Associates Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and went to the American Broadcast School. He planned to get into radio and says he is now living the dream. John is our Evening DJ from 7pm to Midnight on Lakes Country 102.1, and the Midday DJ on Billy Country 96.3 FM & 1350 AM.
BILLY COUNTRY MORNING DJ Ralph Lynch was born on a small dairy and poultry farm about mid-way between Springdale and Siloam Springs, Arkansas. He studied broadcasting at John Brown University, and started his radio career at KAMO in Rogers, Arkansas in 1961. Ralph married Evelyn McGinnis in 1963. Their son, Derrick is a Senior Pastor at Blue Valley Baptist Church in Overland Park, Kansas. Their daughter, Heather Head is a RN and is Clinical Coordinator in OR at Northeastern Health Systems in Tahlequah. In 1963, Ralph became a DJ at KSWM in Aurora, Missouri and later became the Sales Manager. In 1969, he transferred to KTLQ/KEOK as General Manager and in 1982, Evelyn and Ralph purchased KTLQ/KEOK. They sold them in 1988 and Ralph pursued a career as a licensed Insurance Agent. Back to the Tahlequah Stations in 1999, Ralph served as general manager until he retired May 1st, 2014. His fans welcomed him back as an announcer in 2015.
BILLY COUNTRY MORNING TRADEWINDS HOST Rex Spears was born in Wagoner, OK. His Cherokee paternal ancestors lived in McMinn County, Tennessee prior to the Trail of Tears and have been in Cherokee County ever since that time. His maternal ancestors were also Cherokee and a part of the Rattlingourd clan. After graduating from Tahlequah High School, he attended NSU studied Business and Accounting and was active in the Jaycees on the local and state level and loved to coach 8 to 10 year old baseball and soccer. Rex and Paula McGill eloped to Covington, TN and married in 1970. They have 2 adult children, 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren (and a baby girl is due in Oct). Rex started Holiday Windows by Spears with his son Chris, which can be seen around town and on Facebook. He has painted signs and windows since 1977. He has worked for KLTQ/Radio Billy Country since Jan 3rd, 2010 as a Business Improvement Planner and began hosting Tradewinds on June 15th, 2012.