On the air: 7a-11a | Monday – Friday
Billy Dean has been the voice of Okeechobee for the last 18 years and has no plans on stopping anytime soon. He is the host of The Morning Show and broadcasts at live remotes around town. He’s been on the airwaves in South Florida for the last 25 years and enjoys every minute of playing Country Music. Billy is an avid fisherman, camper and all around outdoors man. Billy embodies everything about the good old days. He is a grade A story teller and has a infectious laugh that’ll have you rolling on the ground along with him. On the weekends, you’ll find him working his green thumb in his yard or watching the Gators play!
On the air: 3:30p-4p Monday – Friday | 7a-11a Saturday
Taylor has been in radio since she was 5 years old going to work with her Dad in Fort Myers and then eventually to Okeechobee. She began working at Glades Media Radio Group when she was still in High School in Okeechobee. She’s been with the company for ten years and radio is her passion. She loves people and playing music, especially Country music from the 80s & 90s. Her favorite artists include Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams Sr, Reba, Dixie Chicks, Ronnie Milsap and Tanya Tucker. Taylor loves everything OUTDOORS such as going camping and gardening. Reading, practicing Yoga and spending time with friends and family are some of her favorite hobbies.
On the air: 6p-7p | Thursdays & Sports Broadcasts
From the time he fell asleep listening to basketball and baseball radio broadcasts, Ken knew he wanted to do radio play by play for a living. After calling minor league baseball games into a cassette recorder and using that as a demo, Ken got his first job at a radio station in west central Ohio calling a variety of high school sports. After moving to Okeechobee in late 2010, Ken has continued doing what he loves in becoming the play by play voice for Okeechobee High School, football, basketball, baseball and softball for WOKC. You can catch him on Thursdays on The Sports Grill from 6-7 with Billy Dean & calling play by play action during our sports broadcasts. Check PODCASTS for past games and look under EVENTS for information on our next broadcast!
News Director – WOKC
Kevin Kenny is the News Director for WOKC and he joined WOKC in October of 2017. He was in radio nearly 20 years ago for a small station in California doing news. Years later (and hopefully wiser and certainly grayer), he has come back to radio and lends voice to WOKC’s News Department. He is originally from Long Island, NY and spent most of his time there and in NJ before moving to Jupiter in 2016. He now lives with his very active 85 year old dad (who basically is a six year old in an 85 year old’s body, HAHA!!) and is in love with his beautiful girlfriend, Maria. Besides being with Maria and having fun, Kevin enjoys working out and rooting for the Oakland (now Las Vegas) Raiders and is a big time WWE fan. He also loves game show themes and movies about the mafia, zombies and super heroines. He considers WOKC to be the best job he’s ever had.
On the air: 11a – 3p | Monday – Friday
I was born in Colorado Springs, grew up in Canon City and am insanely proud to be a Colorado native. I met my husband in college at the campus radio station. Our first date was a media banquet; we got engaged three months later. I was working in Colorado Springs at the time; my Dad came VERY close to putting a station bumper sticker on the back of his tux as he walked me down the aisle, but he knew my Mom would have murdered him. We decided to not have kids and instead are putting our veterinarian’s children through school. I am a voracious reader (I actually kind of hate television). I love to hike, I’ve climbed four of Colorado’s 14,000 foot mountains. I love to travel. I love ALL kinds of music. I still think radio is absolutely magical. You flip a switch, you’re suddenly no longer alone. It’s amazing.
On the air: 3p – 8p | Monday – Friday
Tad Svendsen has been captivated by radio since receiving his first portable for Christmas as a child. He says it’s the first (and still the best) mobile communications device. He’s fastened radios to his bicycle handlebars, strung antennas through trees, and broken more radios than most people will ever own. Tad began broadcasting while still a teen at a country station in South Dakota. He’s gone on to play all kinds of music at stations across the nation, but he always comes home to Country music. It’s his job to make all of the show just as entertaining as the music he plays. Tad’s been known to spend too much money on cars and not enough on haircuts. He enjoys looking after the family farmland each summer. Tad is single but hasn’t yet given up. He lives with his border collie Grady and just about every gadget he can find. He usually has two or three radios all playing at once, and he’s still looking for the best way to attach one to his handlebars.
On the air: 8p – 1a | Monday – Saturday
I’m a music junkie. My entire life has revolved around music whether I was singing in choir, or dancing in a studio. It’s not just an art form– it is life to me. That’s why I got into radio! I had an epiphany one day while sitting in a history class in college… “why am I wasting time on something I’m not passionate about??” I immediately realized I needed to do something with music. That’s when I applied to broadcasting school! I thrived in that environment so I made it a career. After interning for a full year, I started off doing part time promotions for a radio station in Denver. Later that year I was offered a job with Westwood One as a co-Producer of the Lia Show. I learned everything I could and took my skills to KYGO/Denver and became the overnight girl on the country station. New opportunities arose and here I am! I absolutely love my job and it’s all because I’m passionate about it. I love listening to all genres of music- not just country. If I could bring my dog Pip everywhere with me I would! Camping, eating good food, and hanging out with buddies are what feed my soul. I’m a simple woman that loves outdoors and of course– the music.
On the air: 1a – 6a | Tuesday – Sunday
I’ve been involved in Country music since I was hired to be a bar back in the early 80’s at the World Famous Gilley’s nightclub in Pasadena, Texas during the height of the Urban Cowboy craze. Although Country music has gone through many variations since then it has always been the first preset on my radio because it still has the foundation of real stories told by real people about real life. Some of my favorite current artists are Chris Young, Brantley Gilbert and Jana Kramer. Some of my all-time favorites are Willie Nelson, George Jones and Reba. My wife Fran and I are a blended family of 5 kids, 2 dogs and a cat and when her and I get some free time (ha ha what’s that?) we usually point the car toward the beach, set up camp and just stare at it.