Trispys Awards 2019-2020 - Page 30

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT RICK CAMPBELL While most people knew Rick Campbell (center) for his voice in the morning playing your favorite song, calling the game winning shot at your son or daughters game, or winning a contest at a local business that he was remotely broadcasting from, he was much more than that. In 1979 Rick Campbell began his career in radio after getting married to his wife Alma. Rick began doing a morning show in Hindman Kentucky at WKCB. The format was simple, Bluegrass music in the morning, Country in the mid morning, and Rock in the afternoon. The format, like Rick, was a little bit of everything for everyone. After spending brief stints at radio stations in Pikeville, Rick’s home, for the early part of his career, was in 30 | TRISPY AWARDS 2019-2020 Hindman. In 1993, he and his family moved to Williamsburg to help manage WEKX FM and WEKC AM. The station was recently purchased by a friend and Rick was asked to help run it. They changed formats, instituted a more community presence, and put a tremendous focus on showcasing local high school and college athletes. He did play by play along with Shelby Prewitt for Williamsburg High School Football, Baseball, and Basketball, along with doing live pep rallies at the school during Friday mornings through Football seasons. WEKX was later purchased by Whitley County Broadcasting (WEZJ) where he continued to work a morning show on 102.7 “The Classic Rock Station” and broadcast high school football (with Stan Lovett) for Williamsburg High School and basketball (with Dave Lennon) for Whitley County High School. While most people knew Rick for his voice in the morning playing your favorite song, calling the game winning shot at your son or daughters game, or winning a contest at a local business that he was remotely broadcasting from, he was much more than that. He was a self taught engineer learning how to keep the station going during the worst of circumstances. He was a jack of all trades that would help anyone that he could with nearly anything. To many he was a true friend that was there to extend any help he could. Over the course of his career he was an AP award winner for news reporting, won countless community choice awards for both his morning shows and sports coverage, interviewed countless numbers of established and up and coming music performers and (most likely his favorite) the local high student that just played his heart out on the field. He called KHSAA State Tournaments in baseball, basketball, and football. Rick passed away August 3, 2019, doing what he loved, spending time with his wife. When he wasn’t working he spent his time with her and the rest of his family, playing golf, hunting, or hiking.