Email : Lisa.S@TylerMedia.com
ON-AIR: 5:30a-9a, Monday thru Friday
IN RADIO: Since 1998
AT KOMA: Since 1999
Lisa Sykes is the host of the KOMA Morning Show. Her cheery smile and energetic personality brings sunshine to every hour’s weather forecast even when the forecast isn’t so bright.
Lisa began her radio career in 1996 at Renda Broadcasting as an account executive, then moved to Promotions Director utilizing an extensive public relations and marketing background.
In 1998, Renda Broadcasting purchased KOMA & KRXO from Diamond Broadcasting, moving the legendary oldies and classic rock formats to the same facility.
Lisa’s duties also include serving as Promotions Director for KOMA FM. After the air shift ends, the planning, organizing & multi-tasking side takes over. She is also active in community events representing the stations at charity and other events.
She is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a south Louisiana Cajun heritage who loves to cook, play at the lake, hunt and fish with her husband of 27 years, Donnie.
ON-Air: 9a-11a, Monday thru Friday
Kent was born in Columbus, Ohio and lived in cities all over the state and in New Jersey. While in school, Kent played trumpet in a national-champion marching band and participated in school and community theater with an eye toward one day becoming a Hollywood actor.
He also listened to radio whenever he could and knew it would be fun to be on the radio. Eventually, a freak accident led to a career decision. While in high school gym class in Brecksville, Ohio, he broke his wrist playing football. The cast on his arm prevented him from wearing his band uniform, so the director made him the band announcer. Thus, Kent’s public announcing career was launched.
Kent attended Ohio University, studying radio and television production, working at the campus radio and television stations, and learning 14 computer languages. He was one of the first in the country to create software for scheduling music on radio and for keeping score in bowling using mainframe computers.
He also acted in the weekly radio comedy “Fox Paw” alongside Nancy Cartwright who became a popular voice actor in Hollywood, doing the voice of Bart Simpson and many other characters. After graduating in 1979, his career took him to radio and television stations in Somerville, NJ, Owensboro, KY, Evansville, IN, Columbus, OH, and Indianapolis, IN, and finally to KOMA in 1988.
While in Columbus, Kent hosted the award-winning “Hit Magazine” on WTVN which featured interviews with numerous artists including Chicago, Richard Carpenter, Mike Nesmith, Paul Anka, and many others. His love for the music of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s led him to Indianapolis in 1985 to program WNDE as an Oldies station. Three years later, he was recruited to program KOMA and move it from a Big Bands format to Oldies.
“KOMA has always been a fun place to be, especially with the opportunity to work with all the OKC legends that make up our air staff. And Oklahoma City is a great growing city and perfect for raising a family. The people here are the friendliest in the country. That is why I have felt so privileged to be here for so many years.”
In addition to his work/fun at KOMA, Kent is host of two nationally syndicated radio shows, “Totally Awesome 80s” and “The 80s Vault.” He is a producer, director, and talent for television commercials and industrial films, and can be seen in feature films including “Hoosiers” with Gene Hackman, “The Gray Man”, and “Cowgirls ‘n Angels”.
FAVORITE GROUPS: Heart, Doobie Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Pat Benatar
FAVORITE T.V. SHOWS: Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Everybody Loves Raymond, CSI, America’s Got Talent, The Voice.
FAVORITE MOVIES: Raiders of the Lost Ark, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Toy Story, Minority Report, Super 8.
OTHER INTERESTS: Audio, video and film production, bowling, swimming, tennis, racquetball.
PERSONAL QUOTE: “Success is the result of honest efforts and positive attitudes”.
On-Air: 10a-2p, Monday – Friday
The Ronnie Kaye story began in a sleepy town in southeast Missouri. Growing up in Cooter was probably not much different than growing up in most small towns in the America in the 40’s and 50’s. His dad was the town pharmacist and his mom was a piano teacher at Cooter High School.
Between church, school, and home, Ronnie was always surrounded by music. When the high school presented a play or show, Ronnie was always a part of it. By high school, he was studying to become a concert pianist, performing recitals of Bach, Brahms, and Beethoven. At the same time, he was hearing radio stations in Memphis play Perkins, Presley, and Chuck Berry.
Ronnie’s high school superintendent, Mr. J.E. Godwin, sensed that he liked the business and suggested that Ronnie do play-by-play of the county high school basketball tournament on KLCN in Blytheville, Arkansas. The manager liked the idea and Ronnie’s career was off and running.
After graduation from high school in 1955, Ronnie attended Memphis State University and hitch-hiked home every weekend to do a radio show on KLCN. Suddenly in the music Mecca of Memphis, surrounded by some of the best radio people in America, he began to realize that his choice of radio was a good one.
In 1960 his first real offer came from Don Hodges, with whom he had worked in Blytheville. Without hesitation, Ronnie packed up his new wife and baby and headed to Lawton, Oklahoma to take the job at KSWO.
After working in Lawton for six months, he made the pivotal move of his career. It took many phone calls and a lot of rejection, but finally Danny Williams said “yes” and offered him a job on WKY in Oklahoma City.
Late in the 60’s, Ronnie asked for the opportunity to produce and host a local teen dance show on Channel 4 that catapulted his career to new heights. “The Scene” aired at 12:30 on Saturdays on WKY-TV (now KFOR.) The show featured local kids dancing and national artists performing. Ronnie found himself transporting people like Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown, and Smokey Robinson from the Skirvin downtown to the studios on Britton Rd. For eight years, the show was syndicated in 10 markets in the southwestern United States including California and Texas.
In 1980, Ronnie left radio and went to KOKH-TV where he served as News and Public Service Director for eleven years.
By 1991, the baby boomers from the 60’s and 70’s were musically ready to return to the times when things were a bit more simple and life was a little less demanding. Oldies radio was beginning to show great promise, especially for a radio station that had pioneered the Top Forty format from the beginning: 50,000 watt KOMA. He went to work there and has been a principal player in the success of the station ever since.
“I’d like to think I was a part of that success. And after some 40-plus years in the business, the job remains fresh, exciting and always challenging. The people at KOMA are making this the most fun-filled part of my life.”
Ronnie was inducted into the Oklahoma Broadcasters Hall of Fame along with Paul Harvey, Bob Braun of CBS News, the legendary Will Rogers, and the Singing Cowboy, Gene Autry.
“I once saw a large mouth bass stuffed and mounted by a taxidermy with a caption that read, ‘If I’d kept my mouth shut,, I wouldn’t be here now,’ Well the same goes for me and radio. But I’m glad to say that I just never kept my mouth shut.”
BORN: Cooter, MO
IN RADIO: Since 1956
AT KOMA: Since 1992
FAVORITE GROUPS: Beatles, Beach Boys, The Byrds
FAVORITE SINGERS: Elvis, Tom Jones, Jackie DeShannon, Barbara Lewis
FAVORITE T.V. SHOWS: Prime Time, The O’Reilly Factor, 20/20, Biography
FAVORITE MOVIES: Gone With the Wind, Silence of the Lambs, The Robe, Passion of the Christ, Holocaust
PERSONAL QUOTE: “Comb your hair, put on a nice cologne, and underarm deodorant to impress a girl…and it might be a good idea to wear some clothes, too.”