Praise 102.5 has found a replacement for Rhodell Lewis, who was let got last month: local radio host K.D. Bowe.
Bowe chose to leave his syndicated morning show through the Sheridan Gospel Network, his last show airing Oct. 21. According to his Twitter page, he had 35 stations. Praise is the biggest gospel station in the nation, with an average of 650,000 to 700,000 listeners a week.
In a Facebook email, he said he had nothing but admiration for Radio One, which runs Praise like any major market station:
I could only be as effective as the local stations would be willing to work to make me. Most Gospel stations (primarily AM) that I was aired on took the feed from my previous company for budget reasons. In many cases the Gospel property was the step child and didn’t get the resources or the time that the urban properties in the cluster received. Though I’ve had moderately good success, I wanted the opportunity to work for a single station that belonged to a company that believed in the format and was committed to doing what it took to make it the best. That’s what I believe I have now.
Lewis told me a few weeks ago that he was wrongfully terminated and last I checked, had planned to file a lawsuit. But he wasn’t specific what the allegations are.
According to Bowe’s bio on the Praise page:
KD Bowe is also owner of KDB Productions, a voice-over services production company [based in Conyers] that provides signature voice to TV, radio stations and the Internet. He has been the signature voice for hundreds of brands like Bishop T.D. Jakes, Paul Morton, The Word Network, Lego, Spalding, Sony, Coca Cola, and many others.
Bowe is also the stadium announcer for Atlanta Falcons games.
“He interviewed with us three times before for a position,” said his new boss and program director Derek Harper. “For whatever reason, we weren’t able to go ahead and get a deal together. He’s always been one of the best personalities out there. It all came together at the perfect time.”
If I can get an interview with Bowe, I’ll add his comments here.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk