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WHKP adds morning host, new football broadcast team

WHKP announced that it is adding longtime local broadcaster Randy Houston to its morning show and replacing its Friday night high school football game coverage with a new father-son team.

Starting Monday, May 19, former WTZQ broadcaster Randy Houston will be waking up local folks on WHKP-AM 1450. Houston, whose has been heard on Western North Carolina radio since the 1960s, will host the "classic country" show from 5 to 6 a.m., start the morning show from 6 to 7 weekday mornings and cohost the remainder of the morning with Jerry May.
"As a Western North Carolina native and familiar 'voice,' Randy brings a lot of local knowledge to our station and neighborly comfort to our listeners, which underscores WHKP's continuing an complete commitment to local service," said WHKP program director Larry Freeman.
Sports Director Richard Rhodes also announced a new broadcast team for WHKP's coverage of high school football games starting in August. Play-by-play will be handled by Beau Lovelace with color commentary by Beau's son, Luke. The retired Hendersonville fire chief, Lovelace also has an extensive background in broadcasting and sports coverage.
"Since WHKP was the first to bring high school sports to the airwaves in Henderson County well over six decades ago, with such outstanding announcers as Ray Reeves, Charlie Renfro and others, we're proud that WHKP is continuing the tradition by bringing our listeners and sponsors this father-son combo of expert game coverage starting in August," Rhodes said.