Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

SurfKY’s Paul McRee Remembers Local Legend

reike 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (7/11/13) – Few if any members of the business community in Owensboro or the tri-state don’t know the name of Kevin Riecke.

When Kevin passed away earlier this week, it was hard for many of us who knew him and worked with him in radio over the decades, to imagine him gone. Kevin was just one of those people who was bursting with energy and positive attitude, in every situation.

During the time I worked with Kevin, I learned something very quickly. Kevin had a sincere passion for making sure radio served its original purpose: to entertain and, much more importantly, to inform the public each and every day of what was happening in our community. When I worked under Kevin's supervision, even though I had been in the business for over 20 years, he taught me many valuable lessons in how to make a station a success. His method was simple: local, local, local!

If a non-profit group, or someone in need, entered the doors of our station, Kevin took that as a sign that action should be taken to help, whether it was United Way, The American Cancer Society, the scouts, a regional blood drive, or any other group you could think of.

Kevin had a true passion for using the airwaves for the good of those in need in the community, and his commitment was unstoppable. When the group of radio stations where we worked covered events such as the Daviess County Fair, or the International Barbecue Festival, Relay for Life or Jerry's Kids. Whatever the need, Kevin stepped up, did the hard work, and somehow still had time to write and record commercials, and to go out and hit the street selling radio ads. Kevin lead by example and his example never faltered.

One thing you seldom saw was Kevin sitting down. He was, it seemed, always in motion, always focusing on what needed to be done, and he spread that enthusiasm to our staff. He continually spread his love of Owensboro and Daviess County through acts of kindness, and the many of us who worked with him could not help but share in his passion to always work constructively in the community.

As we say "Goodbye" to a man who managed to put his wife and five children first, even while working at a dedicated pace hard to match, one can sum up Kevin as a dedicated husband and father, a hard working member of the tri-state media and the community at large, not just in Owensboro but across the state. And for me personally, Kevin was someone who taught me that if you are going to do a job, no matter what it is, give it your all, and always settle for nothing less than your very best.

This was, in my eyes, the creed that Kevin lived by, and the legacy he leaves us all. Owensboro will not be the same without his smile, his endless amount of energy, and his deep faith in God.

Kevin, you will be missed.

Paul McRee
SurfKY News

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

button coupons
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
button classifieds

In Other News...

Burrough: Tech Center Construction on Schedule

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (01/23/15) ― Hopkins County Schools Career and Technology Center construction is on target at its… Read More

March 20-22 Women's Retreat: 'Holiness in Family Life'

OWENSBORO, Ky. (1/25/15) — "Holiness in Family Life: Lessons from Saint Monica and Elisabeth Leseur" will be the focus… Read More
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

Most Read This Week

January 19, 2015 9047

Two-Year-Old Child Dies after Being Struck by…

in Top News For All Sites by Paul Ray
January 19, 2015 8912

UPDATE - Lady Mustangs Fall to South Warren

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Steve LeMaster
January 23, 2015 7738

Local Church's Faith Restored; 71 Souls Saved…

in Video by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
January 22, 2015 6843

Nortonville Man Accused of Selling Drugs near…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail
January 20, 2015 6731

Bridal, Prom, Pageant Expo Planned for February…

in Hopkins News by Dana Brown
January 23, 2015 5432

Parents Face Charges after Marijuana Joint Falls…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail
January 21, 2015 5359

KYDOT Pre-Treating Roads Thursday in Antipation…

in Top News For All Sites by Keith Todd
January 22, 2015 4826

MCEA Head: Further School Mergers Might Ease…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
January 21, 2015 4720

Man Arrested after Allegedly Nodding off on Baby…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail
January 18, 2015 4358

Single Vehicle Injury Collision On Cleaton Road

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Stu Recke, KSP

Stories Trending Today

January 25, 2015 2811

Dean’s List Announced

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Joyce Riggs
January 23, 2015 2328

School Board Hears Public Comments Regarding…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
January 24, 2015 1918

Five Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Chris E. King
January 24, 2015 1570

Happenings, Meetings Listed for Hopkins County

in Hopkins News by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
January 24, 2015 1567

PSC Bars $54 Million in Kentucky Power Fuel Cost…

in General News For All Sites by Andrew Melnykovych
January 25, 2015 1556

UPDATE: Two Die, Two Injured in Two-Vehicle…

in Local (Owensboro) Top News by Dispatcher Dustin Staves
January 24, 2015 1539

Kentucky 2014 Highway Fatality Figures Released

in General News For All Sites by Keith Todd
January 24, 2015 1442

Keeping the Faith - 'What It's Good For'

in General News For All Sites by Ronnie McBrayer
January 24, 2015 1356

Busting the Myths of Leadership

in General News For All Sites by David Taylor
January 24, 2015 1250

Hooked on Science - Feather Balance

in General News For All Sites by Jason Lindsey

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
Corporate Office & Studio
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flr subscribevideoitunessocial rss