WECO Staff

 

 

 

 

Ed Knight - General/Sales Manager
Ed Knight – General Manager / Sales Manager

Ed Knight has been with WECO since 1974. Ed is a part of the ownership group along with his two sons Brad & Andrew Knight. Ed oversees day to day operations, advertising sales, promotions, plus the on-air scheduling of Nascar, Tennessee Sports, and High School Sports.

Ed and his wife Susan have been married for forty-four years. They have two sons and daughters-in-law, Brad & Becky Knight along with Andrew and Kristen Knight. They are the proud grandparents of Tinsley Rose Knight.

Ed enjoys officiating high school basketball, umpiring college baseball and golfing.

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Andrew Knight - Assistant GM/Sales Manager
Andrew Knight – Assistant GM/Sales Manager

Andrew Knight has been with the company since 2017 and is a part of the ownership group and serves as Assistant GM/Sales Manager. He’s also a member of the sports broadcast team providing play-by-play and color commentary for high school football and basketball broadcasts. 

Andrew is a 2004 graduate of Central High School in Wartburg and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Tennessee Tech in 2009. Andrew and his wife Kristen live in Oliver Springs. They have a dog named Ivy Lou. 

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Kristen Knight - Office Manager
Kristen Knight – Office Manager

Kristen Knight has been with WECO since 2019 and serves as Office Manager and oversees billing, payroll and accounting procedures.

Kristen spent over nine years in the medical field prior to joining the WECO staff. She received her Bachelors Degree in Interdiscplinary Studies from Tennessee Tech in 2019.

She has been married to Andrew Knight for five years and enjoys being outdoors, spending time with family and playing with her rambunctious dog Ivy Lou.

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Dennis Willard (DW) - Afternoon Drive / Sales Associate - WECO Staff
Dennis Willard (DW) – Afternoon Drive / Sales Associate

Dennis Willard (DW) a native of Powell, Tennessee has been with WECO since 1989.

DW is Afternoon Drive host and can be heard weekdays from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm. He also serves as a Sales Account Manager.

Dennis has worked at many different radio stations over the years including a station in Florida as well as WEZK and WITA in Knoxville, WATO, and WORI in Oak Ridge and WWBR in Harriman, before coming on-board at WECO.

Dennis and his wife Denise reside in Wartburg. They have two grown children, Micaleah and Tasia along with five grandchildren, Brayden, Layton, Sebastian, Riley, and Wren.

A music enthusiast and singer/performer/songwriter in his own right, DW is a member of Exodus, a Contemporary Christian group who performed in the 80’s with their album “The Turning Point.”

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Brad Byrd - Morning Drive / Media Manager - WECO STaff
Brad Byrd – Morning Drive / Operations Manager

Brad Byrd is a native of Lancing, Tennessee and is a 1981 graduate of Central High School in Wartburg. He is a 1982 graduate of the Professional Academy of Broadcasting in Knoxville.

Brad is on his second tour of duty at WECO, having worked from 1988 until 1997 and most recently from 2010 to present. He is host of the Early Byrd Morning Show on 101.3 FM WECO and is on the air from 6:30am until 10:30am weekdays. His real job begins after his air-shift as he serves as Operations Manager and Website Administrator.

Brad got his start in radio at WORI AM 1550 in Oak Ridge and later moved up to WOKI FM 100.3 where he worked various on-air time slots and also worked as a mobile DJ for the WOKI Sound Machine. Brad has also worked multiple on-air slots at other Knoxville radio stations including the legendary WNOX, WNKX, and WTNZ. He has also had DJ stints at Knoxville area nightclubs including Nirt & Girty’s, Desperado and Cotton Eyed Joe.

A dirt racing enthusiast, Brad has had numerous announcing stints at area race tracks including Wartburg Speedway, Big South Fork Raceway, Scenic Raceway, Tennessee Motor Speedway, Atomic Speedway and is currently the Track Announcer at Smoky Mountain Speedway. He briefly raced a dirt late model in the late 90’s. Brad founded the former Tennessee Thunder DirtCar Series and most recently worked as Series Director for the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series.

Brad and his wife, Buffy live in Clarkrange with their long-haired Miniature Dachshund, Sir Bentley. They have a son Zachary. Brad also has a son (deceased) Brad Byrd II who  passed away tragically following a car accident that also claimed the lives of three other individuals in 2001.

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Dustin Bonham - Morning Gospel DJ/Traffic Director
Dustin Bonham – Morning Gospel DJ/Traffic Director

Dustin Bonham has been with WECO since 2013 and serves as Morning DJ on our Solid Gospel station, AM 940/FM 95.5 WECO. He also serves as Traffic Director in charge of scheduling commercials and sports broadcasts and editing daily logs on both stations. He is also a member of the sales team.

Dustin is the pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Wartburg and coaches the middle and high school boys basketball teams at Mt. Pisgah Christian Academy in Oliver Springs. Dustin and his wife Kellie live in Wartburg and have two children, Micah and Lorelai.

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Goose Lindsay - News Director/Trade Time Host
Goose Lindsay – News Director/Trade Time Host

Goose Lindsay is the most recent addition to the WECO staff and has been with the company since November of 2019.

Goose serves as News Director and is the host of Trade Time along with providing color commentary for high school basketball broadcasts.

Before joining WECO, Goose worked in the print media for Roane Newspapers for 18 years. During that time, he was the editor at Morgan County News for two years.

Goose is a native of Oakdale and has been married to his wife, Dee Ann, for 28 years. They have one son, Michael.

You can hear Goose’s newscasts at 7am, 8am, Noon, 4pm and 5pm weekdays.