Lea Fountain started radio on the sales side of things for a small AM station in Vienna, Ga. The day she was hired for sales, she was asked to become a morning show co-host and has been ‘running her mouth live’ since 1999. When Lea is not on the air, you can catch her running around behind the scenes at Y96 making sure you hear only the best when you tune in!
Lea’s career in radio has led her to carry the title of Director of Programming for the 5-station conglomerate, which is State Broadcasting. She spends time creating, planning, producing and programming to make Y96 the country station you love to listen too.
Lea is most proud of her work with the Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon held annually on Y96 where she has had the chance to fall in love with some amazing children. It was because of her work with radiothon that Lea met some very brave kids diagnosed with childhood cancer. In 2007, one of those children lost her battle with cancer and that led Lea to become an advocate for this dreadful disease. In 09, along with the help of friends at a St. Baldrick’s event at the Dublin Mall, Lea created an event to raise funds for different childhood cancer organizations. Summer’s Concert in the Park is in its third year of production and held annually during Childhood Cancer Awareness month in September.
When she is not working, you will find Lea at home as a wife and mother of three amazing kids. Lea’s goal in life is to get the kids grown and retire with her husband Milton on a beach somewhere where she can spend every morning watching the sunrise.
DAVE GRAHAM *Afternoons 3p - 7p*
Born, raised, and partially educated right here. East Laurens County, Brewton, to be exact. Don't worry if you don't know where it is. I had a hard time finding my way back. But HERE is home. I've been a few places, big towns, almost big time. It's good to be home. As a matter of fact I started radio right here at one of our sister stations, headed off to get partially educated at that big college in Athens, wandered off to New Orleans and back. Left here again Atlanta bound. Like I said, almost made the big time.
Oh yeah, and Macon. Seems I've worked all my career to get back where I started. It's good to be home. In my travels I've met a lot of folks. Stars and legends. Important, powerful people. And I found most to be just folks, after all. But no matter where I went, I missed home folks. The way they wave at strangers, insist on feeding company, dress up on Sunday morning, and welcome a home boy back.
I'm not new here at Y-96 and State Broadcasting. You've heard my voice over the years on commercials when I was part of the Sales Staff. As a matter of fact, when Y-96 first went "country", I became the first country DJ on Y-96. So if I sound familiar, good. I've loved Country Radio for........a long time. Oh, and I'm home.
WHITNEY ALLEN *Nights 7p - 12m*
What did you want to be when you were 5? And really…what kid actually gets to be the astronaut, rockstar, explorer, or radio host?!? Whitney Allen, that’s who! Her parents bought her a red transistor radio (that she slept with under her pillow every night) and adopted her first cat, Thomasina (who slept with her every night.) That’s when she knew, it was radio or animals. Since she was better at talking than biology, she knew she was going to be on the radio. So at the age of 5, she set out to make it BIG.
When she’s not on the radio, or backstage at the biggest country concerts, Whitney loves the outdoors, redecorating, napping, and Mexico. Her furry kids, Paloma, Mattie and Flue (the dogs), and her too many cats keep her busy. Luckily, even without a degree in veterinary medicine, with the power of radio, she still gets to help animals through different charities. And, in keeping her promise to never sound like the girl that wants to steal your boyfriend, she’s got a man of her own.
TONY TAYLOR *Weekends*
Picture this. A young boy playing with a small record player and a stack of 45’s borrowed from his sister. The boy is introducing each song before he puts the needle down on each piece of vinyl. He imagines he is talking to his small town through a magical force he called radio. Some people may call it a dream. Others may call it just plain sad. But fast forward to now and that same boy is getting paid to perform that same magic. Instead of records, it’s computers and instead of make-believe, it’s a huge portion of Georgia every weekend on Hot Country Hits, Y-96!
Tony Taylor has always been a fan of country music. Growing up in the hometown of Patsy Cline – Winchester, VA – may have something to do with that. After holding down a couple of radio jobs during college, Tony’s first full-time radio gig was operations manager in Milledgeville, GA. Over twelve years, he learned the full spectrum that makes up the art and business of radio.
Tony Taylor has been an avid supporter of the American Cancer Society for over a decade. He will serve as event chair for its signature event, Relay For Life of Washington County in 2014. Get involved because Tony needs lots of volunteers to help!
In his spare time, Tony hangs out with his wife Stacey and son Bo. Over the years, they have both graciously put up with Tony’s crazy radio schedule of early mornings, late nights and a whole bunch of weekends. Many times people have asked Tony, “Why radio?” His simple response: “The mediocre looks, lack of athleticism and the ability to remember funny lines from every comedy made since 1972 led me straight to a life behind the microphone.”