Joe Lowe is Named Grand Marshal
The parade committee has basically two guides lines that we follow when selecting a Grand Marshal. The nominee must have contributed something positive to Owensboro, or the nominee must have put Owensboro “on the map” in a positive way.
Joe Lowe certainly met both of those guide lines!
Joe was best known for his distinct voice as the host of the Joe Lowe Morning Show on 1490 WOMI – it was truly the
heartbeat of Owensboro. He also was a philanthropist, traveler, Monster Truck emcee, devoted family man, owner of Joe Lowe Productions, political activist, Guy Fieri doppleganger, avid Gambrinus patron and radio legend.
Joe came to Owensboro and started at WVJS in September of 1972. He worked there as well as at WOMI and WBIO. Joe did mornings at WVJS from 1972-2002. Around 1977 when the Executive Inn opened Joe formed Joe Lowe Productions which remained active until his death. While at the Executive Inn Joe introduced virtually every major performer in the entertainment business that appeared in the Showroom Lounge until its closing. For a number of years, Joe was chairman of the Daviess County Republican party and was a member of the Owensboro Airport board. He also spent over 30 years as an emcee for Feld Motorsports Monster Truck Shows. He traveled the U.S. and overseas in that capacity.
Joe was most recently honored as the Broadcast Journalist Winner of the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 2012 Communications Awards.
He and his wife Kathy married in 1971 and have two children, Sandy of Owensboro and Karen of North Carolina. His granddaughter, Brittani, also lives with Joe and Kathy.
Joe never met a stranger – even if it was your first time meeting him, you felt like you knew him for years.
“I can’t begin to tell you how much I’ll miss that booming voice down the hallway; the joking and teasing EVERY time he saw me; the words of encouragement and praise he would send me periodically via email. On behalf of our team, our deepest sympathies to his family.” -LaDonne Craig, Townsquare Media EV/OW General Manager
“Elaine and I are deeply saddened to learn of Joe Lowe’s passing. I have known Joe for many years; he was a radio
legend. I always enjoyed our conversations live on the air on WOMI and listening to his show during my travels through the region. Joe truly loved his community and he was an important voice for Owensboro and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. I join the people of Owensboro and Daviess County in mourning this great man. My thoughts go out to his wife, Kathy, his daughters, and his grandchildren. He will be missed.” – Washington, DC – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell
The Joe Lowe voice has represented some of the finest names in the World including: Sega, Valvoline, 1-800-Collect/MCI, Chrysler Corp, Adelphia Communications, ESPN, ESPN II, SFX Entertainment, US Hot Rod Association, Peterson Publishing, Cox Communications, and The Nashville Network
Joe Lowe has added excitement to live events across America, including the following locations:
Madison Square Garden, Greater Phoenix Air and Motor Spectacular, Houston Astrodome, Pontiac Silverdome, Georgia Dome, Tampa Stadium, Qualcom Stadium, Texas Stadium, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Vancouver’s B.B. Place, Los Angeles Coliseum, and Nashville Arena
Groups and Associations:
WKWC 90.3 college radio station, board member
Owensboro Daviess Regional Airport, board member
Member Mayor’s Cable Advisory Board
Member Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce
Member Republican Party
Member United States Hot Rod Assn
Member Right to Life
Member Prison Ministry
Member Fathers Matter
Honors and Awards:
Past President Owensboro Jaycees
Past Chairman Daviess Co. Republican Party
Past Chairman Big Rivers Chapter American Red Cross
Past board member Boulware Center
Broadcast Journalist Winner of the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 2012 Communications Awards
Grand Marshal Nominations Requested for 2013 Parade
We are currently accepting your nominations for Grand Marshal. The requirements for being a Grand Marshal are as follows:
- The nominee must have contributed something positive to Owensboro;
- or must have put Owensboro “on the map” in a positive light.
Visit the ‘Contact Us’ page to submit your nomination for Grand Marshal.