D.J. Everett III, 67, Deepwood Drive, Hopkinsville, died at 4:31 p.m. Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Jennie Stuart Medical Center in Hopkinsville after a long illness.
A memorial service celebrating the life of D.J. will be held Thursday, February 26, 2015 at First United Methodist Church in Hopkinsville conducted by Rev. Paige S. Williams.
Hughart, Beard & Giles Funeral Home in Hopkinsville is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the service hour of 2:00 p.m. on Thursday at the church.
A native of Hopkinsville born June 4, 1947, he was the son of the late D.J., Jr. and Mary Cox Everett. He had attended First United Methodist Church in Hopkinsville.
Survivors include his wife Beth of Hopkinsville.
. When he was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 2012, D.J. Everett was described as a radio broadcaster and businessman who always placed a strong emphasis on news coverage. DJ was presented the Kentucky Mic Award from the Kentucky Broadcasters Association in 2007, and he led WKDZ-FM to win the Marconi Small Market Station of the Year Award in 2002 and 2013. He also led WKDZ-FM to receive the 2013 National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Award for Community Service. WKDZ was the first Kentucky station to receive the Marconi Award and was the only station to ever receive both the Marconi and Crystal Awards in the same year.
Under DJ’s direction, WHVO, the former WKOA, has received numerous awards from
national, state and local organizations for both news coverage and community
DJ is a 1969 graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he
majored in journalism and political science. He also served as News Director of
the student station WBKY. He was one of the first students to intern with WAVE
Radio and TV in Louisville.
DJ began his professional career at WHOP, working with well-known newsman Hank Lindsey and training longtime News Director the late Jim Love. DJ was the first Kentucky news director to win five Associated Press awards in one year. DJ also managed the University of Kentucky Broadcast Network and served as the original Manager of WKAG-TV-43 in Hopkinsville. And he served two terms as President of the Community Broadcasters Association.
DJ is being remembered fondly by many of those he has worked
with during his career that began in 1969. Veretan Broadcaster and former Voice
of the Kentucky Wildcats Ralph Hacker says he admired DJ for his work in the
Kentucky Broadcast Association Executive Director Gary White says DJ will be
remembered for his work in news.
Fellow broadcaster Carl Nathe, who hosts the UK at the Half program during the
University of Kentucky sports broadcast, says DJ was truly one of a kind.
Life-long friend Chuck Henderson says DJ always had a love of broadcasting.
Henderson also described DJ as a pioneer in low power television while he served
as General Manager of TV-43 in Hopkinsville.
Henderson adds the broadcast community will feel the loss of DJ Everett.
Longtime friend and fellow broadcaster Boyd Clark remembers his friendship with
DJ from the time they met at the Pennyroyal Fair in Hopkinsville in the
1960′s. Boyd says he will also remember the impact DJ had on broadcasting.
DJ’s favorite News events to report about were national, state and local
elections, with his next to last broadcast Nov. 4, 2014, as a part of the
WKDZ-WHVO Election Edge.
DJ was also one of the best on-the-scene reporters in the business, and would
often provide live breaking news coverage from a scene such as this report from
Hopkinsville in 2010.
DJ was not only a great news man, but also a great teacher and friend to many in
the business. His contributions, whether it be an afternoon discussion about
local politics or showing the news department how to write more efficiently,
will be greatly missed.