Letter to the Editor: Honoring Kenneth Moats
Published 4:48 pm Friday, January 14, 2022
By Allen Wilson
In a world where taking personal responsibility is becoming less
frequent and filled with personal greed, selfishness, and negativity, people
of Central Alabama can appreciate an existing and available resource that
gives daily encouragement and hope, especially for the needy.
WKLF Radio is delivered each day by people of faith. These are
ordinary people who have experienced common trials and disappointments
yet continue to believe that life is precious and unselfishly strive to give
thanks and serve others instead of believing that life has cheated them or
owes them. One of my favorite radio personalities, and people in general,
is Clanton native, Kenneth Moates. Brother Kenneth Moates is a proud
veteran and family man with Chilton County roots who hosts “Joy in the
Morning” on WKLF 95.5 Radio, Monday through Friday, 9 to 11 a.m.
Moats has been a longtime supporter and fan of WKLF Radio
and gospel music for many years regardless of whether it be southern,
bluegrass, or country gospel music.
Kenneth’s distinct and meaningful radio voice is the same on and off the air.
Like many local citizens, he too loves the outdoor recreation that our
state has to offer — hunting, fishing, gardening, etc. His good nature is not
determined by social classes or activities, it’s always the same, treating his
fellow man with kindness and respect. The number of local gospel singings
that Kenneth has assisted with over the previous years is countless. Like
so many other southern traditions, “Gospel Singin’s” are no longer as
popular or familiar as days gone by. There were times when an auditorium
or sanctuary would be packed with faithful people who not only enjoyed an
inspiring tenor or bass voice but also attended a singing hoping to gain a
little relief from life’s uncertainty. The same type of people who put their
trust in God hoping to gain additional strength to fight the next day’s battle.
In addition to providing your favorite gospel tunes, Brother Kenneth
shares and delivers a daily message of hope and inspiration, in the same
fashion he would if sitting in a deer stand, on a boat, on a back porch, or
while breaking bread with a neighbor. Kenneth is very much like one of his
relatives and my personal friend and pastor, Wayne Hughes, The Church at
Bethel. The only difference between these two men is that Wayne may be
flying an airplane while providing inspiration or sharing scripture with those
in the cockpit or on the ground.
Wayne’s father, Junior Hughes, was another great and special person
who rarely allowed life to dictate his mood or behaviors. In all situations,
Junior was never rattled and remained calm, often being unintentionally
hilarious. Laughter is a great medicine.
Just like others who have walked this earth, Kenneth has suffered
loss, experienced hardship and disappointment but chooses to get up one
more time and share good things with radio land or while partaking in
simple and ordinary activities. An unbeliever cannot comprehend this
mindset because they do not see the big picture. Mankind has a daily
choice, to enjoy or make the best of bad circumstances every day that God
gives them or to be selfishly angry at the world. Too often, people waste
their limited earthly time dwelling in the past with a poor disposition all
because of an unmet need or being hurt. In the days ahead, may we all
create a selfless and caring mindset, so we can appreciate others while not
being afraid to express sincere thoughts and feelings to one another.
Today, I choose to recognize Kenneth Moates and members of his family.
May their influence make us better people.