On-Air Personalities

Rick Brooks

Rick Brooks is the morning voice on WLIK.  Join the fun, commentary, news, giveaways and down home humor.

Rick began his broadcasting career in Cordele, Ga. in 1972.  He joined the Air Force in 1974 and worked with the American Forces Radio.  Returning to civilian life in 1978, Brooks worked for radio stations in Kingsport while earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcasting/Mass Communications from East Tennessee State University.  Working at WKPT- TV in Kingsport following his graduation, Brooks was a TV News Anchor and Assignment Editor.

In 1985 he made the jump back to radio in Morristown, Tennessee as News and Sports Director at WCRK Radio where we won over 35 First Place News and Sports Awards from the Associated Press.

Rick has been here at WLIK since 2004 and WLIK has been selected many times as Newport’s “Favorite Radio Station” by readers of the Newport Plain Talk.   Email: rick@wlik.net


Other Staff Members

Angela Wilkerson

Angie joined WLIK in 2000 and is a third generation part of the family that started WLIK in 1954.  Angie has worked  ”on the air “  although does not do a regular air shift now.  Angie directs day to day operations and computer and internet technology.  She would also be happy to help you plan your advertising campaign as well.  Angie is a music collector,plants her own garden each year and loves to go camping.    Email: angela@wlik.net


Johnnie Swann

Johnnie began with WLIK in 1970.  Johnnie manages the office and all clerical jobs as well as staff assistant to help in a number of areas around the station.  Johnnie is a proficient typist and handles billing – banking and all governmental related issues.  Johnnie has one daughter, Vanessa.   Johnnie enjoys teaching her Sunday School Class, reading her Kindle and traveling.  Email: johnnie@wilk.net


Lizzy Livingston

In it’s sixty years WLIK takes pride in training and placing high school students in places they can learn radio and responsibility.  Currently Lizzy Livingston works part time on weekends and handles our sports broadcasts.   Lizzy is a senior at Cocke County High School  and  takes pride in presenting many of our religious broadcast.


Dwight Wilkerson

Dwight Wilkerson is WLIK President.   Dwight has worked in the family owned business since 1960.  Dwight came to Newport in 1963 and has worked “on the air” many hours although not at the present.  The announcing work now is mainly voicing commercials as well as advertising.  The biggest change in 53 years of radio has  been the advent of the computer.  Dwight has served two times on the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors.   Dwight has three daughters Michelle, Angie and Tiffany and one granddaughter, Hailey.  Dwight’s hobbies are collecting vinyl records and traveling.