Louisiana born, but Oklahoma bred. Lee Matthews has been in the radio business since 1982 both behind the mike, behind the scenes and in most all formats. "Talk Radio is my favorite format because it is the one format left that still reaches the listener one on one", Lee said.
One of Lee's favorite charities is the Leukemia Lymphoma society. "Working with the late Mark Shannon tought me a lot about living. If dancing around Bricktown stark naked would help raise money to find a cure for that terrible disease then I'll do it!". Frequently you will see Lee running in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, and other local races, in Mark's honor raising money for the cause.
Lee's other hobbies include cooking, music, scuba diving, model railroading, antique clocks, and playing the ukulele. "Nothing bad can happen to you when you are playing a ukulele", he said.
Lee's mom is from Louisiana, but his father and father's family hails from Seminole and Maud; which is why you will frequently hear him reference it on the air. "I have a grand aunt that once said at a gathering, 'Maud, I sure do love that little town!' and it has become a family joke I use on the air".
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Just some of the messages I recieved this weekend:
-Type in "Bath Michigan school massacre". It's the worst massacre in US history. 1927. He used a bomb. I am saying this due to gun control issues already being talked about. I am on law enforcement also. -Keith
-A tragic day. Instead of gun control why not let every US citizen carry
no matter where they are? -Martin
-. . . Well, that's it. Time to ban kindergarten. . . -Mel
-We spend so much time trying to disarm law abiding citizens than when events like thus happen, the
loss of life is so much higher than it needs to be. Criminals will get guns regardless, they do not follow the law thus the name criminal, so why not let law abiding citizens the power to maybe have stopped this guy.
It Isn't Our Gun Policy-It is our Mental Health Policy!
Nearly everyone asked about the shooter described him as "troubled", and having a difficult time dealing with a form of autism. One report quotes his mother as saying at some time she felt she was "losting him". If there is any relief in the incident at least we are hearing the truth. I have grown weary of hearing, "He was always such a good boy".
This is the third shooting in a row that involved someone with suspected mental problems. Instead of stricter gun laws on we law abiding and mostly sane citizens; how about tougher, stricter laws and regulations on mental health professionals? What if we registered all mental health professionals with the FBI, requiring a background check before they may practice? What if we required strict monitoring of each and every patient they see, drugs they administer, progress of the patients under their care? If we know so little about mental illness why? Why don't we take all the focus on gun control and put it into mental health control?
P.S. . . If you want and AR-15 any time soon I would put one on layaway as soon as possible!