Alene Owens, the voice of “The Downhome Gospel” radio show, on KMVL 1220AM Sunday mornings from 9:05-10am will be signing off the airwaves after hosting the show for over 20 years.
Born 84 years ago in Nacogdoches, Miss Alene and her family moved to Madisonville in 1976. She began working as an assistant co-host (basically a gopher, in her words) for the Gospel show. When the host of the show moved away and left the position available, Leon Hunt, KMVL owner and Deacon at First Baptist Church Madisonville, urged Alene to accept the position.
Miss Alene admittedly knew nothing about the business or hosting a show on her own. She says she had hardly paid attention to the host duties since her job was to do the things she was told and was not responsible for any thing else.
“But, I guess Leon saw something in me that I didn’t even see in myself,” Miss Alene reflected. “I thank Mr. Hunt for taking a chance on an unknown name like me and patiently working through my inexperience.”
Miss Alene has fond memories of all the people that have supported her show throughout the years. She said it meant a lot to her to be out in town and have listeners approach her to say how much they appreciated the words she had spoken on her show. She was always blessed to see how God had used her in people lives through the program.
She feels the Lord leading her to share the stage with the younger generation and move on to pursue other passions in her life that had taken a back seat. Miss Alene is a member of Lakeview Missionary Baptist Church and looks forward to being more involved in her position as Superintendent of her Sunday School Class and becoming more involved in the Women’s Bible Class. She also participates in a prayer band that meets 4 mornings a week and has nine great grandchildren that she looks forward to spending more time with.
Miss Alene will officially sign off the air and pass the microphone to her successor, Towanda Webber on the first Sunday in April, the 2nd.
Owens and Webber met through their diligence in seeking the Lord’s work. Towanda Webber is excited to share in the success of Miss Alene’s radio show and hopes to take it to new heights in the power of the Holy Spirit. It is not her intention to fill the shoes left behind but to stand beside and press ahead to the glory of God.
Miss Alene says, “Thanks to all my listeners for being so faithful and to Leon Hunt and crew for taking her over the rough spots. I would like to thank my Heavenly Father for giving me the strength to continue on this long and to Ms. Webber for taking the program to another level in the name of Jesus.”