The Team

Kenneth Forte is the Co-Owner and President of R&F Communications, Inc. the parent company of 101.5 FM and WDKN 1260 AM and RFCSports Network Radio Stations in Dickson, Tennessee. In 2009 along with his wife (Lori Forte) he formed R&F Communications, Inc. to purchase Dickson’s heritage station WDKN 1260 AM and two years later translator frequency 101.5 FM.  He is a 2016 Graduate of National Association of Broadcasters’ Leadership Training Program and currently serves as a board member of Tennessee Association of Broadcasters.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Dickson and is a graduate of Leadership Dickson.  A native of Little Rock, Arkansas and graduate of Harding University and received an MBA from University of Phoenix Nashville Campus. Kenneth can be reached at kwforte@wdkn.com.

Robert Freeman was born and raised right here in Dickson before moving to the Columbus, Indiana (with his cats) to put down roots and continue his career in radio. along the way he met the sweetest woman who agreed to be his wife. Now they’re coming home to Dickson to raise their first baby who’s due in May. Freeman loves Jesus, his wife, music, cooking, sweet tea and serving his community. In his free time you can catch him cheering for Vanderbilt, the Titans, and anyone playing the Vols. Hear him every day, 6-10 on 101.5 The One and WDKN.

Emily Blackmarr is our News Reporter and On-Air Personality. She was born in Mississippi, but raised right here in Dickson County. She graduated from Freed-Hardman University with a degree in Communications (Public Relations emphasis) and a minor in English and Marketing. Her passions include Ole Miss football, the Nashville Predators and tennis! She loves building relationships throughout the community and is excited for the opportunity WDKN gives her to do just that! If you know of any news worthy stories that we need to know about, Emily can be reached at eblackmarr@wdkn.com.

Colin Castleberry is our Sports Director here at WDKN. He was born in Knoxville and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Journalism and Electronic Media and a minor in Theatre. Although he spent most of his life in Cleveland, Tennessee, he considers Knoxville to be home. He played a fair amount of sports growing up that he believes drove his passion for sports commentary. He loves interacting with people and can always be found around Main Street grabbing coffee at House Blend or lunch at one of the few tasty restaurants. He’s excited to be in Dickson County and calling for Creek Wood sports. “Go Red Hawks!”  Tune in on Wednesday nights at 6pm for The RFC Sports Hour, and every Monday night at 6pm for the 1260 Sports Roundtable. Have any story ideas? Shoot him an email at ccastleberry@wdkn.com.

Richie Giardelli grew up in Bloomfield, NJ graduating from Bloomfield High School. He would go on to attend Ramapo College, where he played Golf and ultimately served as the Assistant Golf Professional at Hampton Country Club in Easton, PA. He went back to school at Bible Baptist School of Theology, in Westchest, PA and became the Assistant Pastor at Grace Baptist Church in White Hall, PA. After all those years up North, he made a decision to move South to TN where he is now a Producer/On Air/ Gospel Sunday Host for 101.5 the one and WDKN and has been a part of this team since 2010.

Rachel Holt graduated with the class of 2005 at Dickson County High School. In 2009 she became a medical assistant and worked in the nursing field for several years. Rachel then began working at 101.5 The One and WDKN in 2017 and has enjoyed being involved in the radio. In her free time, she enjoys reading true crime novels and spending time with her family. Email Rachel at rholt@wdkn.com with questions about the station or advertising.