Goble leaving Chamber in bid for City Commission

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After 14 years at the helm of Richmond’s Chamber of Commerce, President Mendi Goble has tenured her resignation effective end of March.  Goble has officially filed to run for Richmond City Commission.  Ms. Goble tells WBON TV that she is pursuing the move to a larger role in government to help effectuate changes and influence the trajectory of City Government in a positive direction she feels there is much opportunity.


The Richmond Chamber Board has launched a national search for Goble’s replacement, through the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Goble says she will continue to be part of that process and help transition her replacement.  The window to apply for the job should be 1 to 2 weeks.


Mendi Goble added “It’s been an absolute honor to serve Richmond this way, to help and grow our business community. This is one the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make, and I will always love the Chamber and will always be a part of the Chamber and people and the City.”

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Kelly Wallingford is a Powell County Kentucky graduate of 1980, and the fall of that year, started his radio career as a evening DJ at WEKG/WJSN in Jackson, Ky, while attending Lee's Jr. College. The principles of WEKG/WJSN also owned WIRV-AM in Irvine, where Wallingford soon transitioned. Wallingford eventually bought in as a part owner of WIRV. He later bought out his partner and launched WCYO-FM "The Coyote" in 1992. In 1999, Wallingford acquired WEKY-AM, WKXO-AM, and WKXO-FM in Madison County. Soon, WKXO -FM was rebranded as 106.7 'The Dog'. In 2016, Wallingford added three more FM's to the company. 99.3 in Irvine, 92.5 in Richmond, and 103.5 in Berea. The companies growth and expansion has been extensive, and 2017 marks the transition into Richmond's first TV station, WBON-TV, as well as web, phone apps, and other digital media products for our clients in the greater Richmond area. Wallingford resides with his wife Bess on their Madison County farm, complete with cattle, horses, dogs and kitties.

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  1. It has been nice to reconnect with Kelly and learn more about what is happening in Madison County after being away for 35 years.

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