(Community Matters 28) Renk 1964-2023: Special Tribute Program Coming Together to Salute Longtime Radio Host

First Aired April 22, 2023

David Renkiewicz had been a successful businessman. But, he had a dream to become a radio talkshow host. He listened a lot; even called in to Battle Creek's WBCK during some local shows.

That was the start what led to a 16-year career on the air as “Live with Renk” – and, eventually, a simulcast in Kalamazoo and Lansing. He stepped away from radio in 2022 to work for 42nd District Representative Matt Hall (R-Richland Township).

Renk passed away April 17, 2023 after a short cancer fight.

In this episode, former WBCK Brand Manager Tim Collins talks about how that call-in as a listener led to Renk becoming a radio host, an unusual way to find future radio talent. Lakeview Ford's Vince Pavone also discusses Renk's appeal from a listener perspective.

A future tribute to Renk is being planned which will air on WBCK in the near future.

Episode Resources

Former WBCK Brand Manager Tim Collins Remembers Renk
Renk obituary


Former WBCK Morning Show host Richard Piet (2014-2017) returns to host Community Matters, an interview program focused on community leaders and newsmakers in and around Battle Creek. Community Matters is heard Saturdays, 8-8:30 AM Eastern on WBCK-FM (95.3) and anytime at battlecreekpodcast.com.

Community Matters is sponsored by Lakeview Ford Lincoln.

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