Stevie Ray

 

Steve "Stevie Ray" Hemann is an Owner and General Manager of Victory 93.7 Radio and Pastor of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Bradford.  Steve has been blessed to be a part of radio & TV in West Tennessee for nearly 40 years.  Morning shows on radio have been a part of his life in Jackson, Brownsville, Trenton and Milan since 1979. Stevie Ray has been broadcasting high school sports since the late Bill Haney gave him his first chance in the winter of '79. Although being blessed to be in television at WBBJ-TV in Jackson as well as Fayetteville, Arkansas and Joplin, Missouri, it is the chance to be a part of someone's morning and share the love of Christ that is most fulfilling.

 

Since being called to the Ministry, Steve has filled pulpits in several West Tennessee churches including staff positions at Northside Baptist in Milan, Clear Creek Baptist in Dyer and Mt. Pisgah Baptist in Bradford.  Steve is also on the Milan Chamber Board, served as President of the Milan Lions Club and looks forward to being on the Gibson County Commission this fall.  For seven years in the 1990's, Steve in-line skated across West Tennessee raising over $200,000 for LeBonheur Children's Medical Center in Memphis.  He is also a member of the Gibson County Sports Hall of Fame (1998) and Greater Gibson County Person of the Year (1996). 

While answering God's call behind the pulpit and microphone have been a wonderful blessing, so is the opportunity to be a husband, father and "granddaddy."  In 1980, Gibson County's biggest Notre Dame football and Blues hockey fan met and married former Milan Band clarinet player Janet West.  Eight years later, Jacob arrived on the scene followed by Benjamin in 1993. Both boys make their homes in Milan. A three year old granddaughter named Greenleigh Skye and a two year old grandson, Nash William, always leads Steve to say "If I would have known how great being a grandparent is, I would have by-passed the boys and went straight to the grand babies."

 

Steve's passion for his family, church, career and friends can be summed up in a conversation that took place years ago.  While deciding to decline an offer that would have returned the East St. Louis, Illinois native to the radio market he grew up in and loved, Steve was asked "Why would you not want to come back home."  His response:  "If I leave Gibson County, Tennessee, I would be leaving home."  

 

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