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Sunday, April 16, 2023

We are heartbroken to share that long-time KFMG volunteer Kenn Bowen was killed in a motorcycle accident on Tuesday, April 11, 2023.

Our thoughts and love go out to Pat (his wife of 51 years), their three daughters (Jennifer, Amanda, Elizabeth) and their six grandkids. Kenn was 72. 

Kenn was the host of Where the Blacktop Ends, KFMG’s Alt-Country program on Monday nights, from 8 - 10 p.m. He called it “eclectic twang,” and it was almost any kind of music that was “country” or leaned in a country direction. Because Kenn and Pat were planning an excursion, he’d pre-recorded his next three shows. After discussing this with Pat, she and Gary Monte and I were all in agreement that we should share these three new shows. As Pat noted, Kenn worked HARD on his radio shows, and was appropriately proud of his work. As a tribute, we plan to share these shows.  We’ll discuss what will happen during that time slot in the next week or two, and will share the decision. 

Kenn was an important part of KFMG’s programming and announcing family and he will be missed very much. And not just because of his on-air work. He was a passionate supporter of ALL styles of music, and a generous supporter of KFMG. He was also a wonderful human being. 

Kenn and Pat Bowen

The family will receive visitors from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Monday, April 17, 2023 at Lensing Funeral Home in Iowa City. A Celebration of Life service will begin at noon. A light reception will follow at The Kirkwood Room in Iowa City.

KFMG sends a last “thank-you” to Kenn Bowen, and we send our thoughts and condolences to his family and his many friends.

In Sorrow,

Ron Sorenson

General Manager


Des Moines, IA

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