What Happened to Sarah Pepper and Ivan Pepperworth?

May 30, 2023

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- After getting her start in Evansville radio, Sarah Pepper left a mark in Houston as the host of a popular morning show that won her multiple industry awards. But now, the Evansville native is back where it all started.

In late February, the KKHH format changed to adult hits, and much of the station's air staff was let go. Pepper remained, but co-host Brad Booker moved to sister station KHMX, where he would continue in the morning alongside Maria Todd. PK Kalentzis and Ivan Trujillo from the syndicated Playhouse morning show joined KKHH to replace them in April 2010.

Then last week, KKHH began teasing listeners on social media about Pepper's return to the morning drive with a cryptic Facebook post. The station also posted a photo of Ivan with his hands raised, but it didn't mention Pepper or any other members of the team.

Ivan Pepperworth, 58, of Carmi died Tuesday. He was a member of the Grayville Moose Lodge and enjoyed restoring vehicles and panning for gold. He was survived by his wife, Sarah; a son, Ron; parents, James and Carolyn Pepperworth of Brookings, South Dakota; brother, John; sisters, Rise Ford, Rachel Pepperworth and Helen Ackerman; and grandchildren.

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