MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia Radio Corporation veteran Hoppy Kercheval has signed a new 10-year agreement with the MetroNews Radio Network.

Kercheval, who has been with the radio company since his graduation from West Virginia University in 1976, is the host of “Metronews Talkline,” West Virginia’s most listened to talk show.

In making the announcement West Virginia Radio Corporation President Dale Miller said, “Through hard work, dedication, and talent Hoppy has become so much more than a talk show host—he is part of the fabric of this great state. We are very pleased that he has made the commitment to spend his entire career here and, in particular, with the company that he has helped build.”

“I’ve been blessed to be part of a wonderful company with strong values,” said Kercheval. “Working with John Raese and Dale Miller has made staying here easy. This is, and has always been, the job I wanted.”

Kercheval’s new deal runs through 2024. Hoppy, and his wife Karin, are avid world travelers and live in Morgantown. His son Ben Kercheval is a Big 12 Conference beat reporter for the Bleacher Report website and is based in Denton, Texas.

A native of Summit Point in Jefferson County, Kercheval began as a news anchor/reporter at WAJR in Morgantown while still attending West Virginia University. After graduating with honors from WVU, Kercheval took over as news director at WAJR and began carving an identity as one of the leading broadcasters in West Virginia.

A founding father of Metronews, Kercheval served as News Director until assuming the role of vice president of operations in 1991. In 1993, he created “Metronews Talkline,” which has become a signature program of the network.

“Hoppy’s gift of interviewing has made ‘Talkline’ a daily dose of must-listen radio for lawmakers and everyone interested in state politics and the day’s top news events,” Miller said

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  • Dave

    Good job Hoppy. Now how about airing some WVU games on the radio for the fans. You're still a Mountaineer aren't you Hoppy?

  • Melissa from Charleston

    Very glad to see this! Congratulations, Hoppy! I try to listen every day. You provide the best news coverage and I am glad to know that I'll get to hear it for at least 10 more years and hope for more.

  • jay zoom

    way to go hoppy. avid listener daily. to bad you can't be on from 12:00 to 3:00 pm as well. we would be better off. keep it up. thanks for interesting talk show daily.

  • WV77Steve

    Congrats! Well deserved.

  • North Central WV Lady

    Happy, Happy, Happy to have Hoppy, Hoppy, Hoppy for the next 10 years ! Congrats - your show is the best.

  • Mark

    Wow! This will mean nearly 50 years with the same radio group. Unheard of!!!

  • Randy

    Great news! I just wish making you finally write a book would be part of your contract.

  • Smokey

    This is great to hear..It means we have something good to listen to for another ten years.

    I consider Hoppy the voice of West Virginia.

  • John

    The funniest thing about the comments section of Metro News is that if you ever criticize John Raese the moderator won't post it. If Raese ever decides to run for anything in this state again I hope Oliver Luck runs against him. What a joke. Congratulations on working for the same company you always have for at least 10 more years Hop. Still not sure why this is a news story?

  • Billy

    Hoppy, did you get a contract like Holgy with guaranteed payment even if you are let go early?
    If you need any help counting your money, just email me. I will make myself available for a fee. Lol
    Congratulations, you earned it.

  • PMQ

    Congrats Hop to you and your family!! Keep up the great work!

  • Barry Bledsoe

    So glad to know that Hoppy will be continuing the quality programing that we have all come to love.

  • Brian

    Great to have you on the air for another 10 years! My WV experience just wouldn't be the same without hearing your voice .

  • Shannon

    Our day would be empty without Hoppy. We are blessed to have him in WV.

  • Herb Underwood

    Beyond the praise, how about some specifics about the contract? Salary, options on doing shows, interviews, connection to WVV outside the Raese compound, etc.