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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  • Joe

    Congratulations, Hop!

    Truly, you are a state treasure.

    Also, you must be very proud of your son. His radio reports are already excellent and he has your same style.

    Seems like only yesterday that Ben and my daughter were having their first communion at St. Mary.



  • Listener

    West Virginia's anchorman!

  • The bookman

    Congrats Hoppy, and I look forward to the next ten years. Maybe with the extra few years we'll be able to drift your views a little further to the right! Ha ha!

  • John C Casey

    Looking forward to many years of talk line with you Hoppy!


  • Lynn Caseman

    Glad to have you for 10 more years!

  • DWM

    Wishing you the best, thanks for what you bring to our state every day.

  • leroy j gibbs

    congrats Hoppy!

  • Ed Wouldn't

    Congratulations Hoppy!

    Hope Obama likes his 50% of the contract ...

  • Janet

    Congrats, Hoppy! Listen to your show every day - wouldn't miss it!

  • CaptainQ


    Talkline just wouldn't be the same without him!

    Nice to see WV Radio Corp. making a smart move like this. Even the owner ('the one that shall not be named') should be rejoicing at this development!

    Though many times Hoppy and I have our differences of opinion, I have a great respect for him as a newscaster and radio personality.

  • john

    Congratulations! Hoppy, We are happy to hear this as you have always done a great job and am sure you will continue...Good news for a change..

  • Frank & Helen Tsutras

    Best wishes Hoppy for another successful role at WV Radio Corporation and Metronoews Talkline. Keep up the good work.
    Frank & Helen Tsutras, 6264 Glenwilton Lane, Williamsburg, VA. Hometown, Williamson, Mingo County, Graduate WVU.

  • Mark Martin

    Congrats Hoppy.

  • Bruiser

    Great News, we enjoy Hoppy and our only complaint is there are not enough stations in the Northern Panhandle that cover his show. Wish that would change. Thanks

  • Joe Parsons

    Hoppy is the consumate professional and it is an honor to be able to work with him and to call him my friend. Congratulations and thank you for all that you do for West Virginia and MetroNews.