CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It takes a big team of people to pull off Election Night coverage on the MetroNews Radio Network and at wvmetronews.com.
“There’s so many people who go into making this night a huge success,” said Jodi Hart, human resources director for West Virginia Radio Corporation and tabulation coordinator for MetroNews Election Night coverage.
Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on West Virginia Primary Election Day.
MetroNews coverage of Decision 2018 begins at 7:06 p.m. Tuesday on the MetroNews Radio Network and at wvmetronews.com, but the preparation work for the numbers tabulation and reporting started weeks ago.
Stringers have been recruited to call in results to Morgantown several times every hour from the counting locations in each of the 55 counties.
“It’s very hectic, but it’s a lot of fun,” said Beth Broschart, the Tucker County stringer for MetroNews.
In Parsons, “Everybody gathers. It’s the place to be. There’s lots of food. Everybody who is running for office and their families, people who support them, everybody gathers there to get the results,” she said.
Marsha Kavalek with WEPM, a MetroNews affiliate, will spend Election Night at the Berkeley County Courthouse.
“It’s like our Super Bowl up here,” she said. “We’re very excited come Election Night, exhausted the next day, but excited Election Night.”
Woody Woodrum, a longtime Marshall University athletics broadcaster, has been stringing for MetroNews at the Cabell County Courthouse for more than a decade.
“Once you get about ten or 20 percent in, it’s kind of going slow and then, all of the sudden, 20, 30, 40,” Woodrum said with a laugh.
MetroNews Election Night coverage dates back to the 1990s.
“It’s a lot of fun and it’s a great way to get the results very quickly,” said Hart.