About Us

Keep Your Message on the Move

Your customers are in constant motion. Radio and Internet are the mediums that follows them throughout the day – from the bedside radio alarm in the morning to their computers at home and at work and even through drive-thru window on the way home from work. Radio and Online advertising is the most cost efficient and effective way of getting your message to all your potential customers in West Virginia.

The Voice of West Virginia

MetroNews is the only true statewide medium. We are West Virginia’s only news, talk and sports network providing you the ability to reach nearly all of West Virginia through a single source. MetroNews and wvmetronews.com is where West Virginians tune for compelling news and information, statewide talk programming, high school sports, Mountaineer sports and much more. Whether discussing current events with Hoppy Kercheval or the latest Mountaineer football game with Tony Caridi and Coach Dana Holgorsen, listeners feel at home with the MetroNews broadcast team.

We’ve Got You Covered

MetroNews can get your message to listeners in all 55 counties in West Virginia and beyond at a fraction of what it costs to buy stations individually. With nearly 60% of the state’s population living outside the metropolitan areas, reaching your potential customers can be very difficult. Every week MetroNews reaches nearly one million West Virginians with great radio stations both in the metro areas as well as those hard to reach rural areas where local television is spotty at best and newspapers may be nonexistent. Our user friendly website wvmetronews.com has an average of more than 260,000 unique visitors every month giving you a tremendous opportunity to not only allow your potential customers to hear your message but also see your products first hand. This interactive medium puts the people of West Virginia and world-wide only a click away from your business.

Border-to-Border Coverage Made Easy

Just as ABC, NBC and CBS broadcast national news coast to coast to their affiliate stations, MetroNews broadcasts border-to-border to our affiliate stations in West Virginia. That’s the essence of a state radio network, and we are the largest, per capita reached, state radio network in America. With MetroNews, all it takes is one call to achieve statewide results. MetroNews IS the voice of West Virginia.

Not Just News and Sports

In addition 13 updated newscasts every hour and 3 updated sportscasts daily, which are heard statewide on a variety of radio station formats, MetroNews is home to many very popular, long-form programs which air both on radio and are streamed LIVE online.  Shows like Talkline with Hoppy Kercheval, Sportsline with Tony Caridi and High School GameNight with Fred Persinger are just a few of the award winning programs offered by MetroNews.

Why Advertise on MetroNews and wvmetronews.com?

If you’re planning a statewide or regional marketing campaign in West Virginia, you need to reach as many people as possible. Also, you will want to reach people who have money to spend on your product or service… people in large cities and small towns…busy people who are in constant motion.

MetroNews and wvmetronews.com is without question the most effective and efficient combination for you to get your message to West Virginians.

If you limit your marketing to spot radio buys in the cities, consider who you will miss… It’s the growing population residing in the outlying counties and bedroom communities which translates into West Virginia’s buying power.  More than 60% of our population lives outside of the cities.

Every advertising dollar you spend is an investment into your future… so, invest wisely. As your one stop shop for radio and online advertising in West Virginia, MetroNews and wvmetronews.com will deliver statewide results for you!

What others say about MetroNews

“The ad on your website looks fantastic and the phones are ringing off the hook with questions about it. So, just wanted to say that you guys rock.”

Jessie Rice – Timberline Four Seasons Resort

“Of particular interest was a sales analysis of the period that we used your network. …The report indicates that while all other districts in the zone were in decline, the sales rate in West Virginia was on the increase. It had to be the advertising and MetroNews carried a larger percentage of the media weight during that period.”

Pat Hawes, PHD

“MetroNews is a strong product that obviously has reached the audience we were trying to reach. And not only has it reached them, it has spurred them to action.”

Carrie Stollings – The Arnold Agency

“Our relationship with MetroNews has been a success for United. It increased the reach and frequency of our message, which positively impacted our branding efforts.We are more than pleased with your creative staff and the quality of their work. …You delivered on everything promised and made sure our program was a success and added tremendous value which turned a contractual relationship into a true partnership.”

Rick Adams – President, United Bank

“We have attempted to use print media, we’ve attempted to use cable television, and on a per capita basis that’s just not been as effective as working with MetroNews.”

WV Primary Care Association

“You brought to our website over 150,000 visitors!”

Jarod Burrer, Appalachian Bible College

“The Polar Express is SOLD OUT. We sold 5700 seats. Thank you!”

Bonnie, Durbin and Greenbrier Railroad

“The network provides a strong base for our marketing effort. The MetroNews Radio Network has been one of our most reliable and long-term media partners.”

Caryn Durham – Charles Ryan Associates

“The program is booming! We have over 200 students from the Tri-State area.”

Bill Alderman, Southern WV Comm. & Tech. College

“We are completely satisfied with our relationship and the effectiveness of MetroNews. …I appreciate your flexibility and look forward to continuing to work together.”

Allen Staggers – Field Communications Manager, Allegheny Energy

“Thanks… with our ad on wvmetronews.com we were able to take in 20 students. A good size!”

Uday S. Tate, Director of EMBA/MBA Programs, Marshall University

“Whenever we try to look at canvassing our entire footprint, MetroNews is the first media outlet that comes to mind. …A lot of times when we do creative things, we send it to Metro. …They’ll turn it around for us and it sounds a lot better, most of the time, than what we pay the agencies to do.”

Kenny Phillips – Suddenlink Communications

“We have a variety of issues that we try to communicate to key policy makers … on any given day during the session a legislator will come up and say, ‘Hey, I heard your spot on MetroNews during Hoppy’s show. …I think that’s exactly what you need to be communicating.'”

Tony Gregory – WV Hospital Association

“We’ve seen results from the legislative session by being successful in getting bills passed. That’s the bottom line, we’ve seen results from advertising with MetroNews.”

Contractors Association of WV

To advertise on MetroNews and wvmetronews.com call 304.346.7055 or email jparsons@wvradio.com

Our People

Hoppy Kercheval

Hoppy Kercheval

The radio “dean” of West Virginia broadcasters, Hoppy Kercheval joined West Virginia Radio Corporation in 1976.

Tony Caridi

Tony Caridi

The state of West Virginia’s most recognizable sports voice is in his second decade with West Virginia Radio Corporation.

Jeff Jenkins

Jeff Jenkins

The award-winning native of Pratt, West Virginia took over as head of the news division of Metronews in August of 2000.

Shauna Johnson

Shauna Johnson

Shauna Johnson grew up in Fairmont, went to college in Morgantown and has lived and worked throughout West Virginia in the time since then.

Chris Lawrence

Chris Lawrence

The morning voice of the Morning News on MetroNews has been associated with West Virginia Radio Corporation for more than a decade.

Greg Hunter

A Morgantown native and West Virginia University graduate, Greg Hunter has served as a co-host on the MetroNews Statewide Sportsline for over two decades.

Travis Jones

Travis Jones

Travis Jones has extensive experience in sports broadcasting, having co-hosted the Statewide Sportsline on Sunday night since 1996.

Fred Persinger

Fred Persinger

Fred Persinger joined the MetroNews Radio Network fulltime in October 2001, but has been a member of the MetroNews family for over 20 years.

Garrett Cullen

Garrett Cullen

Garrett Cullen is the afternoon sports anchor statewide on MetroNews, also covering high school sports in the state and WVU.

Allan Taylor

Allan Taylor

Allan joined MetroNews in 2012, following 18 years of newspaper, work as an SEC columnist, sports editor, managing editor, news reporter and media consultant.

Kyle Wiggs

Kyle Wiggs

Sports anchor for West Virginia Radio Corporation and the Mountaineer flagship stations WAJR-AM and WVAQ-FM in Morgantown.

Dave Wilson

Dave Wilson

The Marshall anchor for WV MetroNews.

Carrie Hodousek

Carrie Hodousek

Carrie Hodousek is a South Jersey native who joined the MetroNews staff in February 2015 as a Reporter/Anchor.

Hans Fogle

Hans Fogle

Hans Fogle grew up in Martinsburg, W.Va. He began his radio career while seeking a degree in mass communications at Shepherd University.

Hans Fogle

Brad Mcelhinny

Brad McElhinny is the statewide correspondent for MetroNews. Brad is a Parkersburg native who spent more than 20 years at the Charleston Daily Mail.

Alexander Thomas

Alexander Thomas

Alex Thomas joined MetroNews in January 2017 as a reporter/anchor. He holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and broadcast journalism.

Amanda Mangan

Amanda Mangan

Amanda Mangan is news director for Allegany Radio Corporation and host of Potomac Highlands Today on WKLP 1390 AM.​

Alex Wiederspiel

Brittany Murray

Brittany Murray joined MetroNews in June 2017 as the morning anchor/reporter for the AJR News Network in Clarksburg.

Alex Wiederspiel

Alex Wiederspiel

Alex Wiederspiel is the News Director and afternoon anchor of WAJR-AM​ in Morgantown.

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