HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Ten well known names will be enshrined in the West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame this weekend. The induction ceremony is Saturday evening at the Museum of Radio and Technology in Huntington which houses the Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame started in 2006 with 61 names and has added to the total each year. This year’s class will bring the total to 195.
“We have a selection committee of about eight people,” said Hall of Fame Chairman Tom Resler. “Names are submitted, reviewed each year and we come up with eight or ten new inductees each year.”
This year’s ceremony will mark the first time the induction is actually broadcast over the airways The show will from from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on 21 radio stations across West Virginia.
“We are excited to share this event with the community, and particularly the broadcast industry,” Resler said. “Because of the museum’s limited seating, this is a by-invitation-only event. The live radio program allows listeners to hear from these ten exceptional broadcasters.”
The Hall of Fame show will be directed in the style of a 1940’s radio broadcast. Hoppy Kercheval will serve as Master of Ceremonies and Hall of Fame member Fred Persinger will serves as the evening’s announcer. Hall of Fame members Bob Brunner, Ralph Allen, Paul Howard, and Jack O’Shea will read live commercials during the event.
“The best known name (being inducted) this year would be Hoppy Kercheval,” said Resler of the ten inductees. “He’s been four decades with West Virginia Radio Corporation and MetroNews.”
The hall is housed within the museum which features countless artifacts from radio, television, amateur radio, and other electronic communications. The museum is housed in a former elementary school in Huntington and is open on weekends year round. There is no admission charges, but donations are accepted.
The 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees are:
Dennis Adkins: From studio floor crew member to Sales Manager at WSAZ-TV in Huntington, he then joined WCHS-TV, Charleston as General Manager. He retired from broadcasting after serving as Executive Director of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.
Mike Buxser: Former Vice President and Market Manager of West Virginia Radio Corporation who has served more than 30 years in broadcasting. He has been Program Director, Sales Manager, GM and Chief Operating Officer. He is GM of Apex Broadcasting, Hilton Head, SC.
Sandra Cole: A News Anchor with WOWK-TV in Huntington and Charleston. She was a popular TV presence for 17 years on the evening and late night Channel 13 newscasts. She is now retired.
Frank Giardina; Spent more than 30 years in radio and TV as a sports play-by-play announcer. He was an ESPN Regional Sportscaster for 13 seasons, Sports Anchor at WSAZ-TV in Huntington, and a sports talk radio host.
Hoppy Kercheval: Radio “dean” of broadcasters, who joined West Virginia Radio Corporation in 1976 doing news, sports and talk shows, primarily from Morgantown. He was the founding father of MetroNews and is Vice President of Operations for WV Radio Corp.
Mike Kirtner: Sales Manager at WGNT radio in Huntington who became General Manager of WTCR at age 27.Later he was named Divisional Manager of Capital Broadcasting. He is CEO of Kindred Communications, operating multiple radio stations.
Gary McNair: Vice President and General Manager of WECT in Wilmington, NC, who previously was VP and GM of WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, WV, with responsibility for WTRF-TV, Wheeling. He held marketing and production positions at WSAZ-TV, Huntington, for 21 years.
Gary “Music” Miller: A popular Disc Jockey and Music Director at WKEE and other Huntington area stations during a nearly 40-year career. “Music” really is his middle name as he developed an upbeat, energetic DJ style. He is retired.
Don Staats: Began his career in radio as an on-air personality in 1972.He worked in news and sales and served as Station Manager. Don purchased his first radio station in 1983. He has since served as General Manager of the six Results Radio stations in Parkersburg.
Beth Vorhees: Executive Producer, The WV Channel and host of West Virginia Morning. She has anchored coverage of the WV Legislature on public broadcasting during her 31-year career.