Chris Lawrence, a do-it-all veteran of West Virginia MetroNews, is one of the four professionals being inducted this year into the West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
“This is well-deserved,” said Jeff Jenkins, news director for West Virginia MetroNews. “People throughout the state wake up with Chris every morning to find out what’s going on as co-host of the MetroNews Morning News . He created the weekly show West Virginia Outdoors and is the state authority on hunting and fishing. His radio family congratulates him.”
Lawrence will be among the inductees Oct. 16 at the Museum of Radio and Technology in Huntington. The ceremony will be broadcast live at 6 p.m. over many radio stations across the state. Limited seating is available at the museum, which is on Florence Avenue in the Harveytown district.
Tom Resler, the museum’s Hall of Fame committee chairman, said that the selection committee had a talented field of individuals from which to choose.
“They have demonstrated excellence in the field of broadcasting—in front of the cameras, on the mic or behind the scenes—many of them as lifelong careers,” he said.
Those being inducted this year include:
Chris Lawrence. He has exceled at a variety of roles at West Virginia’s premiere radio network for more than two decades. Lawrence begins early each day as an anchor of the Morning News, a roundup of the latest news, politics and sports from across the state. He anchors coverage of popular West Virginia pastimes like hunting and fishing online and on Saturday’s “West Virginia Outdoors” program.
Lawrence also covers news and provides regular updates to radio audiences throughout the day. On Friday nights in the fall, he broadcasts football games across the Kanawha Valley.
Lawrence has also won numerous awards for coverage of the hunting and fishing from the Outdoors Writers Association of America, including being awarded the coveted “President’s Award” by the organization for his efforts. Chris has also been honored by the West Virginia Broadcasters Association and Society of Professional Journalists for his work. He was named Outdoor Writer of the year by the West Virginia Bowhunters Association.
The native of Big Stone Gap, Va, joined the company as an anchor at WAJR in Morgantown in 1990.
He enjoys hunting, fishing or spending time with his family. Lawrence and his wife Samantha live in Hurricane and have three children, Travis, Hank, and Savannah. They also have two grandchildren.
Mike McVay. President of McVay Media, McVay is a 40-year programmer with national and local consulting, management, ownership, sales, programming and on-air experience, starting in Moundsville as program director/morning personality of WEIF in 1974. He then shifted to program director/morning personality at WNEU/Wheeling. From there, he went to program director/morning personality at WCHS in Charleston.
Steve Cotton. Cotton is in his 24th season as the radio voice of Marshall University’s Thundering Herd and his 27th year overall as a member of the Marshall broadcast crew. In August of 1996, Marshall handed Cotton its play-by-play microphone. Cotton is entrenched as “the Voice of the Herd,” a job he held more than twice as long as anyone else in that school’s history.
Rod Jackson. Jackson is an alumnus of Washington State University, where he studied journalism. His career in news took him across the country and all over the world. Jackson was the news director at WOWK-TV, which was his pride and joy. Jackson was news director at WBRE in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania before accepting the job as news director at WOWK, bringing more than 40 years of experience with him to the Charleston-Huntington market.