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Hoppy Kercheval

The radio “dean” of West Virginia broadcasters, Hoppy Kercheval joined West Virginia Radio Corporation in 1976. Through the years Hoppy’s assignments have spanned the gamut to include news, sports, and talk.

A native of Summit Point in Jefferson County, Hoppy 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 must-listen for lawmakers and anyone interested in state politics and the day’s top news events.

Kercheval has a Master of Science in Journalism degree from WVU. He also has an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from West Virginia Wesleyan. Kercheval has received a number of honors over the years, including the Mel Burka Award, which is given annually by the West Virginia Broadcasters Association to the state’s top broadcaster.

An avid traveler, Hoppy’s adventures have taken him to 19 different countries around the world. He and his wife, Karin, live in Morgantown. Kercheval has one son, Ben, who lives in Denton, Texas where writes for the sports website bleacherreport.com.

Recent Articles by Hoppy Kercheval

Mexit: Maryland Panhandle Looks for Almost Heaven

Leaders from three Western Maryland panhandle counties have reached out to West Virginia about the possibility of becoming part of the Mountain State. No, really. As our Brad McElhinny reported,  “In a short statement, the Maryland lawmakers say they seek ‘to open dialogue and request consideration of the possibilities of these three Maryland counties (Allegany,

October 22, 2021 - 12:53 am

The Republican's Pointless Vaccination Exemption Bill

The West Virginia Legislature should have as a credo its own version of the Hippocratic Oath: Primum non nocere.  “First, do no harm.” The Legislature, meeting in special session primarily to redraw political districts based on new Census figures, was drawn into a debate over mandatory vaccinations.  Governor Justice, under pressure from conservative Republicans, had

October 21, 2021 - 12:20 am

Sanders Whiffs Trying to Pressure Manchin

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders went after West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin recently in an opinion piece published in the Charleston Gazette-Mail. Sanders, employing his predictable “greedy rich vs. the helpless poor” rhetoric, tried to shame Manchin into backing the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill. The legislation would dramatically expand the social welfare system in this

October 20, 2021 - 12:43 am

17 Covid-related Deaths at Ruby Hospital in One Weekend

The number of new daily Covid-19 cases in West Virginia continues to slowly decline.  DHHR reported 9,033 active cases as of yesterday, down from over 25,000 a month ago. Hospitalizations are also beginning to drop, down to 746 yesterday, compared with over one-thousand last month. However, we are not out of the woods yet.  Consider

October 19, 2021 - 12:51 am

PSC Makes Right Decision on Coal-Fired Power Plants

The West Virginia Public Service Commission is taking considerable heat from various groups over its decision to allow for environmental upgrades to three major coal-fired power plants in the state. Some of the opposition is rooted in the higher customer costs to pay for the improvements.  Others believe the upgrades will artificially prolong the life

October 18, 2021 - 12:27 am

Redistricting Pits McKinley vs. Mooney

It’s on!  McKinley versus Mooney. The West Virginia Legislature was still putting the finishing touches on the Congressional redistricting plan when current First District Representative David McKinley and Second District Representative Alex Mooney each announced their re-election plans for 2022. West Virginia is losing one of its three congressional districts because of population growth in

October 15, 2021 - 12:43 am

Justice's Vaccine Exemption Bill Triggers Backlash

The special session of the West Virginia Legislature to redraw the legislative and congressional boundaries was moving along relatively smoothly, at least as lawmaking goes.  But then a curve ball—albeit unintended—came flying through the halls of the Capitol. That curve ball is a bill submitted by Governor Justice Tuesday night stating that employers requiring employees

October 14, 2021 - 12:03 am