AG & Kate Country Connections, Monday 2pm AG & Kate Bruning are long time volunteers at AMR, garnering a wide international listening audience each week on their show via the AMR web stream. Their program, Country Connections, features country, folk, and bluegrass music. Based in Holland where they have their own “Grand Ole Opry,” they have been involved in performing, recording, and broadcasting since 1972. They spend several months of each year on tour in England and the US, where they visit and perform at festivals, churches, and prisons. They have recorded more than 45 albums, tapes, and CDs, and play multiple acoustic instruments including guitar, autoharp, banjo and mountain dulcimer. Their tour locations, history, music, and contact information are available at http://www.agandkate.com.
Scott Anderson The Eclectic Tavern, Tuesday 8-10 pm Scott Anderson was born in Minnesota. The best thing about being born in Minnesota is that he can actually call himself a native Virginian as Minnesota was a territory of Virginia. Which suits him just fine as he absolutely loves Virginia and all that this State has to offer. Scott grew up as an Air Force “brat” and moved every three years to a new place, culture and environment. So inevitably he learned much about life being immersed in a diverse, multicultural environment. One of the many blessings of moving around a lot was learning how powerful music and radio can be. He likens radio to be as powerful as the elements of earth. Just as earth’s elements can change your living conditions, landscape, and geography in an instant; so to can music do the same for you in your emotions, mentality, and outlook. Music can bring you to a certain place, certain time and provide you with an escape from the goings on from your daily life. Scott hopes that he can give our community a pleasurable listening experience and give us the opportunity to escape to all the wonderful memories of the past, present and maybe introduce the community to some new genre’s of music that they may learn to love. You will hear music from all over the world and music that is easy on the ears. Scott also loves the outdoors, golf, American history, the Allegheny Highlands and all the folks that live here. He often says that this area isn’t the only slice of heaven on earth, but one of the best!!! God Bless!
Diane Buzzard Traffic Jam Monday – Friday 3 pm – 6 pm Diane Buzzard lives on the family farm on Beaver Creek Road with her husband, Jim and daughter, Colleen. Her son, Dana and his wife, Kelly, live close by with their young daughter, Penelope. Diane enjoys spending time with her granddaughter and family. She does crochet and quilting in her spare time. She likes a variety of music.
Keith Carson Midnight Ride – Saturday, 8pm to 11pm Keith moved to Highland County from Norfolk, VA and is originally from New Mexico. He has collected musical recordings for five decades and is especially interested in blues, folk, and rock music. Keith hosts The Midnight Ride, with blues and rock music, on Saturday evenings from 9 to midnight. A musician himself, Keith plays bass, having played in two blues/rock bands for several years in Norfolk. Keith and his wife, Polly (who is also a DJ), live near Blue Grass, Virginia, in an off-the-grid, solar and wind powered house.
Caroline Tacy Cassell- Gospel and Country Hours, Thursday 10am to Noon started volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in 2011, co-hosting a two hour show of gospel and country with the late Mary Paul, and currently co-hosts The Gospel and Country hours with Agnes Boyles from 10am thru Noon on Thursdays. Caroline was born and raised in the town of Cass WV, when Cass was a booming town. She worked as a telephone operator in Cass, at a sewing factory in Cass, and as a bus driver for MTA. She retired after working 26 years for Snowshoe Mountain Resort. She is married to her childhood sweetheart, Brown Cassell, hanging in there for 60 years.
Danny Cardwell Gospel and Country Hours, Wednesday, 10 am to Noon Danny Cardwell is the station coordinator for WCHG, and the host of our gospel and country hours on Wednesdays 10:00 am to noon. He and his wife Renee Cardwell live with a spoiled dog (Toddie) in Hot Springs. Danny is a Deacon at Piney Grove Baptist Church in Hot Springs. He operates Thoughtwrestler.blogspot.com, and is a site administrator and featured writer for the website Dagblog.com. He has been a frequent contributor to The Hal Ginsberg Morning Show, All Politics Are Local, and Politics Done Right. Danny has tutored, lectured, and mentored at risk youth in churches, group homes, and inside the Virginia Department Corrections. He serves on the board of directors for Preservation Bath. Danny@amrmail.org
Agnes Doyle Sweet By and By, Box of Chocolates, Monday 10am to noon Agnes Doyle is a Pocahontas county native, born and raised on a farm near Stony Bottom. She, along with her sister Mandy and brother Rod, grew up singing in the Stony Bottom Presbyterian church where she eventually took over as the church pianist until she graduated from high school. Lured away for a time by the bright lights of the city, she returned to Pocahontas after 40 some years when the West Virginia hills called her back home. She says it’s a privilege to be on the air and a blessing to help AMR. You can tune in to listen to Agnes each Monday morning, 10 am to noon.
“Digger” Doug Friel It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere, Saturday 12 – 2 pm “Digger” Doug Friel is a native of Pocahontas County, having been born in Cass WV. Doug started volunteering at AMR in March of 2015 as the co-host of “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere’ with his lifelong friend Dwayne (The Joker). Doug is currently employed as an Auto part salesman. He is also a member of the Pocahontas County Search and Rescue , as well as a former member of The Marlinton Fire Company and Marlinton Volunteer Rescue Squad. He is a licensed Ham Radio Operator. Doug lives in Marlinton with his wife and his dogs.
Richard and Karen Hise Richard and Karen Gospel Hour, Sunday 10am, Forever Oldies, Wednesdays 1 pm – 3 pm Richard and Karen live in Hot Springs, VA. They have been singing together for several years and recently recorded a gospel CD. Richard and Karen sing throughout the community at various churches and functions. Richard and Karen can be heard on the network Sunday mornings at 10:00 as they host their Gospel Hour. Richard also serves as Managing Director of AMR.
Dwayne Kennison It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere, Saturday 12 – 2 pm Dwayne Edward Kennison was born in Maryland and has split both his childhood and his adult life between WV and MD. Dwayne is a published writer, poet, actor and musician. Dwayne currently plays drums and sings, with the rock band COLD ETHYL, Performs character poetry as “Uncle Edward Wabbit”, and began volunteering as a DJ with AMR in 2014, hosting “It’s 5 O’ Clock Somewhere” on Saturday afternoons. Dwayne currently lives in Pocahontas Co, with his wife and 2 adult children.
Joyce Kennison aka Lil’ Red Headed Intern It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere, Saturday 12 – 2 pm, For Those About to Rock every other Saturday from 3-5 pm, Glorious Gospel and Kickin’ Country-Tue 10am-Noon, and A Mixed Bag of Nuts every other Thursday 8-11 pm The Lil’Red Headed Intern, also known as Joyce Kennison, began volunteering on ‘It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere’ in Feb 2015 , during a white-out blizzard that ran her ragged on her first day, but she kept coming back. Now she is an Approved Operator who co-hosts “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere’ on some Saturdays and has her own show “For Those About to Rock’ which airs every other Saturday 3-5 pm. (Alternating with ‘Jenneration Variations’) She is a MA and works as a ER Nurse in Low Moor Va, is a former EMT and former member of The Marlinton Volunteer Rescue Squad. She lives in Marlinton, WV with her husband and has two children in college.
Norris Long Bluegrass Reflections, Sunday 12-4pm &TGIF Bluegrass, Friday 2pm Norris is the host of Bluegrass Reflections, Sundays from noon to 4:00 pm. He also hosts TGIF Bluegrass, Friday afternoons from 2:00 to 3:00, alternating with DJ Willie. Norris has been a volunteer at AMR since 1981, shortly after the station’s beginning. He says he feels a personal responsibility to promote traditional music, and he works tirelessly toward that goal, not only through his regular Sunday afternoon show, but also as a performing musician. He lives in Pocahontas County and he spends his spare time riding his motorcycle.
Jenn Manley Jenneration Variations, Every other Saturday 3-5pm Jenn hosts “Jenneration Variations,” which brings you a wide variety of the best alternative folk, country, and rock music every other Saturday from 3-5 pm. Originally from Wisconsin, Jenn moved to West Virginia in 2012 and has been here ever since. In addition to sharing the great new music she discovers, Jenn also enjoys photography and hanging out with her rescued pit bull mix, Burt.
Polly Newlon The Filling Station, Thursday 8-10pm Polly lives on the southern flank of Snowy Mountain with husband Keith Carson. Originally from the Washington area, Polly had a career in neuroscience research and biomedical administration in Richmond and Norfolk before moving to Highland where she retired recently. She and Keith enjoy all the wonders of nature from their perch overlooking the Blue Grass Valley. On being a DJ: “Like nature, music is one of those things that transcend time, place, culture, and politics. No matter the genre, it has the ability to take you to a totally different energy state and emotional place from where you were before you hit ‘play’. I hope to contribute to people’s enjoyment of the miracle that is music.”
Chuck Niday Something Different, Wednesday 10pm to midnight Chuck is the Allegheny Mountain Radio Chief Engineer (with an FCC General Radio Telephone License), a volunteer DJ co-hosting a Wednesday evening show, Something Different, with his wife, Heather, and an Amateur Radio Operator with a General Class license. Chuck is an accomplished musician, who played the baritone horn with the Richmond Concert Band for 10 years. Chuck’s broadcasting experience spans three decades and multiple radio stations, and his engineering work includes radio-related work in Virginia with the Department of Transportation, the State Police, Department of Health Emergency Medical Services, and a local electric co-op. His daytime job is with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.
Heather Niday Something Different, Wednesday, 10pm to midnight Heather is the Program/News Director for Allegheny Mountain Radio. She started with AMR as a volunteer DJ with husband Chuck almost as soon as they moved to the area in 1997. Her education and background is in computers and banking. After moving to West Virginia, when husband Chuck got a job at the NRAO, she worked at Snowshoe Mountain resort for over 9 years, in the retail dept. She joined the AMR staff in February 2007 as assistant news director. She plays the flute and is choir director for Arbovale United Methodist church. Heather and Chuck live in Boyer in northern Pocahontas County with their dog and three cats.
Pete Pitard Lites Out Jazz, Wed 6-10pm Pete “Mr. Smooth Jazz” Pitard is a smooth jazz fanatic! He loves teenagers, teaching, reading, and Wednesday nights on the AMR FM network. Pete hosts Lites Out Jazz on Wednesday nights from 6:00 to 8:00 on AMR and from 8:00 to 10:00 on the FM network. He says that his show is the best smooth jazz in Bath County – “smoother and cooler than the other side of the pillow.” Pete is the former principal at Bath County High School and now teaches at Covington high School. Pete and his wife, Esme, make their home in Bath County. Pete is the 2014 Star Award recipient for Allegheny Mountain Radio.
Jason Rowe Big Hair Hits, Monday 8-10pm Born in Syracuse, NY in 1972, Jason grew up surrounded by the pioneering sounds of Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple in the 1970s through the elaborate offerings of Rush and Yes during the 1980s. It wasn’t until the advent of MTV that he knew he wanted to be involved with music. He got his chance in 1990 when he became a dj at WSUC at State University of New York, where he gained some popularity as well as experience. 23 years later, he has found a home at AMR in Bath County, VA, and a place to play his beloved ’80’s music. He currently lives in Bacova, VA with his sometimes co-host Mrs. Rowe, along with his father-in-law, brother-in-law, and 5 dogs.
Caroline Sharp Morning Drive, Monday through Friday 6 am to 10 am Caroline is the host of the Morning Drive.From 6 a.m to 10 a.m. each weekday morning, she plays an eclectic mix of music to help you ease into your day. She’ll also bring you local, state, and national news, Community Calendar and weather information, and just keep you company as you head to work.Caroline is a West Virginia native, and loves the outdoors. She can be reached at email@example.com
Dan Solomon Midnight Ride – Saturday, 8pm to 11pm Dan co-hosts The Midnight Ride with Keith Carson on alternating Saturdays.Hear Blues, R&B, a bit of Jazz and whatever else the spirit calls for. Dan has been collecting music since early childhood. It all started with his grandmother who gave him his first Jazz album at age 12, Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five.” That started his first love affair and his music collection which he uses on his show. Dan lives with his wife Kathy in Highland County, Virginia, two of his best choices. Dan says he loves the Allegheny Highlands, its people and its natural beauty. Being part of Allegheny Mountain Radio as a volunteer DJ and now on the Board of Directors is a great way to participate in the community and give something back.
Scott Smith WVLS News Reporter Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center, and now Highland news reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan, and also serves as president of the Highland-Bath Farm Bureau and member of the boards of the Highland Chamber of Commerce and Highland Sheep and Wool Association. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Willie Smith TGIF Bluegrass, Friday 2pm On alternate Fridays, Willie hosts TGIF Bluegrass from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. “DJ Willie also produces and hosts WCHG’s annual Bath Buegrass Jamboree. Besides radio, Willie’s true love is making music with his bluegrass band, Southern Rail Express. He lives in Bath County and works for Dominion Power at the Pumped Storage Station.
Tim Walker WVMR News Reporter Tim is a native of Maryland who started coming to Pocahontas County in the 1970’s as a caver. He bought land on Droop Mountain off Jacox Road in 1976 and built a small house there in the early 80’s. While still working in Maryland, Tim spent much time at his place which is located on the Friars Hole Cave Preserve. Retiring in 2011 as a Lieutenant with the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland, Tim finally took the plunge and moved from Maryland to his real home on Droop Mountain. He began working as the Pocahontas County Reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio in January of 2015.
Melodie Wilson Gospel Melodies, Sunday 7:30 am – 10:00 am Melodie Wilson, host of “Gospel Melodies” brings you gospel music from all genres Sunday morning from 7:30 am to 10:00 am. As far as music is concerned, she likes most genres although she grew up listening to country music. Melodie moved to Hillsboro, West Virginia five years ago. Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, she’s also lived in Dallas Texas, and most recently in Chandler, Arizona before moving to West Virginia. She has two wonderful children, Josh and Faith. Melodie has a degree in Visual Communications, Graphic Design.