|Allegheny Mountain Radio Staff|
Gibbs Kinderman is the
Director of Special Projects for Allegheny Mountain Radio. He oversees
the production of programs for national distribution, handles sales of
AMR's local books and CDs, and supervises the regional VISTA program
for the Pocahontas Communications Cooperative Corporation. Gibbs moved to West Virginia in 1966 and has lived in Pocahontas County since 1978. He was instrumental in founding AMR. Gibbs enjoys reading, politics, and is known as the great communicator.
Chuck Niday 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 also an accomplished musician, having played the baritone horn with the Richmond Concert Band for 10 years. He also has a general aviation private pilots license. His 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 is our Program Director. She
started with Allegheny Mountain Radio as a volunteer deejay. She then
joined the AMR staff in February of 2007. Heather grew
up in the Richmond, Virginia, area and now lives in Arbovale, West
Virginia with her husband Chuck. Heather is a wonderful flute player,
and choir director for Arbovale UMC. You can hear
Heather as the host of Noon Hour magazine Monday through Friday and also on Wednesday nights
from 10 p.m. until midnight as she and Chuck co-host two hours of jazz
on Something Different.
Bonnie Ralston is a former station coordinator for WCHG and currently serves as the news reporter for AMR in Bath County. After moving from Richmond, Virginia, where she was active in radio, Bonnie settled in Augusta County and trained at WVLS before working at WCHG. An accomplished DJ, Bonnie brings a wealth of experience and expertise to AMR.
Keith Carson moved to Highland County from the Norfolk, Virginia, area. He has collected musical recordings for four decades and is especially interested in blues, folk, and rock music. Keith hosts Midnight Ride, with blues, roots, and rock music, on Saturday evenings from 9 p.m. to midnight. A musician himself, Keith also plays bass guitar, having played in two blues/rock bands for several years in Norfolk. Keith also reports on Highland County news for AMR. Keith and his wife Polly live near Blue Grass, Virginia in an off-grid, solar and wind powered house.
Caroline Sharp is the host of the Morning Drive and is responsible for production. From 6 a.m to 10 a.m.. each weekday morning, she plays a great eclectic mix of oldies, country and bluegrass 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. This girl knows music!
Sue Fertig is one of the newest members of the Allegheny Mountain Radio staff, though she worked with us before in 2007. Prior to her return, Sue worked at Pocahontas Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Technician. As our Business Manager, Sue keeps the books for the Allegheny Mountain Radio stations
and Pocahontas Communications Cooperative. If you tune in, you might also hear her lending her voice to PSAs and promo spots on the air or hear her sing during fundraiser. She enjoys reading, singing, and spending time with her family. Sue lives with her husband Mark and daughter Jennifer near
Huntersville. Her son Jeff attends Concord University in Athens.
Erin R. Will is the Station Coordinator at WVLS. She is a Highland County native and graduated from Highland High School in 2004. Erin received a Bachelor's Degree in Communications Studies from Bridgewater College in 2008. Before joining AMR, Erin worked as an AmeriCorp VISTA volunteer for two years at local non-profit organizations in Highland County. Her duties at WVLS include working with volunteers and the public to build support for the station and hosting her own radio show. You can listen to Erin's show, Will's Way, on Tuesday night from 6 to 8 pm on WVLS and Radio Durbin. Erin enjoys reading, shopping, and spending time with friends, family, and her husband, Jamie, and their four critters.
Geoff Hamill is our News Director. He is a former Army Ranger who heard the pen is mightier
than the sword and became a newspaper reporter in 2007. He switched over to
radio in 2011 and became a member of the AMR news team, covering Pocahontas,
Highland and Bath counties. Geoff grew up in the Pittsburgh area and lived in
many places during his military career. When he's not reporting, he can be
found fixing up his cabin in Frost or hiking in the Cranberry Wilderness.