Allegheny Mountain Radio • 9836 Browns Creek Road • Dunmore, WV 24934 • 800-297-2346

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Allegheny Mountain Radio Staff

Richard Hise 

is General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator for WCHG, Also the host of “Forever Oldies on Wednesday’s from 1:00 to 3:00 pm; and co-host of Karen and Richard’s Gospel hour on Sunday Mornings from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Richard is a native of Bath County and lives in Hot Springs with his wife Karen and two beautiful daughters, Jenna and Kendra. Richard, Karen and their daughter Jenna sing throughout the community for various churches and functions.

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.

Sue Fertig

is the Assistant Managing Director at Allegheny Mountain Radio, handling the Membership and Accounting departments, and many other office functions.  Being a native of West Virginia, she resides near Huntersville with her husband, Mark, and two cats—Tom and Mako.  She has two children, both in college—Jennifer at Fairmont State University and Jeffrey at Concord University.  Sue enjoys reading, decorating/crafting, singing, spending time with her family, and is an avid Pinterest fan.

Diane Buzzard

is the host of Traffic Jam on Tuesday through Saturday from 3 to 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.

Scott Smith

is the News Director for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS.  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, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan, and also is a member of the boards of the Highland-Bath Farm Bureau , 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.

Tim Walker

is the 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. Tim can be contacted at

Amanda McGuire

is the WCHG News Reporter. She began news reporting in January 2015. She’s lived in Bath County with her husband Bill Reagan since 1994, and has been an active AMR listener since then. She and Bill make their home between Williamsville and McClung with their daughter Catharine (16), and son Will (14). Her kids know most of her favorite musical artists, but rarely let her listen to them. While Amanda has spent a good bit of time traversing the mountains back and forth from Charlottesville, Staunton and Lexington, she is excited about getting to know the new beat towards Frost and Monterey. She is forever grateful to Bonnie Raltson for introducing her, with such care, to all of the ups and downs of scheduling stories, and of sound-editing technique. If you have an item you consider newsworthy, please contact her at .

Dwayne Edward Kennison

is the Station Coordinator for WVMR. He was born in Maryland and has split both his childhood and his adult life between West Virginia and Maryland.  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 County with his wife and two adult children.

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, and is a site administrator and featured writer for the website 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.

Chris Swecker

is the Assistant Station Coordinator and a News Reporter for WVLS. He has roots in Highland County going back several generations, and he grew up in Monterey. Since graduating from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and Design, he has pursued his career at a news station and advertising agency in Virginia, on Microsoft’s campus in the state of Washington, and in both states as sole owner and employee of a video production company. He enjoys exploring life with his wife, Jessa Fowler, traveling, hiking, hunting, gardening, and trying new foods, all while discovering more about what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. He feels blessed to be a small part of this talented AMR team to help give back to the community that has provided him with so much.


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