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AG & Kate

Country Connections, Monday 2:00 PM

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.

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Danny Cardwell

Gospel and Country Hours, Wednesday, 10:00 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

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Caroline Tacy Cassell

Gospel and Country Hours, Thursday 10:00 AM to Noon

Caroline 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 was married to her childhood sweetheart, the late Brown Cassell.

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Brit Chambers

Brit Chambers is a resident of Highland County, Virginia and a news reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio. She loves living in a small town and relishes the outdoor adventures and community feeling that Highland has to offer. Brit has a background in journalism, marketing, and public relations and spends her free time reading good books, baking sourdough bread, and hiking with her family.

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Cash Chambers

Ka-Ching Radio, Every Other Tuesday 8:00 - 10:00 pm

A student at Highland High School, Cash first caught the radio bug through the Highland Mid-Kids Radio Club. Cash loves 80s and 90s music with a rock bent. He credits his dad for teaching him good music and can commonly be found wearing a Nirvana shirt to prove it. Cash leads up Ka-Ching radio, a play on his name, every other Tuesday night from 8-10 p.m. He frequently has guest hosts join him, including friends and family members, who are always happy to share their taste in music with the AMR audience. Cash knows that having the ability to volunteer at the radio station at such a young age is a huge privilege. His time on-air has taught him a great deal about thinking on the fly, public speaking, newscasting and the power that a good song has to make your day brighter.

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Heath Chambers

All Over The Road Radio Morning Show - Weekdays 6:00 - 10:00 AM

Heath Chambers is the host of the All Over the Road morning show from 6-10am weekdays playing the hits across genres.  Allegheny Mountain Radio is a family affair for the Chambers with son, Cash hosting the Kaching Radio Show since he was 14 years old, and wife, Brit producing local news features.  Heath, Brit and their four teenagers live in Monterey.  They love to hike and explore and live for a good swimming hole.  Heath loves all things outdoors, but has a particular love for fishing and paddling local rivers.

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Karen Cohen

Soul Survivor - Thursdays 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Karen Cohen is a volunteer DJ for Allegheny Mountain Radio and hosts as KC, little sis, for Soul Survivor on Thursday 1-3pm. Her first live concert at the age of 13 was Little Stevie Wonder opening for the Supremes. She credits her parents for her love of  all kinds of music. Her dad liked classical, opera, polkas, and played the accordion; her mom loved the top hit singers of rock and soul music. Music was always playing in her house and still IS!

Born and raised in the garden state, New Jersey, Karen received her Professional Photographers Diploma from Germain School of Photography in NYC and worked in that field for decades. She freelanced as a rock and roll photojournalist and her work has been published in various music trade magazines. In 2012, the Aquarian Weekly magazine from NJ was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio which includes Karen’s articles and photographs. 

Karen writes a weekly column called Nature’s Way for the Mountain Messenger newspaper out of Lewisburg, WV. She has won many photography awards in shows throughout the USA, including Carnegie Hall, WV. She is an exhibiting artist/member of Tamarack and also acts as a juror for Tamarack and other art galleries. Karen and her husband, Tim, are married for forty years, they are organic growers, avid travelers, and have lived off and on in Frankford, WV for twenty-five years and now are permanent residents with their two dogs and two cats.

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Agnes Doyle

Sweet By and By Gospel Hour and Box of Chocolates Country Hour - 10:00 AM to Noon

Agnes Doyle hosts the Monday morning 10 AM to Noon  “Sweet By and By Gospel Hour” and “Box of Chocolates Country Hour,” so named because - as the saying goes - you never know what you’re gonna get.  She became a DJ in August 2011.  Agnes is a local girl; she grew up on a farm in Stony Bottom, WV, and went to Cass Graded School and Green Bank High School.  After a 40 something year time away, she retired and moved back to the hills she loves.  She sings and plays piano at church, and “plays at” various other instruments, including a new found interest in learning the Irish Tin Whistle, which is turning out to be quite a challenge.

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Abby Dufour

Dufour Dujour, Monday-Friday, 3:00 - 6:00 pm, WCHG News Reporter

After graduating from Bath County High School in 2012, she worked on music- flying out to Colorado and eventually Texas where she lived for over 2 years. In 2017, she moved back to her hometown in Bath County. In her free time, she likes to read, do art, and drink coffee. She’s very thankful to work in a place that is in beautiful Appalachia and allows her to be creative and write. She is always looking for a story and interviews to do with the public.

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Miles Goodall

A Cup of Blues, Every Other Monday 8:00 – 10:00 PM.

Miles is a native of Pocahontas and Highland counties and graduated from Pocahontas County High School in 2015. After attending Virginia Tech and DJing for the student-run station, he moved back to the area in 2020 and became involved with AMR that fall. Miles can usually be found with his nose in a book or his feet in a stream while whistling a tune. A Cup of Blues consists of a funky, diverse and sometimes weird collection of songs from all ages, and requests are greatly appreciated!

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Kyle Graae

The Graae Area Saturdays 9:00 PM - Midnite

"Life isn't always so black and white, there is a whole lot of gray area. So let the music guide you."

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Richard and Karen Hise

Richard and Karen Gospel Hour, Sunday 10:00 AM

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.

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Wayne Jeffers

Friday Night Fish Fry – Every Other Friday 6:00 to 10:00 PM.

Wayne began volunteering at AMR in 2015. Wayne’s family goes back to the late 1600s in Virginia and West Virginia. He grew up in Cabell County, WV, with parents from Clay County, WV, graduated with a BA in History from WVU, and retired to Pocahontas County after spending most of his working life living in Ohio. Wayne had a love of folk music from an early age, which evolved into a love of folk-blues and electric blues. Apart from folk music and classic blues, Wayne also plays rock from the late 1960s and classic country music. Wayne lives in Hillsboro with his wife, Michelle, and spends as much time as possible messing around in his workshop.

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Dwayne Kennison

Its Five O'clock Somewhere - Every Other Saturday From 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Dwayne Kennison, AKA ‘Your Friendly Neighborhood Joker’ hosts 2 hours of rockin’ fun on ‘Its Five O'clock Somewhere’ bi-weekly on Saturdays from 6-9 pm. He has been a DJ at AMR since July 2014 and was the WVMR Station Coordinator from Aug 2015 to Sept. 2020. Dwayne is also a writer, actor and musician. He currently records remotely from Conway, SC. 

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Joyce Kennison

For Those About To Rock’ Every other Saturday from 3:00 - 5:00 pm and ‘Glorious Gospel - Sundays from 9:00 to 10:00 AM.)

Joyce Kennison, AKA ‘The Lil Red headed Intern’ has been a DJ at AMR since 2015. She is currently the host of ‘For Those About To Rock’ (Bi-weekly Saturday afternoons from 3-5 pm.) and ‘Glorious Gospel” (Sunday’s from 9 to 10 AM.) Red also previously hosted ‘Glorious Gospel/Kickin’ Country’ and ‘A Mixed Bag of Nuts’ as well as a fill in host on various other genre of shows, and was a physical volunteer from 2015 to 2020. In her spare time, she is a full-time nurse. She currently records her shows from Conway, SC.

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Norris Long

Bluegrass Reflections, Sunday Noon - 4:00 PM & TGIF Bluegrass, Every Other Friday 2:00 PM

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.

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Ben Lukacek

Glorious Gospel and Kickin' Kountry - Tuesdays From 10:00 am - Noon)

Ben is the morning host on Tuesdays for Glorious Gospel and Kickin Kountry.  He is known as "Hoosier in the Hills"  Ben was born and raised in Spring Grove, a small suburb of Richmond........Indiana of course.  Ben is active in many aspects of public performance. In high school he ran the local access TV station, he helped back stage at the local theater when he wasn't in the show and he still plays cello in the Highland Community Orchestra along with his duties here.  He is not very funny, but he enjoys telling bad dad jokes.  Tune in and enjoy.

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Chuck Niday

Something Different, Tuesday 6:00 - 8:00 PM

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.

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Heather Niday

Something Different, Tuesday 6:00 - 8:00 PM

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.

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Pete Pitard

Lites Out Jazz, Wednesday 6:00 - 10:00 PM

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.

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Bonnie Ralston

Cruisin' Tuesday 1:00 - 3:00 PM, WVLS News Reporter

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family's farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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Scott Smith

Must See Radio, Sunday 6:00 - 9:00 PM

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 AMR General Manager and WVLS Station Coordinator. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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Willie Smith

TGIF Bluegrass,  Every Other Friday 2:00 PM

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.

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Steve Timberlake

Country and Bluegrass Mondays 6:00 – 8:00 PM

A.M.R. is more than a bunch of radio dial locations – it’s 40 years of wonderful folks from our area counties coming together to entertain and inform our community. No formats, or playlists, and mostly live D.J. programmers.

It’s been an honor and a pleasure to have been part of the 40 years since I started in 1998. It’s still fun to come in and do a music show.

My special thanks to A.M.R. founder Mr. Gibbs Kinderman. We wouldn’t be here without his vision. Also, to my friends at WVLS: Randy and Winnie Richardson, the late Keith Smith, Doug Smith and Keith Carson; and our station coordinators through the years: Mary Sweitzer, Carson Ralston, Erin Will and Scott Smith.

Most special are our listeners and supporters, both individuals and businesses.

Here’s to 40 more years.

God bless you all.

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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.

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Melodie Wilson

The Twisted Sisters - Every Other Thursday 8:00 - Midnight

Melodie Wilson is the co-host of "Twisted Sisters" and can be heard every other Thursday starting at 8pm. She loves to hear from listeners and is always ready to play a  song request.  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 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.

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