Bath County High School Students could be local “talk show” hosts

Three Bath County Sophomores are volunteering a little of their time for Allegheny Mountain Radio, and the listening community. Just after the holidays we’re hoping to have an established name for this little section of high school interest- It could be “Charger Chat”, or “What’s happening at BCHS?” or “High School Hype”. We hope you’ll come up with some ideas and let us know. Just recently Utah, Travis and Nevada, all three of whom participate in Marching Band described a little about their fall season.

“We had three competitions in the fall. We travelled to Stuart’s Draft High School; we travelled to Lynchburg, to the Lynchburg Classic, the City Stadium in Lynchburg. We also went to Powhatan. We competed against bands as big as twelve times our size. Competing against those size bands we did fairly well. We placed second I think in Lynchburg, in our class, second over all in Stuart’s Draft. And at Powhatan we, there was a lot of tough competition there,

“There were huge bands.”

“’Cause we were competing against some big bands, much bigger bands. It was a brand new competition for us.”

Shortly after all of the travel to competitions, and playing at Varsity Football games, both home and away, came tryouts for All Area Band.

“All Area Band, that’s basically the counties surrounding us including our county all sent students to one area to audition, it’s almost like an Honors Band

“It’s like an Honors Band.”

“To create one band from all the area schools.”

“You had to try out for it.”

“We had a very large percentage of students make it into that this year.”

“The event for All Area Band is actually here at Bath County, in January, I believe.”

“We’ll have to get a date for that.”

“And also having to do with the band, I’m sure everyone has heard about the uniform campaign. The ones we currently have have lasted since 2001.

15 years, and we’re looking to get some new ones, but we need community help. We’re doing fundraisers, we’re doing all that we can do; we need about fifty-thousand dollars?

We’ve got around twenty-two or twenty-three thousand.

So we’re doing very well, but we can’t let it dry out. We just have to keep reminding people to raise money.”

Wednesday, December 16th is the whole community’s chance to see this very fine band perform. Utah reminds everyone.

“We’ve got our concert, our Christmas Concert coming up.   It’s at 7pm in the auditorium here at the high school, so uh, so we’ve got that coming up for band.”

Then the young men returned briefly to the subject of sports.

“Homecoming, Homecoming Dance, Homecoming Football Game, that all went pretty well.

Also, again having to do with Homecoming, that weekend there was a Powder Puff Football Game, and that’s another good point to show where our freshman class is very athletic. Our freshman females beat out the sophomores, when the Seniors beat out the Juniors. And then in the championship game the freshman class beat the senior class. That just really goes to show how athletic our freshman class is. That was a fun thing, that’s always a fun thing to go to.. They always have somebody different announce those games. Our Spanish teacher announced. So . . .

Great, very humorous.”

Once again, these students would like to hear from listeners. Would you like to listen to teacher biographies, any book or music reviews, or how about some sample questions from the academic bowl? Please feel free to contact one of them, or the radio station.

“That’s about it. In closing again, if you have any questions that you’d like us to look into, and to find out about, especially suggestions for names,

We need one of those,

What do you want to call us by?

So again, email,

And this is Utah, and this is Travis, and Nevada signing off.


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Bonnie Ralston

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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