Danny Cardwell Is New WCHG Coordinator

WCHG in Bath County has a new full time station coordinator. Danny Cardwell, lifelong resident of Bath, and 1995 graduate of BCHS, took over the position on June 1st, and last week I made the trip down to the station to meet Danny, and find out a little more about him.

“I am deacon at Piney Grove Baptist Church. I’m married to Renee Cardwell; she was my high school sweetheart. I work at Allegheny Mountain Radio. Before I came to Allegheny Mountain Radio, I worked at valley Supermarket, I was a butcher. I work at Piney Grove Baptist Church, and I do some freelance writing, and I serve on the board of Preservation Bath. I’ve been fortunate to be part of a great community at all levels.

He talked about what motivated him to join Allegheny Mountain Radio, and ideas he has for the future.

“I was looking for a change, an outlet to further my writing, further my creativity, to be part of media, so to speak. I’ve gotten my toes wet doing some online writing, and I was a guest on several radio shows, and I have a couple really good friends that work in radio, and so it was a direction I wanted to go in – the opportunity came about at almost a perfect time for me.

“I’ve enjoyed working with the technology, getting to meet so many different people – everyone’s been so receptive and so helping – but getting hands on, back into seeing how the production comes together, and just an opportunity to learn again.

“Well there’s one idea as far as programming, and something that I read in the mission statement for Allegheny Mountain Radio, that is to be an educational outlet for the community, and so I look at the kids – juniors, seniors in high school, the Dabney kids, and one of the things that I was interested in doing early on was getting together with some of the professionals in the area, some of the business leaders, and some of the folks in education. We have great resources as far as the universities – Washington and Lee down the road, and I have connections with folks, and just to have them sit down, and interview and explain to this up and coming generation of leaders, what do you need to be successful in this field – how is your academic career going to be benefitted – how long should you study – how long should you be reading? And for the trades and vocations, let these kids know exactly what prospective employers are looking for, and a way to create a dialogue – to let some of these kids know that where they’re trying to get to isn’t so far, if you have the right kind of leadership and guidance – people willing to show you along the way. And down the road, it’s something maybe that we can have a conversation about.”

For those interested in learning more about Danny’s writing, you can find it at these locations.

“I do have a website – www.thoughtwrestler.blogspot.com – and I’m a site administrator for www.dagblog.com.”

It was obvious that Danny was a perfect fit as station coordinator, but I do admit to having a couple reservations, starting with his answer on any problems he had encountered in the position so far.

“If there was something I would change or be different, I don’t know, maybe come to work a little bit earlier, but that’s about it. A nine o’clock start doesn’t seem late for some people, I guess, but for me, it’s a little later than I’d like to start

To add to it, Danny was impeccably groomed and dressed in business attire, complete with a tie. As someone whose fashion sense and facial hair most closely resembles a roadie for the band ZZ Top, I find this level of grooming and presentability a dangerous precedent, and on behalf of myself, and WVMR station coordinator Dwayne Kennison, I would urge management not to consider making this company policy.

Just kidding – it was obvious upon meeting Danny that he has a level of professionalism, intelligence, drive, ambition and community spirit that make him the perfect candidate for the job, and AMR is lucky to have him. Welcome aboard.

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager 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 previously 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. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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