Walking across America

Monterey, VA – There’s something about the idea of a man walking all the way across the country that makes people feel generous.

And makes people want to talk with him.

The question, Why are you doing this? comes to mind.

For Branch Clarke, of Richmond, Va., it’s a way to tap into that generosity to raise money for a good cause. But there are also some personal reasons he decided to leave the east coast and set out for the west, on foot.

Clarke stopped for the night in Monterey Tuesday. He was welcomed with a reception at the Trimble House Bed and Breakfast, where proprietor Katie Gwin was kind enough to offer him a free room for the night. Some parts of his journey probably won’t be so cushy.

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Heather Niday

Heather is our Program Director and Traffic Manager. 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 along with Chuck on Tuesday nights from 6 to 8pm as they host two hours of jazz on Something Different.

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