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9 to be inducted into W.Va. Broadcasters Hall of Fame


HUNTINGTON (NEWS RELEASE) — Nine people associated with broadcasting throughout the state will be inducted into the West Virginia Broadcasters Hall of Fame on Oct. 12, 2013.  The invitation-only ceremony will be conducted at the Museum of Radio and Technology in Huntington.  The first group was inducted in 2006.

Following are this year's nine inductees:

Ralph Allen (Allenbaugh) — Allen began his career in radio at WWNR in Beckley while still in high school.  During college, he worked at radio stations in Charleston, earning a degree from the University of Charleston.  He has been program director, operations manager and general manager of several group operators of radio stations.  In 1973, while working at WKYG Radio in Parkersburg, he was inducted into the Mister Deejay USA Hall of Fame in Nashville.  He later went back to graduate school to become a psychologist.  Today, he is president of Ralph Allen Media, providing a variety of media production services from Parkersburg.

Charles Bailey, EdD — Dr. Bailey has been at the helm of WMUL-FM as faculty manager since 1985.  During the past 27 years, WMUL's student broadcasters have more than 1,000 awards. Dr. Bailey has received the Lifetime Achievement Award (2007) from the West Virginia AP Broadcasters Association and The John Marshall Award for Extraordinary Service to West Virginia Higher Education (2000).  He is a Radio-TV production and management professor at Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Shirley "Kitty" Bocock —Bocock has worked in radio sales and management for 54 years.  She started as an account executive at WNXT Radio in Portsmouth, OH, and was the only woman in radio sales in the region in 1956.  She has worked as sales manager and general manager at radio stations in Huntington, Binghamton, NY, Buffalo, NY, and Hilton Head, SC.  She retired but moved back into sales and promotions at the six Kindred Communications stations in Huntington.

Tom Hicks —Hicks began his career in radio while still in high school at WBRW in Welch. For nearly five decades, he worked at radio stations in Welch, Narrows, VA, Princeton, Beckley and Mount Hope.  His duties ranged from disc jockey to sports play-by-play announcer, sales, and general manager.  Hicks died in 1991.

Jack Kane — Currently Jack Kane is co-anchor of  the morning and noon newscasts at WOWK-TV, Charleston.  He has been with WOWK since 1999, after spending 19 years as a reporter and anchor at WCHS-TV.  He has covered four presidential visits, six gubernatorial inaugurations and has interviewed many notables from the entertainment world.  He also has worked at stations in Ohio, including Cleveland, and spent two years in production at NBC Radio in New York.

Kay Murray — Host of WAJR's Morgantown-AM program, heard each day from 9-10 a.m. for over 34 years, Murray first began as a receptionist at West Virginia Radio Corporation.  She also has served as Hoppy Kercheval's producer for Metronews Talkline since it began in 1992.  She has made appearances for WAJR and helped produce more than 8,000 Morgantown radio talk shows in her 35-year broadcast career.  Murray has done years of charity work for the station and the community.

Frank Stowers — Stowers' first job in radio was after World War II as an announcer at WHIS Radio, Bluefield.  A graduate of Duke University, he later worked in Human Resources with Union Carbide in Charleston from 1956 until his retirement in 1985.  He was one of Carbide's media relations contacts and did narrations for company film and TV productions.  After retirement, he has spent the past 27 years doing what he loves to do — work at West Virginia Public Radio as a staff announcer.

Emil Varney — As a news cinematographer and videographer, Varney covered just about every major news story in the state during his 39-year career.  He worked for WSAZ-TV from 1958 through 1979, where he received awards for best news film story for 1964 and '65.  From 1979 until his retirement in 1997, he was a news videographer for WOWK-TV.

George Woody — The Mason County native began as a staff engineer at WSAZ-TV, Huntington, WV, in 1949, as one of the station's pioneers.  He was involved with the installation of the transmitter, two studio complexes and maintained the microwave system that allowed WSAZ to have a two-city newscast.  In 1965, he worked for the Illinois superintendent of public instruction and later moved to Duluth, MN, where he built two television stations and an FM radio station.  He retired in 1992.

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