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Celebrate 60: The Ray Brooks story

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(WVVA) An immense amount of talent has walked though the doors of WHIS-TV/ WVVA. One broadcaster in particular entered the television arena in its early days and became a local favorite as one-half of the "Scoop and Snoop" show.

E. Ray Brooks was born in Bluefield, WV on April 9, 1930. He began his broadcasting career in 1953 at WLOH radio in Princeton, WV. The following year he joined WHIS radio and made the switch to WHIS-TV.

For many years, he co-hosted the popular show "Scoop n' Snoop" with O.C. Young. The show was directed at children. It began in the early 1960's, replacing "Circle Six Ranch," hosted by cowboy Bill Elliot (not the famous western movie showman Wild Bill Elliott). In "Scoop n' Snoop," Young(Scoop) would comment on stories in the local newspaper between old movies serials while Brooks(Sheriff Snoop) made sarcastic remarks. The show ended in 1974, Brooks served in many capacities at WVVA until his retirement in 1995 (video report by Kevin McGraw on Brooks retirement is attached to this article).

Brooks was an accomplished musician and artist. He was also active in the March of Dimes, serving as chairman of the Telerama on three separate occasions. He was a member of the Board of Directors for Bluefield Baseball, announced football games for the Bluefield Beavers, and designed the logo for the Graham G-Men that is still in use today. 

E. Ray Brooks remained a resident of Bluefield, WV until his death on Sunday, January 27, 2008. He was 77 years old.

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*Some information for this article was obtained from the book "Hi There, Boys and Girls! America's Local Children;s TV Program,"the article "The WHIS Story," by Kay Wilson, and the  official obituary of E. Ray Brooks. 

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