Bob Powell

Radio Operations Director

Bob is West Virginia Public Radio's Morning Edition host and the Radio Operations director. He first worked for WV Public Radio in 1986 as a part-time announcer, and later returned to host jazz music programs and manage on-air operations in the 1990's.  A graduate of Alderson-Broaddus and Marshall Universities; he taught Speech, Broadcasting, and Rhetoric at Alderson-Broaddus University, West Virginia State University, and WV Institute of Technology of WVU. Bob served 21 years in the Army National Guard, and served oversea in Bosnia and Iraq.


9:24 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Nov. 21 1810 US Senator Allen Taylor Caperton Born

Caperton set two precedents. He became the first ex-Confederate elected to the U.S. Senate. He also was the first and only former Confederate senator to serve in the U.S. Senate after the war. His time in the senate, though, was brief—less than 17 months.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Allen Taylor Caperton, US Senate, Civil War, Monroe County, Union

Allen Taylor Caperton was born on November 21, 1810, on his family’s estate in Monroe County. During the 1840s and 1850s, he served as a Whig in the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate. As the Civil War approached, Caperton was personally opposed to secession.

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9:06 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Nov. 20 1968 Farmington Mine Explosion Kills 78

A massive explosion ripped through the Consolidation Coal Company’s Number 9 mine near Farmington. Twenty-one miners were able to escape.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Farmington, Consolidation Coal Company, Coal Mine Health and Safety Act, Ken Heckler

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8:54 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Nov. 19 1899 Sculptor Gladys Tuke Born

After studying art in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, she returned to West Virginia in the 1930s. She took up residency at The Greenbrier resort’s Art Colony and became well known for her sculptures of horses.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Gladys Tuke, The Greenbrier, The Greenbrier Resort Art Colony, Pocahontas County,

Sculptor Gladys Tuke was born in Pocahontas County on November 19, 1899. In the 1930s she took up residency at The Greenbrier resort’s Art Colony and became well known for her sculptures of horses. During World War Two, Tuke taught sculpture and pottery to soldiers who were recovering at The Greenbrier.

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8:45 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Nov. 18 2009 Senator Robert C. Byrd Longest Serving Member of Congress

In his early years, Byrd primarily was a conservative. He notably led a filibuster against the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Sen. Robert C. Byrd, US Senate, 1964 Civil Rights Act, Senate Appropriations Committee

On November 18, 2009, Senator Robert C. Byrd became the nation’s longest-serving member of Congress. He was first elected to public office in 1946. After serving two terms in the West Virginia House of Delegates and one in the state senate, he was elected to three terms in the U.S.

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7:04 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Nov. 17 1766 Pioneer Morgan Morgan Died

A native of Wales, Morgan emigrated in 1712 to Delaware, where he worked as a tailor and a coroner. In 1731, he settled in the Bunker Hill area of present Berkeley County. Four years later, he received a land patent in the region for 1,000 acres.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Morgan Morgan, Bunker Hill, Berkeley County, Christ Church Episcopal Church, Potomoke

Generations of schoolchildren grew up being taught that Morgan was the first permanent white settler in present West Virginia. Now, though, we know that others came before him. A native of Wales, Morgan emigrated in 1712 to Delaware, where he worked as a tailor and a coroner.

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3:54 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Nov. 14 1970 Marshall Univ. Plane Crash

On board were nearly the entire Marshall University football team along with the head coach, athletic director, and 36 other fans, coaches, announcers, and crew members. It is still the deadliest sports-related air disaster in U.S. history.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Marshall University, Wayne County, Tri-State Airport, Marshall University Student Center

On the night of November 14, 1970, a Southern Airways DC-9 approached a foggy and rainy Tri-State Airport in Wayne County. The airliner slammed into a hillside just short of the runway and burst into flames. All 75 passengers were killed.

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7:51 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Nov. 13 1879 Arthurdale Educator Elsie Clapp Born

Clapp believed that Arthurdale’s school should tap into the students’ rural heritage and prepare them for real-life situations.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / John Dewey, Elsie Clapp, Arthurdale, Preston County

Educator Elsie Clapp was born on November 13, 1879, in Brooklyn Heights. She was influenced by progressive educator John Dewey, who believed that schools should have a direct impact on the communities they serve.

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7:07 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Nov. 12 1844 Wheeling Businessman Henry Schmulbach Born

Henry Schmulbach was a bit of a business Renaissance man. He served as president of the Wheeling Bridge Company and the German Bank, which is now WesBanco.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Wheeling, Henry Schmulbach, Nail City Brewery, Schmulbach Brewing, Mozart Park, The Wheeling Bridge Company

When Henry Schmulbach was a child, he and his family immigrated to Wheeling from Germany. By the time he was a young adult, Schmulbach had become one of the city’s most successful businessmen, selling retail groceries and wholesale liquor.

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7:16 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Nov. 11 1918 World War I Ends

Of the more than two million Americans who served in World War I, the last-surviving veteran was Frank Buckles, who died at Charles Town in 2011 at the age of 110.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Frank Buckles, WWI, Charles Town,

World War I ended , on November 11, 1918, after more than four years of brutal fighting. Nearly 39 million soldiers had been killed, wounded, or listed as missing. American soldiers arrived on the scene only during the last year-and-a-half of the war. Still, some 116,000 died in the conflict.

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8:31 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Nov. 10 1817 Kanawha Salt Producers Form Output Pool

In the days before refrigeration, pioneers needed this natural resource to preserve meat. As such, it is one of the few products that settlers would spend money on or trade for.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Output pool, Kanawha Salt Industry, War of 1812, Kanawha County

On November 10, 1817, Kanawha County salt operators entered into a unique business arrangement that would set the stage for major industries in the late 1800s. Salt was an essential product in early American history. In the early 1800s, Kanawha County became the salt-producing capital of the nation.

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8:16 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Nov. 7 1775 Pioneers Form Forks-of-Cheat Baptist Church

Over the years, the congregation has developed a number of traditions to honor its heritage. Each July, it celebrates Homecoming Sundays and flies a British flag to mark the church’s original colonial status.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Reverend Joseph Gluck, Forks-of-Cheat Baptist Church, 1775, Stewartstown

The Reverend John Corbly and 12 others organized the Forks-of-Cheat Baptist Church on the night of November 7, 1775. the. The meeting took place near Stewartstown, about six miles north of Morgantown. The church remains in service today.

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8:06 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Nov. 6 1863 Battle of Droop Mountain

The Battle of Droop Mountain opened with nearly six hours of artillery fire, musketry, and hand-to-hand combat. Averell’s infantry finally broke through the Confederate left. The Rebels retreated, and the battle turned into a Union rout.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park, General William Averell, General John Echols, Pocahontas County, Lewisburg, Civil War

On November 6, 1863, one of the most important Civil War battles in West Virginia occurred in Pocahontas County. Union General William W. Averell launched a raid, to trap Confederate troops around Lewisburg.

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7:55 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Nov. 5, 1891 Birthday of Greasy Neale

Greasy Neale played Major League baseball for nine years and hit .357 for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1919 World Series.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Greasy Neale, 1919 World Seies, Canton Bulldogs, Cincinnati Reds, National Football League

Alfred Earle Neale was born in Parkersburg on November 5, 1891. As a youth, he excelled at virtually every sport.

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10:36 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Nov. 4 1985 Flooding from Tropical Storm Juan

Despite heroic rescue efforts by first responders, 47 West Virginians died in the 1985 flood, with Pendleton and Grant counties suffering the most deaths. Many of the towns had to rebuild nearly from scratch, and some have never fully recovered.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online; The Parson's Advocate. / Tropical Storm Juan, Parsons WV, North Branch of the Potomac River, South Branch Valley

Four to eight inches of rain had inundated the northern and eastern parts of the state, producing deadly flooding. The Cheat, Greenbrier, Tygart Valley, Little Kanawha, and West Fork rivers along with the North and South Branches of the Potomac River all crested well above flood stage.

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West Virginia History
10:18 am
Mon November 3, 2014

November 3, 1828: Birthday of Surveyor-Geologist Jedediah Hotchkiss

Today, most historians consider Jedediah Hotchkiss to be the greatest mapmaker of the Civil War.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Jedediah Hotchkiss, mapmaking, Stonewall Jackson, Civil War

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West Virginia History
9:24 am
Fri October 31, 2014

October 31, 1990: Ravenswood Aluminum Workers Locked Out

On October 31, 1990, union workers at Ravenswood Aluminum arrived as usual for their midnight shift. Only this time, they were turned away from the gates. Thus began one of the most bitter labor disputes of the late 20th century.

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West Virginia History
11:15 am
Thu October 30, 2014

October 30, 1930: First Mountain State Forest Festival Held

The culminating moment is when West Virginia’s governor crowns the new Queen Silvia.Today, the festival, which is celebrated the first weekend in October, regularly attracts up to 150,000 visitors to the Randolph County seat.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Mountain State Forest Festival, Elkins, 1930, Neil Armstrong, Randolph County, Queen Silvia

The first Mountain State Forest Festival began in Elkins on October 30, 1930. Since then, it has been held every October except for the years 1941 to 1949. The festival was intended to attract tourists to the region, which is known for its hardwood trees and dazzling fall colors.

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West Virginia History
11:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

October 29, 1861: General Lee Ends Three-Month Campaign

There was one upside for Lee during his disastrous adventure. While at Sewell Mountain in Fayette County, he first set eyes on a grey American Saddlebred that would become his faithful companion.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Robert E. Lee, Traveler, Pocahontas County, Cheat Mountain

On October 29, 1861, Confederate commander Robert E. Lee departed present-day West Virginia, near the end of his ill-fated western Virginia campaign. The rest of his Civil War career would rank Lee among the greatest generals in history. However, his first campaign was a total calamity.

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West Virginia History
10:52 am
Tue October 28, 2014

October 28, 1972: Country Singer Brad Paisley Born

At age 14, Paisley became the youngest-ever regular cast member of Jamboree USA. He remained with the Wheeling radio show for eight years.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Brad Paisley, Grand Ole Opry, Glen Dale, Marshall County, C-Notes, Academy of Country Music

Country music superstar Brad Paisley was born in Marshall County on October 28, 1972. At age eight, the Glen Dale native began studying guitar with local musician “Hank” Goddard. Only two years later, he stepped in as the front man for the C-Notes, a local band of older musicians.

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West Virginia History
10:43 am
Mon October 27, 2014

October 27, 1970: Actress & Playwright Ann Kathryn Flagg Died

Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Reverend Joseph Gluck, Forks-of-Cheat Baptist Church, 1775, Stewartstown

  The playwright, teacher, and actress was born in Charleston in 1924. After growing up in the segregated part of town, she graduated from Garnet High School in 1941 and from West Virginia State College four years later.

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