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.

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8:18 am
Fri January 30, 2015

January 30, 1895: Mingo County Formed

The count stood at 54 for nearly a quarter-century. But, by the 1890s, the southern part of Logan County was booming thanks to the Norfolk & Western Railway, which was expanding through the region.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

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8:09 am
Thu January 29, 2015

January 29, 1873: Chesapeake & Ohio Completed

The southern West Virginia leg of the railroad was one of the great engineering feats of the late 19th century.
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8:01 am
Wed January 28, 2015

January 28, 1937: Worst Recorded Flooding Occurs Along the Ohio River

Nobody living between Huntington and Parkersburg had ever seen anything like the 1937 flood, which was brought on by melting snow and 19 straight days of rain.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

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7:54 am
Tue January 27, 2015

January 27, 1925: Reverend Bernard Coffindaffer Born

At age 59, he was taking a nap one day and had a profound religious experience.
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On January 27, 1925, the Reverend Bernard Coffindaffer was born at Craigsville in Nicholas County. During World War II, he served in the Marines and was wounded on Iwo Jima. After the war, he returned to West Virginia and amassed a small fortune through a coal-washing business.

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7:45 am
Mon January 26, 2015

January 26, 1960: Burnsville Guard Danny Heater Scores 135 Points

In the game, Heater hit 53 of 70 field goal tries for a remarkable 75 percent clip.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

On January 26, 1960, 17-year-old guard Danny Heater of Burnsville High School scored a record-breaking 135 points in a basketball game against Widen High School. He easily shattered the previous state high school record of 74 and the national record of 120.

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8:36 am
Fri January 23, 2015

January 23, 1888: Labor Leader Fred Mooney Born

Mooney was part of a more radical leadership team that also included district President Fred Keeney and Vice President Bill Blizzard.
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Labor leader Fred Mooney was born in Kanawha County on January 23, 1888. At age 13, he began working in coal mines as a trapper boy.  Six years later, at the young age of 19, he became secretary-treasurer of District 17 of the United Mine Workers of America.

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8:29 am
Thu January 22, 2015

January 22, 1927: Confederate General John McCausland Died

McCausland had grown up at Henderson, near Point Pleasant.
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Confederate Brigadier General John McCausland died at his Mason County home on January 22, 1927. He was 90 years old and the next-to-the-last living Confederate general. He was survived by a little more than a year by Felix Robertson.

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8:19 am
Wed January 21, 2015

January 21, 1906: First Passenger Train on the Coal & Coke Railroad

It allowed him to market coal and timber resources from his vast landholdings in Randolph, Upshur, Braxton, Gilmer, and Barbour counties.
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8:10 am
Tue January 20, 2015

January 20, 1824: Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson Born

Jackson spent the next 10 years teaching philosophy and artillery at the Virginia Military Institute.
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Thomas Jackson was born in Clarksburg around midnight on the evening of January 20, 1824. He was raised by an uncle at Jackson’s Mill in Lewis County and then attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He fought gallantly during the Mexican War but resigned from the army after the war.

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9:25 am
Mon January 19, 2015

January 19, 1894: John Hardy Hanged in Welch

Hardy was just one of tens of thousands of African Americans who poured into southern West Virginia in the late 1800s and early 1900s to work in the coal and railroad industries.
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John Hardy was hanged in the McDowell County seat of Welch on January 19, 1894. The black railroad worker had been convicted of murdering a man in a gambling dispute at present-day Eckman.

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9:34 am
Fri January 16, 2015

January 16, 1892: Activist Robert Simmons Dies

So, in 1862, Simmons and other free black men established Sumner School in Parkersburg.
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Robert Simmons died at his Parkersburg home on January 16, 1892. A free black man during the days of slavery, he moved to Parkersburg in 1841 and earned a living as a barber. He and his wife Sarah worried that their nine children wouldn’t receive a proper education.

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9:13 am
Thu January 15, 2015

January 15, 1890: West Virginia Legislators Convene to Choose Governor

After the initial election tally in November 1888, Republican Nathan Goff Jr. had held a 106-vote lead over Democrat A. B. Fleming.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

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9:47 am
Wed January 14, 2015

January 14, 1957: Cecil Underwood Inaugurated State's Youngest Governor

A Democratic-controlled legislature blocked most of his agenda. Most notably, it slashed 90 percent from Underwood’s proposed $500 million road program.
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9:05 am
Tue January 13, 2015

January 13, 1889: Beckley Newspaperman Charles Hodel Born

In 1929, Hodel and his associates acquired the Register’s competitor, the Post-Herald, which became Beckley’s morning paper. The Register was then published in the afternoons and on Sundays.
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Newspaperman Charles Hodel was born in Ohio on January 13, 1889. After learning the printing trade, he moved to Beckley at age 24 and became editor and general manager of the Raleigh Register newspaper. Thanks to the rapidly expanding coal industry, Beckley was a booming town.

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8:16 am
Mon January 12, 2015

January 12, 1939: Anna Johnson Gates Died

In 1922, Gates was elected to the West Virginia Legislature, becoming the first woman ever to serve in that body. During her one term in the legislature, she sponsored 13 pieces of legislation, and five were passed.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

Anna Johnson Gates died on January 12, 1939, just before her 50th birthday. In the 1910s, the East Bank native fought for women’s suffrage. After women were granted the vote nationally in 1920, she served as the associate chair of Kanawha County’s Democratic Executive Committee.

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8:10 am
Fri January 9, 2015

January 9, 1911: State Poet Laureate Louise McNeill Born

With its rich tapestry of stories and characters, McNeill's Gauley Mountain is still hailed as a classic work of American poetry.
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West Virginia Poet Laureate Louise McNeill was born on her family’s Pocahontas County farm on January 9, 1911. Her first book, Gauley Mountain, was published in 1939. In it, she peppered her poems with the speech and dialect she’d grown up with.

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8:05 am
Thu January 8, 2015

January 8, 1964: President Johnson Declares War on Poverty

The resulting initiative featured a wide range of programs, including training for unemployed coal miners to learn new skills. Most controversially, it provided funding to community action groups, many of which failed to accomplish their objectives.
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8:00 am
Wed January 7, 2015

January 7, 1933: Jamboree Airs on WWVA

At its peak, it could be heard across much of the East Coast and even in parts of Canada.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

On January 7, 1933, the Jamboree first aired on WWVA radio in Wheeling. Along with other radio shows of the day—like the Grand Old Opry, the Chicago Barn Dance, and the Louisiana Hayride—the weekly Jamboree helped make country music an international sensation.

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8:54 am
Tue January 6, 2015

January 6, 1828: Ward Hill Lamon Born in Jefferson County

Lincoln brought Lamon with him to Washington to serve as U.S. marshal of the District of Columbia. The six-foot four-inch Lamon’s official job was to oversee the city’s prisons.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

On January 6, 1828, Ward Hill Lamon was born in Jefferson County. He was raised at Bunker Hill, in Berkeley County, before moving to Danville, Illinois, at age 18. In 1852, Lamon’s life took a historic twist when he became the law partner of a former congressman—Abraham Lincoln.

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8:48 am
Mon January 5, 2015

January 5, 1887: New Capitol Building Dedicated in Charleston

The dedication event in Charleston marked the capital’s final journey—at least in terms of host cities.
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