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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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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West Virginia History
10:22 am
Fri October 24, 2014

October 24, 1861: Voters Approve State of West Virginia

Waitman Willey would argue eloquently for suffrage for African-Americans at the 1872 Constitutional Convention that produced West Virginia’s current constitution.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / 1872, Western Virgnia, Reorganized Government of Virginia

Voters formally approved the formation of West Virginia on October 24, 1861. Many western Virginia residents had been frustrated with the Virginia state government for years. But, they had few options at their disposal because the U.S.

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West Virginia History
10:20 am
Thu October 23, 2014

October 23, 1943: German POWs Arrive at Camp Ashford

Camp Ashford was built in the summer of 1942 by Italian POWs, who stayed at the camp until the German prisoners arrived the following year.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online; The Greenbrier / The Greenbrier, Camp Ashford, White Sulphur Springs, World War II

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West Virginia History
10:07 am
Wed October 22, 2014

October 22, 1977: New River Gorge Bridge Dedicated

The Fayette County bridge has become one of West Virginia’s most recognizable landmarks and was featured on the state quarter. Most significantly, though, it reduced the driving time across the gorge, making travel easier and turning the region’s whitewater-rafting business into a multimillion-dollar industry.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / New River Gorge, Fayette County, Fayette Station Road

The New River Gorge Bridge was dedicated in Fayette County before a crowd of 30,000 on this day in 1977. Throughout history, transportation across the rugged gorge has been a challenge. Its 1,700-foot arch made it the longest single-span arch bridge in the world.

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Radio
9:55 am
Tue October 21, 2014

October 21, 1940: Gov. William Conley Died

After earning his law degree, Conley opened a legal practice in Tucker County and founded the Parsons Advocate newspaper. He also served as mayor of Parsons and Kingwood before being appointed West Virginia attorney general in 1908.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / William Conley, Preston Co., Kingwood, Tucker County, WV Attorney General, Republican, Arch Moore, Cecil Underwood

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West Virginia History
11:02 am
Mon October 20, 2014

October 20, 1966: Senator Harry F. Byrd Dies

Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Harry F. Byrd, Martinsburg Evening Journal, Richard Byrd, 1966, 1887

  U.S. Senator Harry F. Byrd died on October 20, 1966. The Democrat was a pivotal political figure for much of the 20th century.

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West Virginia History
10:50 am
Fri October 17, 2014

October 17, 1785: Virginia General Assembly Establishes Morgan's Town

The town began to take off with the founding of the West Virginia Agricultural College in 1867. Renamed West Virginia University the following year, the school would become the centerpiece of Morgantown.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online; Library of Congress. / Morgantown, Morgan's Town, 1785, 1886, West Virginia University, Zackquill Morgan

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West Virginia History
10:02 am
Thu October 16, 2014

October 16, 1859: John Brown Captures U.S. Armory

Infuriated—and mostly drunken—Harpers Ferry townspeople grabbed their rifles and trapped Brown’s men in the armory’s fire engine house. On the morning of October 18, U.S. Marines under the command of Colonel Robert E. Lee captured Brown and the eight raiders who had survived the ordeal.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Harpers Ferry, John Brown, US Armory, Robert E. Lee, Civil War

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West Virginia History
9:32 am
Wed October 15, 2014

October 15, 1850: Virginia Constitutional Convention

Joseph Johnson of Harrison County called the Virginia Constitutional Convention in 1850 to respond to concerns by residents of western Virginia over feelings of neglect by the state government in Richmond.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Harrison County, Virginia Constitutional Convention, 1850

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West Virginia History
10:22 am
Tue October 14, 2014

October 14, 1947: Chuck Yeager Breaks the Sound Barrier

Chuck served in California as a test pilot for high-speed planes. A year after breaking the sound barrier, he visited Charleston flying his Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star jet beneath the city's South Side Bridge.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Chuck Yeager, Lockheed P-80, Charleston, Lincoln County, World War II

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West Virginia History
10:34 am
Mon October 13, 2014

October 13, 1903: Bishop John Joseph Kain Dies

A native of Martinsburg, John Joseph Kain's missions ranged from nearby Harpers Ferry to Leesburg, Virginia. During his seven years in this position, he helped rebuild communities that had been ravaged by the Civil War.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / John Joseph Kain, Martinsburg, Wheeling, Diocese of Wheeling, St. Louis, Civil War, Harpers Ferry

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West Virginia History
9:41 am
Fri October 10, 2014

October 10, 1774: The Battle of Point Pleasant

Shawnee Chief Cornstalk decided to attack Andrew Lewis’s troops at Point Pleasant before they could unite with Dunmore’s army.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Cornstalk, Andrew Lewis, Battle of Point Pleasant, Lord Dunmore's War, 1774,

On October 10, 1774, perhaps the most important battle ever fought in present-day West Virginia occurred at Point Pleasant. It was preceded by a long spring and summer of deadly violence between settlers and Indians. In response to these hostilities, Virginia Governor Lord Dunmore dispatched two armies to attack Shawnee villages in Ohio. Dunmore personally led the northern army, while the southern column was under Colonel Andrew Lewis. 

West Virginia History
8:33 am
Thu October 9, 2014

October 9, 2001: Actress and Model Dagmar Dies

Dagmar was one of the most recognizable faces on television and even graced the cover of Life magazine.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Dagmar, Milton Berle, Frank Sinatra, Life Magazine, Dagmar's Canteen, Ceredo, Huntington, 1921, 2001, Huntington

The entertainer known as Dagmar died on October 9, 2001. In the 1950s, she was one of the most recognizable faces on television and even graced the cover of Life magazine. Born Virginia Ruth Egnor in Logan County in 1921, she moved with her family to Huntington, where she attended Huntington High School.

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Radio
8:47 am
Wed October 8, 2014

October 8, 1764: Harman Blennerhassett Born in London

Harman Blennerhasset was born to a wealthy Irish family in London, and with his wife Margaret would build the immense mansion on the Ohio River, named for them.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Aaron Burr, Harman Blennerhassett, 1805 plot, Thomas Jefferson, Blennerhassett Island, Ohio River

Harman Blennerhassett was born in London on October 8, 1764. He and his wife Margaret immigrated to the United States in 1796. Two years later, they settled on an island in the Ohio River near Parkersburg. In 1800, they built an immense mansion on what would become known as Blennerhassett Island.

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West Virginia History
9:37 am
Tue October 7, 2014

October 7, 1747: Ebenezer Zane Born Near Moorefield

Born near present-day Moorefield, Zane and his brothers settled at the confluence of Wheeling Creek and the Ohio River, and later laid out the town of Wheeling.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Zane, Wheeling, homstead

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West Virginia History
8:19 am
Mon October 6, 2014

October 6, 1933: Civil Rights Legend J.R. Clifford Dies

Civil rights trailblazer J. R. Clifford, a native of present-day Grant County, founded Martinsburg’s Pioneer Press, the first black-owned newspaper in West Virginia.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / J.R.Clifford, Pioneer Press, Martinsburg, Harpers Ferry, NAACP, Civil War, Taylor County, Grant County

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West Virginia History
8:07 am
Fri October 3, 2014

October 3, 1864: Confederate Raider McNeill Wounded in Va.

Capt. John McNeill formed his guerrilla force in September 1862 and operated out of the Moorefield area; launching raids on Union troops and camps.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / McNeill's Rangers, Moorefield, Hardy County, 1864, 1862, Benjamin Kelley, George Crook, Jesse McNeill

In the predawn hours of October 3, 1864, Confederate guerilla John “Hanse” McNeill led a raid near Mount Jackson, Virginia. After a quick exchange of fire with Union cavalry, McNeill collapsed from a gunshot wound. He would die five weeks later, and his son Jesse led the rangers until the end of the war.


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