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.

Radio
10:07 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Oct. 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. And, at 876 feet above the New River, it was the highest automobile bridge in the world. Today, it is still the longest steel span in the Western Hemisphere and the third highest in the United States.

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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.


West Virginia History
8:33 am
Thu October 2, 2014

October 2, 1924: Labor Leader Miles Stanley Is Born

Miles Stanley was born on Oct. 2, 1924 and rose to become a national labor leader.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Miles Stanley, labor, AFL-CIO, Dunbar, 1924

One of West Virginia’s most important labor leaders was born in Dunbar on October 2, 1924. Before his untimely death at age 49, Miles Stanley would become one of a major AFL-CIO leader and use his influential position to urge the Appalachian region to develop a more skilled workforce.

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West Virginia History
10:08 am
Wed October 1, 2014

October 1, 1896: Rural Free Mail Delivery Begins

The Rural Free Delivery service took the chore of getting the mail off the backs of America's farmers.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / rural delivery, RFD, 1896, farmers, Postmaster General,

In 1896, the nation’s first Rural Free Delivery, known as RFD, was introduced in West Virginia. Prior to this, people in rural areas didn’t have access to mail delivery. To get their mail, farm families had to travel to a town, which, in some cases, could be an all-day trip. And more than half the country’s 76 million people lived on farms.

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