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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7:41 am
Thu December 18, 2014

December 18, 1842: Senator Nathan B. Scott Born

Scott quickly amassed a fortune in business and banking. He then moved to nearby Wheeling, where he accumulated even more wealth as president of the Central Glass Company. He also made hefty sums of money in the coal industry and founded Dollar Savings and Trust, which is now WesBanco.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / e-WV

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7:32 am
Wed December 17, 2014

December 17, 1861: Henry Ruffner Died

In 1847, he published what today is commonly known as the Ruffner Pamphlet. In it, he argued that all slaves should be set free gradually over time. Unlike some abolitionists, his gradual emancipation theory wasn’t based on moral grounds. It was more of an economic and social theory.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / e-WV

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2:36 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

December 16, 1897: Last Public Hanging in West Virginia

The rowdy scene prompted West Virginia lawmakers to take action. A little more than a year later, Governor George W. Atkinson signed a law that banned public executions, making West Virginia was one of the first states to do so.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / e-WV

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7:03 am
Mon December 15, 2014

December 15, 1967: The Silver Bridge Collapses Killing 46

A faulty eyebar eventually cracked and began to corrode, out of sight from the public or bridge inspectors. At about 5 p.m. on December 15, the eyebar failed, setting off a series of other failures that caused the bridge to collapse.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / e-WV

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11:43 am
Fri December 12, 2014

December 12, 1975: Original Shoney's Closes

The business took off when Schoenbaum purchased the Southeastern U.S. franchise rights for the Big Boy hamburger chain.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / e-WV

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8:57 am
Thu December 11, 2014

December 11, 1905: Filmmaker Pare Lorentz Born

The Plow That Broke the Fields was a pioneering film that helped change how documentaries were made. In 1937, he made another film for the administration. The River showed in emotional terms how the New Deal was addressing environmental problems.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / e-WV

After attending West Virginia Wesleyan College for a year, he transferred to West Virginia University, where he wrote stories for West Virginia Moonshine magazine. At the age of 20, he moved to New York City and began writing for some of the nation’s most popular magazines.

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8:25 am
Wed December 10, 2014

December 10, 1844: Clergyman William "Uncle" Dyke Garrett Born

With Hatfield, Garrett was a member of the Camp Straton United Confederate Veterans, which controlled Logan County politics for 45 years. He also was known as an exceptional fiddle player. “Uncle Dyke” Garrett died in 1938 at the age of 96.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online & Lillian Porter Smith.. / e-WV

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8:21 am
Tue December 9, 2014

December 9, 1932: Songwriter Billy Edd Wheeler Born

In addition, Wheeler wrote the long-running Hatfields and McCoys play, performed by Theatre West Virginia. In 2007, Billy Edd Wheeler was inducted into the inaugural class of the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.
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8:29 am
Mon December 8, 2014

December 8, 1854: Glassmaker William Blenko Born in England

The Blenko factory still operates in Milton. Blenko stained glass can be found in Washington’s National Cathedral and the U.S. Air Force Academy chapel in Colorado, among other places.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online.

Glassmaker William Blenko was born in England on December 8, 1854. In his late thirties, he immigrated to the United States and tried to produce stained glass for a living. Unfortunately, business after business failed—until he wound up in the Cabell County town of Milton in 1921.

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8:21 am
Fri December 5, 2014

December 5, 1916: Benjamin Gravely Receives Patent for Motor Plow

From this simple start, he kept adapting the plow until he perfected it. In 1922, he founded the Gravely Motor Plow and Cultivator Company in Dunbar.
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8:12 am
Thu December 4, 2014

December 4, 1883: Reformer Stella Fuller Born

Fuller's independent leadership style often brought her into conflict with Salvation Army officials. For instance, she organized a softball team that played on Sundays in violation of the group’s rules.
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7:57 am
Wed December 3, 2014

December 3, 1787: James Rumsey Tests First Steamboat Near Shepherdstown

Spectators gathered in Shepherdstown along the banks of the Potomac River to watch history being made.
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7:37 am
Tue December 2, 2014

December 2, 1933: Charlestown Race Track Opens

In 1996, West Virginia voters approved placing video lottery machines at the state’s tracks. Today, the track—now known as Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races—brings in most of its revenue from video slots and table games.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online.

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8:12 am
Mon December 1, 2014

December 1, 1998: Political Consultant Matthew Reese Dies

Burnside, who had been Reese’s political science teacher at Marshall College, later hired Reese as a congressional aide.

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10:17 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Nov. 28 1891 WVU Plays First Football Game

After that initial loss, WVU didn’t field a team again for two years. Its teams gradually got more competitive.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / West Virginia University Football, Washington and Jefferson College, F.L. Emory, WVU Athletic Association

On November 28, 1891, West Virginia University played its first football game ever. The contest didn’t go as hoped. About 250 fans showed up at a field south of Morgantown to watch Washington and Jefferson shut out WVU 72 to 0.

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8:15 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Nov. 27 1933 WVU President Daniel Purinton Dies

Purinton taught logic, mathematics, metaphysics, and vocal music. He also wrote about 40 songs in his lifetime. In 1881, he became acting president of the university and was an early supporter of co-education.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / West Virginia University, Daniel Purinton, Preston County, Dennison College

Daniel B. Purinton died in Morgantown on November 27, 1933. A native of Preston County, he was one of West Virginia University’s early graduates. He earned a bachelor of arts from the school in 1873 and a master of arts in 1876. He later received a doctorate from the University of Nashville.

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8:06 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Nov. 26 1921 Publisher Ned Chilton Born

Chilton saved his most spirited attacks for Governor Arch Moore, who commonly referred to the Gazette as the “morning sick call.”
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Ned Chilton, Charleston Gazette, Governor Arch Moore, WV House of Delegates

Ned Chilton was born on November 26, 1921. Chilton served four terms in the state House of Delegates in the 1950s. He made his biggest political splash, however, after becoming publisher of the Charleston Gazette newspaper in 1961.

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8:03 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Nov. 25 1927 First WV State Geologist I.C. White Dies

In 1897, White was appointed West Virginia’s first state geologist, a position he held until his death. Although he often worked for oil and gas companies, he was an advocate for conservation and coal mine safety.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Israel Charles White, anticlines, WV oil and gas industry, Monongalia County,

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9:27 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Nov. 24 1883 Izetta Jewell Kenny Born

In 1922, Izetta Jewell Brown became the first woman south of the Mason-Dixon Line to run for the U.S. Senate. She lost the Democratic nomination to Matthew Neely by only 6,000 votes.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Izetta Jewell Brown, US Senate, William Gay Brown, Preston County

Izetta Jewell Kenny was born in New Jersey on November 24, 1883. In 1914, she moved to West Virginia with her husband, William Gay Brown, a congressman from Kingwood.  In 1920—the year women got the right to vote nationally—Brown attended the National Democratic Convention.

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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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