There are some people at West Virginia Public Broadcasting that you probably know – Beth Vorhees, Jim Lange, Suzanne Higgins, etc. That’s because they’re great talents, and they are the people you see on screen and hear on air.
And then, there are lots of folks here you don’t know – but are just as important to making sure we can tell the true story of West Virginia.
Today, we’re instituting a new monthly award to recognize an employee or volunteer at West Virginia Public Broadcasting who goes above and beyond the call of duty.
The first “West Virginia Public Broadcasting Storyteller Award” goes to Thomas Belcher II, one of our engineers in Beckley.
His co-workers call him "Tommy,” and he's described as “multi-talented, tireless, and helpful.”
Belcher may be an engineer, but he is often found helping with issues in the control room and IT as well, according to his co-workers.
Most recently, a crucial editing system was broken and it was unclear if it even could be fixed.
Belcher “tirelessly kept at it until he identified the problem and was able to repair it,” said a co-worker. “He’s one of the first you call on for help, and he’s always right there.”
The monthly winner of the Storyteller Award will receive a $50 gift certificate from the retailer of their choice, funded by an anonymous donor who wants to make sure our employees and volunteers are recognized for the good they do.
To nominate someone for a future award, please e-mail Belinda McCallister at email@example.com no later than the first of the month.
Meanwhile, we say thank you and goodbye to another of our dedicated employees in Beckley, Jeff Beam, who retires this month.
Beam works in IT and broadcast operations and has been with us for more than 30 years. He helped build the network that West Virginia Public Broadcasting relies upon to connect our three main TV transmitters and buildings and transmit our television, radio and digital signals.
He also has helped other state agencies as part of a panel that set state standards in the video and IT areas. And he received a special award from the Governor for his work.
Beam says he’ll have plenty to do in retirement on his acreage – and that we’re all invited to have a party there sometime. We just may have to take him up on that offer…