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Re: Greetings

Bob Traister <dxcc@...>
 

Hi Ross and All:


This is a great idea and a welcome walk down memory lane.

Here's the condensed version of my life from my WJMA years to the present:

I worked for Arch from the Summer of 1969 until January of 1971 when I left to take a job as salesman at my Alma Mater, WFTR Radio in Front Royal. In 1964, I started my radio career there as an announcer while I was still in 10th grade at Warren County High School. I retired from broadcasting (permanently???) late in 1977 as Sales Manager and Chief Engineer of WFTR.

I began my next career in 1978 as a freelance writer. From 1978 until 1995, I wrote 152 textbooks and technical books on various subjects that ranged from broadcasting to flying light aircraft to computer programming. My publishers were McGraw-Hill, Prentice-Hall, Harcourt-Brace-Jovanovich, Academic Press, and Simon & Schuster. In early 1995, a Washington DC firm contacted me with questions about one of my books on computer programming. A few weeks later, I was contracted by them to develop a major (for me) software product, one for which I still provide support today. I entered semi-retirement in 1997. I also had a separate career in politics, having served as a Town Councilman, starting in 1977, and retiring as Mayor of Front Royal in 1992.

Oddly enough, my "permanent" retirement from broadcasting came to an end in 1999, when I went back to work for WFTR (and WZRV-FM) as a part-time engineer, a position I hold to this day. So, I'm still keeping my hand in radio broadcasting.

As was the case when I lived in Orange, I am still an avid ham radio operator, but my newest passion is SCUBA diving. In June of last year, I achieved the certification of Divemaster and hope to become a certified SCUBA instructor in the Summer of this year. I have just returned from a diving trip to the island of Bonaire, about 40 miles off of the North coast of Venezuela, and I'll be going back again as soon as time and money permit.

On a personal note, I am currently single, having gone through a divorce from my first wife in 1975 and my second wife in 1984. For me, marriage is sort of like taking a bath: Once you've been in it awhile, it doesn't seem so hot.(chuckle) My son, Rob, is doing well as a graphics designer. Thankfully, he is currently in Virginia, having just returned from an extended stay in California. Lastly, those of you who knew me as a rather long-haired individual will be tickled to know that I still have long hair........ both of them!!

I am saddened to hear, again, of the passing of Pat, Gene, Gil, and the other former WJMA employees. I knew and worked with these first three, having been especially close to Gil Bryan, who lived near me after our WJMA days and who was a one-time golf buddy and business partner before moving away. The email confirming their deaths brought the loss to full reality but also rekindled memories of the wonderful times that we once had.

On a happier note, my life's philosophy is still the same as it was way back in 1969 when I went to work for Arch, "Anything worth doing is also worth OVERdoing."

And, yes, I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.



Warmest Regards to All on this List,


...bob


Greetings All

dxcc <dxcc@...>
 

Hi Ross and All:


This is a great idea and a welcome walk down memory lane.

Here's the condensed version of my life from my WJMA years to the present:

I worked for Arch from the Summer of 1969 until January of 1971 when I left to take a job as salesman at my Alma Mater, WFTR Radio in Front Royal. In 1964, I started my radio career there as an announcer while I was still in 10th grade at Warren County High School. I retired from broadcasting (permanently???) late in 1977 as Sales Manager and Chief Engineer of WFTR.

I began my next career in 1978 as a freelance writer. From 1978 until 1995, I wrote 152 textbooks and technical books on various subjects that ranged from broadcasting to flying light aircraft to computer programming. My publishers were McGraw-Hill, Prentice-Hall, Harcourt-Brace-Jovanovich, Academic Press, and Simon & Schuster. In early 1995, a Washington DC firm contacted me with questions about one of my books on computer programming. A few weeks later, I was contracted by them to develop a major (for me) software product, one for which I still provide support today. I entered semi-retirement in 1997. I also had a separate career in politics, having served as a Town Councilman, starting in 1977, and retiring as Mayor of Front Royal in 1992.

Oddly enough, my "permanent" retirement from broadcasting came to an end in 1999, when I went back to work for WFTR (and WZRV-FM) as a part-time engineer, a position I hold to this day. So, I'm still keeping my hand in radio broadcasting.

As was the case when I lived in Orange, I am still an avid ham radio operator, but my newest passion is SCUBA diving. In June of last year, I achieved the certification of Divemaster and hope to become a certified SCUBA instructor in the Summer of this year. I have just returned from a diving trip to the island of Bonaire, about 40 miles off of the North coast of Venezuela, and I'll be going back again as soon as time and money permit.

On a personal note, I am currently single, having gone through a divorce from my first wife in 1975 and my second wife in 1984. For me, marriage is sort of like taking a bath: Once you've been in it awhile, it doesn't seem so hot.(chuckle) My son, Rob, is doing well as a graphics designer. Thankfully, he is currently in Virginia, having just returned from an extended stay in California. Lastly, those of you who knew me as a rather long-haired individual will be tickled to know that I still have long hair........ both of them!!

I am saddened to hear, again, of the passing of Pat, Gene, Gil, and the other former WJMA employees. I knew and worked with these first three, having been especially close to Gil Bryan, who lived near me after our WJMA days and who was a one-time golf buddy and business partner before moving away. The email confirming their deaths brought the loss to full reality but also rekindled memories of the wonderful times that we once had.

On a happier note, my life's philosophy is still the same as it was way back in 1969 when I went to work for Arch, "Anything worth doing is also worth OVERdoing."

And, yes, I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.



Warmest Regards to All on this List,


...bob


Re: Where's Ann?

Chap Harrison
 


Where are you and what are you doing these days?

Ross Hunter

Ross, hi!

I'm living near the small town of Langley, on Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound, north of Seattle. Currently working as a Macintosh computer consultant. My career has been pretty computer-oriented, and recently, in the past three years, I've been moving away from writing software and towards educating and providing technical assistance to people using computers for creative purposes. My next door neighbor does a blues show on a local radio station, and also does a lot of digital video work. I'm learning about it.

It's really great that you initiated this list - I was always pretty much on the periphery of 'JMA, but I came in contact with a number of the regulars, and it will be a pleasure to revisit old memories and hear from the old gang.

Undoubtedly, my father will be weighing in shortly... so, "stay tuned".

Chap


Re: Who's here

Mark Johnson
 

--- David Taylor <taylordr@...> wrote:

My first on-air stint came as a producer(?) and news
reader during
Russ' Sunday night talk show.
Ah yes! That was before my time but I used to listen
each week.

I think it was called "Airline".

Russ sometimes sang "It Had to be You" during slow
moments.

That reminds me of another Sunday show that was on for
a while in the mid 70's. It was a request show and I
recall someone requesting that Bill Little and Pat
Watson sing "The Yellow Rose of Texas".


Mark Johnson

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Re: Who's here

David Taylor
 

Wow! Impressive list, Ross ... must've taken quite a bit of work to track us all down. Thanks for doing such great work!

Just scanning through the list brought back a lot of memories for me (part-time announcer/sportscaster from 1975 to 1978). After leaving WJMA, I worked for a handful of other stations for about five years, but none had the impact on my life that 'Radio Orange' did. I first thought radio might be the career for me as a freshman in high school and Arch worked with me patiently (as well as Ross, Russ Roberts, Jean Love, etc.) for many months to help me lose my central Virginia accent. My first on-air stint came as a producer(?) and news reader during Russ' Sunday night talk show. I can't imagine any of the managers or staffs at any of the other stations I worked for spending that much time with a high school kid.

Though radio hasn't remained my career, I use many of the skills that I began to develop at WJMA every day. I'm currently the Director of Electronic Communications at James Madison University. My primary duties include the JMU Web site and production of promotional videos for the university.

And I'll never forget Bill Little giving me a shot at baseball play-by-play in '75 ... I guess I've never gotten over the thrill of calling a game ... just this afternoon I did a JMU-William & Mary women's basketball contest. Today was every bit as much fun as that first game 27 years ago at Porterfield Park.

I'm delighted to be a part of this and look forward to hearing from all of you and finding out how you're doing.

David


Re: Let's get started

Mark Johnson
 

Hello Ross and All,

Great idea Ross, I am glad you have put this together.

I would be interested in reading WJMA
mini-autobiograhies of everyone and learning the years
that everyone worked there and what their various jobs
were.

To get the idea off the ground:

I attended the Ace Broadcasting Academy in the late
Summer of 1981. There were four students and I figured
the odds were against me. But by about the third week
the other three had all dropped out. Weeee!

After "graduation" I started working on the weekends.
Mainly Saturday evening and some Sunday afternoons.

At that time there was a different announcer each
evening. I'll try to remember them on their correct
nights.

Debbie Carr Monday
Pete York Tuesday
Debbie Carr Wednesday
Nancy Howes Thursday
Youtha Whitten Friday

Very soon after I arrived, Debbie Carr left, and I
picked up her two nights. Then Pete York and Nancy
Howes also moved on, and I picked up their nights.

I believe Jean Love had been working Sunday afternoons
(and in fact one of my first On-Air training sessions
was with Jean) and she also decided to leave fairly
soon after I came on board.

So, from working one day a week I suddenly was working
every day except Friday (and I was delighted to fill
in for Youtha whenever she needed to take off too!).

What great fun those times were.

I have other memories and stories that I'll post when
I get the chance.

Mark Johnson



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Where's Ann?

Ross Hunter <xhunter@...>
 

Chap Harrison

(By the way, where is Ann "Miss Message" Harrison?)
Chap,

An oversight on my part. I've added Ann to the list.

Where are you and what are you doing these days?

Ross Hunter


Re: Who's here

Chap Harrison
 

My stint as a "part-time announcer" was limited to a few nights in 1978 - we were doing split broadcasts, with Orange Hornet basketball on the AM. Molly Hoffman was handling the FM, while I sat in Studio B and gave the station i.d. when Bill Little gave the signal. Except for that, my mellifluous broadcast voice & personality never graced 1340/96+.

Aside from that, I was instrumental in completely organizing and sorting out the records up in the attic. Whew. That was one hot summer.

Chap Harrison

(By the way, where is Ann "Miss Message" Harrison?)


Re: Who's here

Chap Harrison
 

I'm here... hello there Ross, Dave...

Chap


those not here

Ross Hunter <xhunter@...>
 

Here is a list of those who have died. At least those that I am aware of. When I get finished with the data entry, I'll post a list of those I could not locate.

Ross Hunter
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Bob Barnett , 1974-19?? Gene Bossieux , 1962-19??
Gil Bryan , 1966-19?? June Humes , 19??--19?? Mac Moore , 1973--19??
Ed Painter , 1965--19?? Joe Simms , 1961--19?? Pat Watson , 1966-1987?


Who's here

Ross Hunter <xhunter@...>
 

Here's a list of those on this list as we begin. Please find your name and see if I have the right information. My memory is fuzzy on some details.

Ross Hunter
-------------------------------------------------------
Bev Allison 1966-19?? news stringer
Phil Audibert 1976-19?? News Director
Joe Boucher 1995?-- current Program Director
Chet Burgess 1973--19?? News Director
Mitzi Clark 1977--19?? news stringer-Greene County
Len Cowherd 1978--19?? engineer
Midge Craun 1982--19?? sales/traffic/bookkeepping
Clint Estes 1977-still there sports play-by-play
Alex Formwalt 1967--19?? parttime announcer
Andre Gainsback 1984--19?? parttime announcer
Gary Gardner 1973--19?? announcer
Jane Gardner 1973--19?? news stringer
Phil Goodwin 1974?--still there announcer/current News Director
Ralph Graves 1983--19?? parttime announcer
Tom Graves 1979--19?? Sports Director/announcer
Bill Hager 1961--19?? engineer
Ben Hargett friend/sponsor
Arch Harrison 1961-1985 owner/General Manger
Chap Harrison 1968--19?? parttime announcer
Reid Harrison 1982--19?? parttime announcer/news stringer
Molly Hoffman 19??--19?? announcer
Jerry Hooper parttime announcer
Nancy Howes 19??--19?? parttime announcer
Ross Hunter 1971--1986 Operations Manager
Mark Johnson 1982--19?? parttime announcer
Susan Kalan 19??--19?? sales
Jay Kiernan 19??--19?? parttime announcer/production
Andy Lax 1970--19?? parttime announcer
John Lee 19??--19?? News Director
Bill Little 1962-1984 announcer/sales/Sales Manager
Jean Love 1972--19?? announcer
Jay Marks 19??--19?? parttime announcer
Patricia McArver 1978--19?? News Director
Laurie McCullough 19??--19?? parttime announcer
Les Myers 1970--19?? announcer
Tom Osina 1979--19?? announcer
Barbara Potter 1977--19?? parttime administrative/news
Russ Roberts 1972--19?? announcer
John Schick current General Manager
Red Shipley 19??--19?? partitme / current morning announcer
Lex Smith 1979--19?? sales
David Taylor 19??--19?? parttime announcer
Mary Thompson 1976--19?? announcer/sales
Bob Traister 1969--19?? announcer
Bob Wade 1975--19?? announcer
Joe Whitten 1982--19?? parttime announcer
Youtha Whitten 19??--19?? parttime announcer
Dave Williamson 19??--19?? parttime announcer
Seth Williamson 196?--19?? parttime announcer
Cathy Wills 19??-1971 parttime announcer
Pete York 1982--19?? parttime announcer


Let's get started

Ross Hunter <xhunter@...>
 

This is the beginning of the WJMA Alumni listserve. Yahoo won't let me add more that 50 email addresses to start a list. After the initial 50 individuals have to add themselves. After a lot of searching we've located 50 current and former WJMA employees.

I think I've written to or spoken to almost everyone I've added to start this list. If you've been added and don't want to be, use the unsubscribe information that is sent along with this email.

The idea for this list can be credited to Les Myers (1970) who wrote: "Why don't you develop a listserv that all three or four of us who are within e mail contact could palaver?" It turns out _everyone_ has email. I've started this, now it's up to you to keep it going.

I don't expect the traffic on this list to be heavy once the initial surge passes. If at anytime you want to leave, just follow the unsubscribe link.
I'll send another email with a list of who is on the list. If you have contact with someone not on the list, invite them to join or send their email address to me and I'll invite them. (My email address is: xhunter@...). I'll also send a list of those I have not been able to locate and those who have died.

I've included John Schick, current WJMA General Manager, and Joe Boucher, current WJMA Program Director, to keep us posted on current WJMA news. There's a lot happening to the stations these days. I hope they'll chime in soon.

Almost everyone now on the list comes from the Arch Harrison era. The list is not limited to that crowd. However membership is not open to anyone. I don't have any records or much knowledge of the staff after I left in 1986. New members must ask to be added. If you know someone who would like to be added, please pass along the name.

This list is a good place to let us know where you are and what you are doing. I'd also encourage you to pass along interesting web links to broadcasting sites. Like printer's ink, it's hard to get broadcasting out from under your nails. If you go to the Yahoo Groups homepage of the WJMA Group, you will find links to photos. I've posted a few with old station logos. Those files are open to all list members. Feel free to add any memorabilia you have. All emails to this group are archived. Any late joining folks can go back and review old messages.

Back in 1983 when WJMA was about change ownership, we had a Farewell To The First Golden Era gathering. Many of you were there. Les Myers was, and remains, in Maine and was not able to attend. He wrote that "I wish I could be there to celebrate, tell bawdy backroom ballads, tearjerking tales, jousting with jovial wit and rerunning the Best of the Menus." Now through the miracle that is the internet, we can reconvene the party and exchange tales. Let the fun begin.

Ross Hunter


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