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movin' on

Ross Hunter
 

Arch hired me to work at WJMA in the summer of 1971. I started on Monday Aug 23 thinking Orange would be a good place to start and I might stay a couple of years. Now, 47 years later we’re moving.

The moving van comes today (11/14) and tomorrow we sign papers to sell the house. We’re going to Lexington, South Carolina, to be closer to our daughter and two grand children. It’s very bittersweet to leave Orange and Virginia, a place both Carol and I have lived longer than anywhere else. It’s sad to leave so many friends. It will be nice to be more a part of our grand kids lives as they grow. They’re now 6 and almost 3.

I’m taking almost all my collection of WJMA archives and memorabilia. I’ve spoken to the Orange County Historical Society and they are more than willing to take the collection of WJMA history. They don’t have the space to store physical materials, but are happy to take digitized files. I’ll need to get back to scanning and digitizing. The Historical Society thinks that the Virginia Historical Society may be interested in the physical archives. When you made that air check all those years ago, did you ever think it might be preserved in a historical archive?

I know the Virginia Historical Society has the WRVA archive. WRVA has a very big footprint in Virginia broadcast history. WJMA’s archive would be a nice compliment from a small market perspective. Over the years, I’ve looked at may radio station history web sites. I’ve never seen one with as much saved at WJMA. Thank you for all your contributions. If you come across additional items you’ve saved, please allow me to make a copy.

When we get settled, I hope to get back to re-editing the WJMA documentary. I’m making it “wide screen”, updating graphics, adding images I didn’t have for the first version, replacing some low resolution images with newer scans, and adding some WJMA audio.

Ross
71-86

WCVA WCUL

Kevin Larkin
 

Hello Radio Orange alums. I stumbled across this group from a facebook post.  I'm an alum of WCVA/WCUL from the late 70's and 80's. I'm curious if anyone is aware of a similar group, pics, etc. fro WCVA from the Culpeper Broadcasting days. 
Thanks in advance for any help.

Re: A story from Arch

Les Myers
 

Ha! This dog is so shaggy that it would have to be clipped roundly before admission to theanimal shelter.
 


-----Original Message-----
From: jrhunter3@...
Sent: Sat, 22 Sep 2018 21:21:29 -0400
To: wjma@groups.io
Subject: Re: [WJMA] A story from Arch

Ouch, that hurts. 

From the beginning of the story I thought it a concept proposal for Lost.

Ross
71-86


On Sep 22, 2018, at 9:14 PM, Les Myers <baroque@...> wrote:

I found this story from Arch Harrison on my hard drive this evening:

A truck driver is heading west across the Arizona desert. He's been
 driving all night and as the sun starts to rise, he feels the need to
 stop and commune with nature. He pulls to the side of the road,
 parks, and walks out into the sage brush.

 As he is standing there looking around at the beauty of the early
 morn, he notices a lever sticking out of the ground. After a few
 moments he walks over, walks all the way around, and then reaches out
 to grasp the lever. As he does he hears a voice say, "Don't touch
 that lever!"

 The driver jumps about two feet off the ground and as he comes down,
 he looks around. No one is to be seen. Thinking it was just his
 imagination he again reaches for the lever. Again the voice yells, "I
 said don't touch that lever!"

 Being more prepared, the driver senses the location of the voice and
 looks down under a sage brush.  There he sees a small snake.

 The driver, in much astonishment, said, "Was that you that spoke?"

 The snake said, "Yes. I have to keep people from touching that lever.
 If the lever is moved it will be the end of the world."

 The driver, still rather astonished, said, "What is your name? And
 will you talk on TV?" The snake said his name was Nathan, his friends
 called him Nate, and that he wasn't interested in going on TV. Anyway
 he had to stay and watch the lever to see that it wasn't moved.

 The driver said, "Look, I will get the networks to send out camera
 crews.  That way you can inform the entire world about the danger of
 the lever."

 Nate thought that over and allowed as how there was a great deal of
 sense in that idea. The driver, true to his word, got the
 network camera crews out. They put on broadcasts in which Nate warned
 the entire world of the dangers of moving the lever.

 A few weeks later another truck driver was passing through the area.
 He was following an oil tanker and the tanker sprang a
 leak.  When the truck behind hit the oil slick it went out of
 control, and the driver found himself headed straight for the lever.

 He remembered seeing Nate on TV warning about the lever. He knew that
 if he hit it he would cause the world to end. He
 strove with all his might to maneuver the truck.  Finally, at the
 last possible moment, he was able to swerve away from the lever but
 he ran over Nate and killed him.

 The truck driver was elated at missing the lever but sad that he
 killed Nate. He dug a grave for the dead snake and performed a solemn
 burial. Then he erected a wooden tomb stone and pondered what epitaph
 to write. Then it came to him: "Better Nate than lever."

ah-9/29/05


Re: A story from Arch

Ross Hunter
 

Ouch, that hurts. 

From the beginning of the story I thought it a concept proposal for Lost.

Ross
71-86


On Sep 22, 2018, at 9:14 PM, Les Myers <baroque@...> wrote:

I found this story from Arch Harrison on my hard drive this evening:

A truck driver is heading west across the Arizona desert. He's been
 driving all night and as the sun starts to rise, he feels the need to
 stop and commune with nature. He pulls to the side of the road,
 parks, and walks out into the sage brush.

 As he is standing there looking around at the beauty of the early
 morn, he notices a lever sticking out of the ground. After a few
 moments he walks over, walks all the way around, and then reaches out
 to grasp the lever. As he does he hears a voice say, "Don't touch
 that lever!"

 The driver jumps about two feet off the ground and as he comes down,
 he looks around. No one is to be seen. Thinking it was just his
 imagination he again reaches for the lever. Again the voice yells, "I
 said don't touch that lever!"

 Being more prepared, the driver senses the location of the voice and
 looks down under a sage brush.  There he sees a small snake.

 The driver, in much astonishment, said, "Was that you that spoke?"

 The snake said, "Yes. I have to keep people from touching that lever.
 If the lever is moved it will be the end of the world."

 The driver, still rather astonished, said, "What is your name? And
 will you talk on TV?" The snake said his name was Nathan, his friends
 called him Nate, and that he wasn't interested in going on TV. Anyway
 he had to stay and watch the lever to see that it wasn't moved.

 The driver said, "Look, I will get the networks to send out camera
 crews.  That way you can inform the entire world about the danger of
 the lever."

 Nate thought that over and allowed as how there was a great deal of
 sense in that idea. The driver, true to his word, got the
 network camera crews out. They put on broadcasts in which Nate warned
 the entire world of the dangers of moving the lever.

 A few weeks later another truck driver was passing through the area.
 He was following an oil tanker and the tanker sprang a
 leak.  When the truck behind hit the oil slick it went out of
 control, and the driver found himself headed straight for the lever.

 He remembered seeing Nate on TV warning about the lever. He knew that
 if he hit it he would cause the world to end. He
 strove with all his might to maneuver the truck.  Finally, at the
 last possible moment, he was able to swerve away from the lever but
 he ran over Nate and killed him.

 The truck driver was elated at missing the lever but sad that he
 killed Nate. He dug a grave for the dead snake and performed a solemn
 burial. Then he erected a wooden tomb stone and pondered what epitaph
 to write. Then it came to him: "Better Nate than lever."

ah-9/29/05


A story from Arch

Les Myers
 

I found this story from Arch Harrison on my hard drive this evening:

A truck driver is heading west across the Arizona desert. He's been
 driving all night and as the sun starts to rise, he feels the need to
 stop and commune with nature. He pulls to the side of the road,
 parks, and walks out into the sage brush.

 As he is standing there looking around at the beauty of the early
 morn, he notices a lever sticking out of the ground. After a few
 moments he walks over, walks all the way around, and then reaches out
 to grasp the lever. As he does he hears a voice say, "Don't touch
 that lever!"

 The driver jumps about two feet off the ground and as he comes down,
 he looks around. No one is to be seen. Thinking it was just his
 imagination he again reaches for the lever. Again the voice yells, "I
 said don't touch that lever!"

 Being more prepared, the driver senses the location of the voice and
 looks down under a sage brush.  There he sees a small snake.

 The driver, in much astonishment, said, "Was that you that spoke?"

 The snake said, "Yes. I have to keep people from touching that lever.
 If the lever is moved it will be the end of the world."

 The driver, still rather astonished, said, "What is your name? And
 will you talk on TV?" The snake said his name was Nathan, his friends
 called him Nate, and that he wasn't interested in going on TV. Anyway
 he had to stay and watch the lever to see that it wasn't moved.

 The driver said, "Look, I will get the networks to send out camera
 crews.  That way you can inform the entire world about the danger of
 the lever."

 Nate thought that over and allowed as how there was a great deal of
 sense in that idea. The driver, true to his word, got the
 network camera crews out. They put on broadcasts in which Nate warned
 the entire world of the dangers of moving the lever.

 A few weeks later another truck driver was passing through the area.
 He was following an oil tanker and the tanker sprang a
 leak.  When the truck behind hit the oil slick it went out of
 control, and the driver found himself headed straight for the lever.

 He remembered seeing Nate on TV warning about the lever. He knew that
 if he hit it he would cause the world to end. He
 strove with all his might to maneuver the truck.  Finally, at the
 last possible moment, he was able to swerve away from the lever but
 he ran over Nate and killed him.

 The truck driver was elated at missing the lever but sad that he
 killed Nate. He dug a grave for the dead snake and performed a solemn
 burial. Then he erected a wooden tomb stone and pondered what epitaph
 to write. Then it came to him: "Better Nate than lever."

ah-9/29/05

Re: No messages received yet.

Ross Hunter
 

Mary,

There have not been any posts since August 25 when I posted a link to some Phil retirement pictures.

Ross
===========

I’ve added two pictures from Phil Goodwin’s retirement party to the WJMA web site.

If you are on Facebook, there are more photos on the WJMA page https://www.facebook.com/groups/22422568758/








On Sep 8, 2018, at 1:24 PM, Mary Thompson <mmeett333@...> wrote:



No messages received yet.

Mary Thompson
 


Goodwin party pics

Ross Hunter
 

I’ve added two pictures from Phil Goodwin’s retirement party to the WJMA web site.

If you are on Facebook, there are more photos on the WJMA page https://www.facebook.com/groups/22422568758/

Ross
71-86

Re: Phil Goodwin's retirement luncheon

Cathy Christovich
 

Great advice!

Cathy Christovich ('70-'71)

Re: Phil Goodwin's retirement luncheon

Les Myers
 

These "learned" clips are great. Thanks for sending them.

-----Original Message-----
From: jrhunter3@...
Sent: Fri, 24 Aug 2018 16:37:36 -0400
To: wjma@groups.io
Subject: [WJMA] Phil Goodwin's retirement luncheon

Yesterday I attended Phil Goodwin’s retirement luncheon along with JD
Slade, Mary Thompson, and Bill Little from the old WJMA staff. Also a
bunch of current Piedmont Communications employees were there. I have
some pictures I hope to get posted by tomorrow.

Phil read the following “things I’ve learned”:

If on your first week on the job, you miss a cue in a newscast and the
news director demands and apology, he must not be joking.

If that same news director apologizes for the same thing less than a week
later, just keep your mouth shut and let him.

When Arch Harrison asks at your first meeting if you drink a lot or chase
women a lot, he’s got his reasons.

One of the nicest things you can for for a mature colleague is card him
in front of a group of coeds at the entrance to the Montpelier Wine
Festival.

When calling a colleague to sub for you at 2 in the morning on
Thanksgiving as your wife has gone into labor…give more information than
“Hey, Phil, guess what?”

Your having a press pass and cassette recorder will not impress the
President of the United States.

You should be suspicious when taking a check for a suitable advertising
buy. Especially if the person presenting the check is a member of the
clergy.

When Arch Harrison says you’re a “limited success” as a sales person,
he’s advising you to find another line of work.

I’m the only person from WJMA to sell advertising to the Old Oaken Bucket
Mini Mall, Half Bluff Auto Sales and Big Tom’s Speed Shop.

When you announce your engagement, Pat Watson will point out that outside
of agreeing to marry you, your fiancé seems like a reasonable sensible
girl.

If one of your colleagues has a housemate with prettier blue eyes than
Reba McEntire, that might be an opportunity worth pursuing.

When you bring your first born child to the station, Pat Watson will
express amazement that the child can look like his father and be cute at
the same time.

The fact that your presided over the only wedding in the history of Swap
Shop will not impress anybody.

The most important thing I ever said on the radio was if there was going
to be school today.

Ross
71-86

Phil Goodwin's retirement luncheon

Ross Hunter
 

Yesterday I attended Phil Goodwin’s retirement luncheon along with JD Slade, Mary Thompson, and Bill Little from the old WJMA staff. Also a bunch of current Piedmont Communications employees were there. I have some pictures I hope to get posted by tomorrow.

Phil read the following “things I’ve learned”:

If on your first week on the job, you miss a cue in a newscast and the news director demands and apology, he must not be joking.

If that same news director apologizes for the same thing less than a week later, just keep your mouth shut and let him.

When Arch Harrison asks at your first meeting if you drink a lot or chase women a lot, he’s got his reasons.

One of the nicest things you can for for a mature colleague is card him in front of a group of coeds at the entrance to the Montpelier Wine Festival.

When calling a colleague to sub for you at 2 in the morning on Thanksgiving as your wife has gone into labor…give more information than “Hey, Phil, guess what?”

Your having a press pass and cassette recorder will not impress the President of the United States.

You should be suspicious when taking a check for a suitable advertising buy. Especially if the person presenting the check is a member of the clergy.

When Arch Harrison says you’re a “limited success” as a sales person, he’s advising you to find another line of work.

I’m the only person from WJMA to sell advertising to the Old Oaken Bucket Mini Mall, Half Bluff Auto Sales and Big Tom’s Speed Shop.

When you announce your engagement, Pat Watson will point out that outside of agreeing to marry you, your fiancé seems like a reasonable sensible girl.

If one of your colleagues has a housemate with prettier blue eyes than Reba McEntire, that might be an opportunity worth pursuing.

When you bring your first born child to the station, Pat Watson will express amazement that the child can look like his father and be cute at the same time.

The fact that your presided over the only wedding in the history of Swap Shop will not impress anybody.

The most important thing I ever said on the radio was if there was going to be school today.

Ross
71-86

Re: list has moved

Les Myers
 

They say that they sent a message to my email about the log in. But it hasn't yet arrived. I'm going to bed. A task for tomorrow
 


-----Original Message-----
From: jrhunter3@...
Sent: Tue, 21 Aug 2018 09:33:01 -0400
To: wjma@groups.io
Subject: [WJMA] list has moved

I hope you were not surprised by the Welcome from groups.io. It took longer than I thought it would to move the WJMA email group from Yahoo to Groups.io. For future messages, please post to WJMA@groups.io or reply to a messages from groups.io.

If you have email filtering set up for the former Yahoo group, you may have to change it to recognize email from groups.io

There are 10 email addresses that could not be moved because they are bouncing. Here’s the full list. I have what I think are newer email addresses for some and I will contact them. Let me know if you can help with email addresses for any of the following:
— Elizabeth Duncan
— Ken (KP) Pratt
— Liz Oconnor
— Kendall Smith
— Rob Cressman
— Bill Hager
— Youtha Whitten
— Joe Whitten
— Yon O’Connor

Ross
71-86

Re: John Cregg's son(s)

artsafari2003
 

Bill, 
So glad to hear you're still kickin'. 
I'm still sweatin' in Flordia.

Teresa Carson (Verling) WJMA 1959 - 1960




On Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 11:21:49 AM EDT, Bill Little <bill@...> wrote:


ALL,

I have been in contact with John Muller (one of John Cregg's sons) and
we have setup a telephone call between Mr Muller, me, John Cregg's other
son and my wife Barbara who hopefully can make other genealogical
suggestions on ideas they could follow to find other information about
their Dad.

Any and all of your knowledge about John Cregg would be helpful. Ross
and I didn't go to school here so we only knew John as an adult after he
served in the army and worked at WJMA. I knew his mother briefly but
never met his father whom I heard ran the old Ben Franklin store on Main
Street in Orange.

I'll keep you posted as these men pursue a hole in their past!

Bill




John Cregg's son(s)

Bill Little
 

ALL,

I have been in contact with John Muller (one of John Cregg's sons) and we have setup a telephone call between Mr Muller, me, John Cregg's other son and my wife Barbara who hopefully can make other genealogical suggestions on ideas they could follow to find other information about their Dad.

Any and all of your knowledge about John Cregg would be helpful. Ross and I didn't go to school here so we only knew John as an adult after he served in the army and worked at WJMA. I knew his mother briefly but never met his father whom I heard ran the old Ben Franklin store on Main Street in Orange.

I'll keep you posted as these men pursue a hole in their past!

Bill

Re: list has moved

Ross Hunter
 

Thanks,

Ross


On Aug 21, 2018, at 12:43 PM, Jimmy Hoeflinger via Groups.Io <jimmyhoefer@...> wrote:

Rob Cressman is currently the PD at WDRV in Chicago.  His company email is LIKELY rcressman@... 



From: Kenneth Pratt via Groups.Io <kpfins@...>
To: WJMA@groups.io; jrhunter3@...
Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 12:06 PM
Subject: Re: [WJMA] list has moved

Ross- the email address of kpfins@... is my personal address. I have received the notifications of the move of the group.  If you have any other emails for me, please remove.   Looking forward to getting updated on what’s going on with the group.

KP 


On Aug 21, 2018, at 9:33 AM, Ross Hunter <jrhunter3@...> wrote:

I hope you were not surprised by the Welcome from groups.io. It took longer than I thought it would to move the WJMA email group from Yahoo to Groups.io. For future messages, please post to WJMA@groups.io or reply to a messages from groups.io.

If you have email filtering set up for the former Yahoo group, you may have to change it to recognize email from groups.io

There are 10 email addresses that could not be moved because they are bouncing. Here’s the full list. I have what I think are newer email addresses for some and I will contact them. Let me know if you can help with email addresses for any of the following:
— Elizabeth Duncan
— Ken (KP) Pratt
— Liz Oconnor
— Kendall Smith
— Rob Cressman
— Bill Hager
— Youtha Whitten
— Joe Whitten
— Yon O’Connor

Ross
71-86




Re: list has moved

Jimmy Hoeflinger
 

Rob Cressman is currently the PD at WDRV in Chicago.  His company email is LIKELY rcressman@... 



From: Kenneth Pratt via Groups.Io <kpfins@...>
To: WJMA@groups.io; jrhunter3@...
Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 12:06 PM
Subject: Re: [WJMA] list has moved

Ross- the email address of kpfins@... is my personal address. I have received the notifications of the move of the group.  If you have any other emails for me, please remove.   Looking forward to getting updated on what’s going on with the group.

KP 


On Aug 21, 2018, at 9:33 AM, Ross Hunter <jrhunter3@...> wrote:

I hope you were not surprised by the Welcome from groups.io. It took longer than I thought it would to move the WJMA email group from Yahoo to Groups.io. For future messages, please post to WJMA@groups.io or reply to a messages from groups.io.

If you have email filtering set up for the former Yahoo group, you may have to change it to recognize email from groups.io

There are 10 email addresses that could not be moved because they are bouncing. Here’s the full list. I have what I think are newer email addresses for some and I will contact them. Let me know if you can help with email addresses for any of the following:
— Elizabeth Duncan
— Ken (KP) Pratt
— Liz Oconnor
— Kendall Smith
— Rob Cressman
— Bill Hager
— Youtha Whitten
— Joe Whitten
— Yon O’Connor

Ross
71-86



Re: list has moved

Kenneth Pratt
 

Ross- the email address of kpfins@... is my personal address. I have received the notifications of the move of the group.  If you have any other emails for me, please remove.   Looking forward to getting updated on what’s going on with the group.

KP 


On Aug 21, 2018, at 9:33 AM, Ross Hunter <jrhunter3@...> wrote:

I hope you were not surprised by the Welcome from groups.io. It took longer than I thought it would to move the WJMA email group from Yahoo to Groups.io. For future messages, please post to WJMA@groups.io or reply to a messages from groups.io.

If you have email filtering set up for the former Yahoo group, you may have to change it to recognize email from groups.io

There are 10 email addresses that could not be moved because they are bouncing. Here’s the full list. I have what I think are newer email addresses for some and I will contact them. Let me know if you can help with email addresses for any of the following:
— Elizabeth Duncan
— Ken (KP) Pratt
— Liz Oconnor
— Kendall Smith
— Rob Cressman
— Bill Hager
— Youtha Whitten
— Joe Whitten
— Yon O’Connor

Ross
71-86

list has moved

Ross Hunter
 

I hope you were not surprised by the Welcome from groups.io. It took longer than I thought it would to move the WJMA email group from Yahoo to Groups.io. For future messages, please post to WJMA@groups.io or reply to a messages from groups.io.

If you have email filtering set up for the former Yahoo group, you may have to change it to recognize email from groups.io

There are 10 email addresses that could not be moved because they are bouncing. Here’s the full list. I have what I think are newer email addresses for some and I will contact them. Let me know if you can help with email addresses for any of the following:
— Elizabeth Duncan
— Ken (KP) Pratt
— Liz Oconnor
— Kendall Smith
— Rob Cressman
— Bill Hager
— Youtha Whitten
— Joe Whitten
— Yon O’Connor

Ross
71-86

Re: John Cregg recollections / photos / audio ?

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

John,

I worked with your father from the time I joined WJMA in August 1971 until he left the station in 1973. He was working mornings and I was working nights, so we didn’t see each other very often at work. I don’t recall where he went when he left. There was a time some years later when a business letter arrived at WJMA. On the envelope was “Hi Arch…John”. Arch Harrison was the owner of the station. Apparently your father was working for the Postal Service in Denver and the letter past through his hands. Kind of amazing.

There were a number of occasions between 71 and 73 when I would have dinner with John and Linda at their house just off VA 20 near Barboursville. I’m not sure I could find the spot today. There was another couple who often came to those dinners. I recall they lived in Rapidan and he worked in Washington, maybe at the Pentagon. It may have been George & Elise Payton. I’m going back to very fuzzy memories this.

 I remember John telling me his mother was secretary for Edgar Shannon who was president of the University of Virginia. I don’t recall her first name.

I don’t think there is any audio of your father, but there are some pictures on the WJMA website:

Sorry I can’t provide more. There are others on this list who worked with your father and might be able to give you more information.

Ross
71-86


On Aug 17, 2018, at 10:22 AM, jhmuller3@... [WJMA] <WJMA@...> wrote:


Hello WJMA alumni,


I am an adoptee and have recently discovered through an Ancestry DNA test that I am an the offspring of John Cregg of WJMA 64-73 sports fame. In the process, I have discovered a half-brother who is also John's son and a fellow adoptee. We were both born during his time at WJMA. From communication with John's sister, it appears neither of our stories was known to her. My new brother and I are seeking any information anyone could share that might fill out a pretty blank canvas about John - we have little other than some yearbook photos, birth, marriage (3) dates, death, and his time of employment at WJMA and military service.


Thank you, and looking forw ard to anything anyone can offer,


John Muller




John Cregg recollections / photos / audio ?

John Muller
 

Hello WJMA alumni,


I am an adoptee and have recently discovered through an Ancestry DNA test that I am an the offspring of John Cregg of WJMA 64-73 sports fame. In the process, I have discovered a half-brother who is also John's son and a fellow adoptee. We were both born during his time at WJMA. From communication with John's sister, it appears neither of our stories was known to her. My new brother and I are seeking any information anyone could share that might fill out a pretty blank canvas about John - we have little other than some yearbook photos, birth, marriage (3) dates, death, and his time of employment at WJMA and military service.


Thank you, and looking forward to anything anyone can offer,


John Muller