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Gill Bryant

joe boucher <charliebrowndawg@...>
 

I worked with Gill at WCHV. He did the morning show for WCHV and I did country mornings on the FM WCCV. I left WCCV and the next time I saw him was here in Orange. There was a live bluegrass program on Saturday mornings sponsored by Hager's TV with Bill Hensley and Roy Legg. My friend and banjo player Jimmy Anderson and myself would guest on that show from time to time. I was a fun time in radio. I went into the service shortly after that and lost touch with everyone.


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Michelle May

joe boucher <charliebrowndawg@...>
 

Michelle and I were at 4cp together and she worked for a while in newspaper. She did do news here at one time, I think in the 80's. When she moved from Mayhurst is when I lost touch. I really enjoyed her company. She was a crazy good time gal.

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Re: new photos posted

Dominion Market Research <Ross@...>
 

Hey guys, What ever happened to Gill Bryant and Michelle May?

Joe Boucher
Joe,

Gill went to Front Royal. Here's some information posted about 18 months ago by Bob Traister (Bob is no longer on the list, but I may have an email address for him):
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... Gil was still doing some engineering work at WJMA when I got there in 1969. However, he was a full-time employee at WCHV in Charlottesville at that time. I left WJMA in January of 1971 to work at WFTR in Front Royal, VA.Gil and I fell out of
touch, but a few years later, I found out that he had moved to WINC in Winchester, VA, about 20 miles from me. In 1977, Gil and I both left our respective radio stations and started an electronic repair business in Winchester. However, the business didn't generate enough income to feed us both, so we eventually closed it. I went back to work at WFTR and Gil started working at a radio station in Middletown (between Winchester and Front Royal). On occasion, we would still get together for golf or dinner, but our paths took different directions, and we fell out of touch again until I got word of his death.

...bob traister
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I recall that Arch spoke to Gill's widow last year, but I couldn't find that posting.

I don't know what happened to Michelle May. Wasn't she part of the news department at one time.

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Re: new photos posted

Seth Williamson <orthodox@...>
 

I was told that Gil died a few years ago.

Seth Williamson


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Re: new photos posted

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Hey guys, What ever happened to Gill Bryant and Michelle May?


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new photos posted

Dominion Market Research <Ross@...>
 

I've created a new folder in the photos section of the Yahoo site. It's called "Newest Photos" and it contains some of the images I've scanned from Woody Purcell's scrap book.

I'd love to hear more information about any of the people pictured as well as corrections to what I'm posting here. Among the pictures (all from about 1959) you will find...

1) Secretary Beverly Swallow. It looks to me like her desk is in the same location that Pat Watson used. The pencil sharpener is on the door frame to the manager's office. That brown "mailbox" on top of the filing cabinet became a cart rack in later years.

2) Woody Purcell says the name of the person standing in front of the window is Branch Twigg. Was that his real name, or a radio name? The window behind him is to what was for many years the control room. The doorway on the left was to the teletype hall. Until the recent remodeling the clock outlet remained high on the wall, but there was never a clock there in my memory. The teletype hall and Studio X disappeared in the recent remodeling.

3) Claude White, Station Manager, at his desk in the manager's office. The curtains behind him are to the window that looked out to the tower until the building was added on to in the mid 1970s.

4) Before there was Vanna White, there was Claude White and the "Wheel of Fortune". I don't know the location of this picture, but from the pegboard wall I'd say probably studio A (now the WJMA control room). Anyone have any memory of the "Wheel of Fortune" game?

5) Another picture of the old office area. The door is to studio A (now the WJMA control room). The window is to what used to be the AM/FM control room for many years. After the recent remodeling, the window still exists and I've heard that the space will become a control room for WOJL (formerly WLSA).

6) Unidentified announcer. Woody Purcell could not remember this person's name. Can anyone supply an ID? This picture was taken in the old WJMA control room adjacent to the transmitters. The announcer is facing the window to Studio A. That window has been removed. The window to the office area remains. Note that there are three turntables. I'm told that once upon a time, agency commercials came in on disk. I recall these turntables were still in use in the early 1970s. At some point we built a cover for the third turntable since it was never use. I recall that those three Gates turntables remained until replace by some much newer Technics turntables. The tape rack on the wall in the background lasted many years also.

There are more images to come from Woody's scrapbook.

Ross
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Rye Grass Rollers' fans want to know....

Mark Johnson
 

When the next CD is coming out.

I've inquiries from as far away as Chicago.

Mark Johnson
81-84


UVA news item

Les <grandmananer@...>
 

Because I am in the broadcast business of providing news and information
to listeners who are blind or visually impiared, I found this article
datelined Charlottesville that I found interesting. Because it's sort of
close to WJMA turf, I send it along to y'all:

U.Va. program aids blind people
Students take pride in MBA-level course that furthers business skills
BY CARLOS SANTOS
TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER
Sep 12, 2004

CHARLOTTESVILLE - Blind people - long unemployed and underemployed -
are learning to become business leaders at a
one-of-a-kind program initiated this year at U.Va.'s Darden Graduate
School of Business Administration.

Steve Stambaugh, who is almost totally blind, is taking the intensive
business course with 28 other blind and
visually-impaired students to "expand my business knowledge and further
myself in the business world."

Stambaugh, 36, from Wichita, Kan., is one of a growing number of
educated blind people exasperated with the lack of jobs
offered to the visually impaired.

About 70 percent of blind people are unemployed in the country, while
another 10 percent are underemployed, according to
statistics from the National Institute for the Blind.

"All we want is to be given a chance," said Stambaugh, who is in a
management position with an affiliate of the NIB. "We do
things differently but just as capably as sighted individuals or
better. We're more organized."

Stambaugh has to be. He has a 2-degree field of vision compared with a
sighted person's 180-degree field of vision. "It's
like looking out through the barrel of a shotgun," he said. He is
totally blind in one eye and expects he will eventually
lose all his vision in the other eye.

But Stambaugh trades stocks and bonds and capably performs his job as
assistant director of Envision rehabilitation services.
Envision is an affiliate of the NIB, and it offers rehabilitation to
blind people and manufactures a variety of plastic bags
for the U.S. government. "I've always been interested in business," he
said.

The first of five, one-week sessions began Aug. 29 at the University of
Virginia's Northern Virginia campus in Falls Church.
The course is being taught over 1½ years because all the students work
full time. They come to the classes with high school
and college degrees, and their jobs range from laborers to managers.
Many bring Seeing Eye dogs and canes.

The program was developed by Darden to NIB's specifications. The course
teaches financial accounting, general management,
operations and production management, and customer and managerial
communication.

Graduates receive a Darden Certificate of Management and continuing
education credits.

Erika James, an associate professor at Darden and the lead teacher for
the course, said professors made "very few changes in
how we teach" the blind students. "We still write on the chalkboard, we
just describe what we're doing on the board. . . .
It's remarkable, but they would copy directly what we had on the
board."

The reading material can either be read to the students by a friend or
listened to via a computer's synthetic voice.

"It's the same material we teach in our MBA courses," said James. "We
think this is the first of its kind in the country, and
we're pretty proud of it."

Jim Gibbons, the CEO of the National Institute for the Blind and the
first blind person to earn a Harvard MBA, pushed for the
program as a component of a larger effort to teach blind people
business leadership.

"The real mission is to create employment for the blind around the
country," Gibbons said. "We're working to have blind
people fully integrated into society through employment."

Gibbons said of the unemployment rate for the blind: "It's shameful."

"But this is helping them to become leaders in business. That's where
the jobs are."


C'ville TV news changes

Dominion Market Research <Ross@...>
 

Here's a report today from the VARTV.COM web site on the new news director at WVIR in Charlottesville.

Ross
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Today is the first day for the soon-to-be ND at Waterman's WVIR (29/NBC) Charlottesville. His name is Neal Bennet, and he'll serve as the Asstistant ND through December 17; Dave Cupp's last day after 26 years. Bennet was previously ND at Raycom Media KTVO (3/ABC) Kirksville MO and KSFY (13/ABC) Sioux Falls SD. He has a B.S. in Telecommunications/Broadcast News and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida in Gainesville. He started his career at "NBC2" WBBH Fort Meyers FL, NBC29's sister station. He also has worked at Conus Communications and WCJB-TV (ABC) Gainesville FL.
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Re: High school football on the air!

Seth Williamson <orthodox@...>
 

On Thu, 2004-09-09 at 22:55, @rgraves321 wrote:

Okay. So Orange drops its coverage of high school football, while Richmond
reinstates it. I guess those major market folks don't know much about
radio.....8)
Of course, the situation might be different in a much-segmented
market--I don't know enough to speculate on the two markets relatively.

Seth Williamson


High school football on the air!

Ralph Graves
 

Okay. So Orange drops its coverage of high school football, while Richmond
reinstates it. I guess those major market folks don't know much about
radio.....8)

Ralph Graves

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:// Radio Richmond announces high school football coverage

New Richmond station "TalkRadio 1480" WTOX Glen Allen will be become part of
the Radio Richmond Sports Net coverage of Central Virginia High School
Football.

This year's High School Game of the Week will be simulcast on both WTOX and
WLEE (AM 990) beginning tomorrow (9/10) when Mills Godwin hosts Monacan
(7:30pm). Radio Richmond will continue to follow the Hopewell Blue Devils on
WHAP (AM 1340) in the Tri-Cities.

The games will be sandwiched with unique pregame and postgame shows that
will air on all three stations. The coverage starts with the Weekend Kickoff
Show at 6:00pm hosted by Mark "Top Dog" Smith and Gary Criswell who returns
after an one year hiatus. "We are convinced that you can link an adult
oriented sports talk show with High School sports, because the audience for
High School sports are adults and local sports enthusiasts" said Smith, an
unrepentant UVA fan and Alumnus. A major thrust of the show will be
recruiting and previewing the weekend action from Division I to Division
III, leading into the High School game. "I am prepared to return as
Richmond's on-air Football Recruiting Guru," injects Criswell last heard on
the airways on the defunct Richmond Speed Broadcasts. "No one as picked up
the slack since I've been off the air."


Re: public interest programs

Clint Estes
 

Arch,
That was the spirit I loved when I arrived in 1977! Well said!

Clint


Re: public interest programs

R Roberts <russroberts@...>
 

Arch,

Yours are good words. You believed in community service. I remember
you saying that even the advertising was a service; to help the
associated businesses to prosper.

Although an important element, profit wasn't, and did not have to be,
your primary consideration.

Thank you ... I'll try to keep the faith.

Russ Roberts

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From: Arch Harrison (by way of Dominion Market Research)
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Sent: Tuesday, September 07, 2004 8:37 AM
To: WJMA@...
Subject: [WJMA] public interest programs

I've been following the thread about loss of high school football on
WJMA.

This brings to mind a number of our programs which didn't necessarily
generate revenue: Monday At One, Night Music, The Jazz Scene, Sunday
Church Services, What's The Good Word?, Music And Memories, Orange
Town Council meetings. There were more.

They were there because we believed they ought to be there! A cynical
friend once told me the secret of success in radio: "play three
pieces of crap and give away money."

I suppose that's why we didn't make a lot of money, but there was a
certain satisfaction in knowing that we were doing some good, even if
for just a small segment of our public.

We won a few prizes, not for making money, but for excellence in
broadcasting. One judge, commenting on "Monday At One" said, "they
were willing to take dull subjects and make them interesting." Phil
Goodwin, Audibert, McArver, Burgess, our tireless and imaginative
stingers, and the long list of WJMA news people over the past 55
years, can certainly attest to this. I hope that wall full of
testimonials that used to adorn the front office has been saved and
will be displayed again when the big remodeling job is done.

I notice that here in Charlottesville WINA is still doing all sorts
of sports: college, high school, professional, and not just football.
I don't know whether they're making a lot of money, but I suspect
they know what makes good programming and builds audience.

Keep the faith

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public interest programs

Arch Harrison <ah7q@...>
 

I've been following the thread about loss of high school football on WJMA.

This brings to mind a number of our programs which didn't necessarily
generate revenue: Monday At One, Night Music, The Jazz Scene, Sunday
Church Services, What's The Good Word?, Music And Memories, Orange
Town Council meetings. There were more.

They were there because we believed they ought to be there! A cynical
friend once told me the secret of success in radio: "play three
pieces of crap and give away money."

I suppose that's why we didn't make a lot of money, but there was a
certain satisfaction in knowing that we were doing some good, even if
for just a small segment of our public.

We won a few prizes, not for making money, but for excellence in
broadcasting. One judge, commenting on "Monday At One" said, "they
were willing to take dull subjects and make them interesting." Phil
Goodwin, Audibert, McArver, Burgess, our tireless and imaginative
stingers, and the long list of WJMA news people over the past 55
years, can certainly attest to this. I hope that wall full of
testimonials that used to adorn the front office has been saved and
will be displayed again when the big remodeling job is done.

I notice that here in Charlottesville WINA is still doing all sorts
of sports: college, high school, professional, and not just football.
I don't know whether they're making a lot of money, but I suspect
they know what makes good programming and builds audience.

Keep the faith

a r c h


Re: more new, old stuff

Woody Purcell
 

There was only one control room in '59. There was a "studio" just inside the front door on the right ( which the board could look into through a glass over the board) where we did live programs such as "The Orange & Blue Review (OCHS students) and a rather lively Sunday morning African-American religious program.

Don't recall when the station went to 1000 watts, but do remember when once when I kept the station on all night to see how how far the signal would reach...asked people to call in and promised a prize to the person calling from the furthest distance. Did not get a single call even from Orange.

Woody Purcell


Ross Hunter <xhunter@...> wrote:
Yesterday list member Woodby Purcell dropped by with a scrap book of
WJMA images from the late 1950s. I hope to scan and post the material
shortly.

Included in his scrapbook, which he has donated to the archive box,
is a 3/1/57 rate card. The rate card shows WJMA's power as 250 Watts
day and night. When did the station begin 1,000 during the day? The
rate card shows Claude White as station manager.

Claude is among those pictured along with Branch Twigg, Beverly
Swallow, and a couple of unidentified folks. There is a picture of
the control room (in what we knew as Studio A) and another that shows
a board and turntables in what many of us knew as the control
room...the space adjacent to the transmitters. Were there two control
rooms in 1959?

Another picture shows someone standing on the WJMA front stoop. The
brass "WJMA" plaque is on the wall to the right of the front door.
The entrance door is covered by a screen door. The photo is dated Nov
1959. I seem to recall Arch saying that when he arrived in 1961 the
screen door was falling off and he removed it.

I'll post the pictures as soon as I can and perhaps some of the old
timers on the list can help identify a few of those pictured.

Ross
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more new, old stuff

Ross Hunter <xhunter@...>
 

Yesterday list member Woodby Purcell dropped by with a scrap book of WJMA images from the late 1950s. I hope to scan and post the material shortly.

Included in his scrapbook, which he has donated to the archive box, is a 3/1/57 rate card. The rate card shows WJMA's power as 250 Watts day and night. When did the station begin 1,000 during the day? The rate card shows Claude White as station manager.

Claude is among those pictured along with Branch Twigg, Beverly Swallow, and a couple of unidentified folks. There is a picture of the control room (in what we knew as Studio A) and another that shows a board and turntables in what many of us knew as the control room...the space adjacent to the transmitters. Were there two control rooms in 1959?

Another picture shows someone standing on the WJMA front stoop. The brass "WJMA" plaque is on the wall to the right of the front door. The entrance door is covered by a screen door. The photo is dated Nov 1959. I seem to recall Arch saying that when he arrived in 1961 the screen door was falling off and he removed it.

I'll post the pictures as soon as I can and perhaps some of the old timers on the list can help identify a few of those pictured.

Ross
71-85


Re: Speaking of Reunions, it was just last year

Barbara Potter-Drinkwater
 

In a message dated 8/11/2004 1:59:22 PM Central Daylight Time,
cchristovich@... writes:
Thanks also to you all for remembering my mother, Delia Wills. We miss
her, but she was very ill and is now at rest. Her illness distracted me
from attending your reunion, and I'm very sorry to have missed it. I
truly hope I won't have to miss the next one.

Best to you all. I'm glad I'm back in the loop.

Cathy (Wills) Christovich '70-'71
My condolences to you Cathy. I said goodbye to my Mom at Yale Hospital in
New Haven and the neat thing she said to me was, "I am not going to die. I am
only going to change shape."

As for reunions, when do you all want to have another one? It was just a
year ago, and Pat Watson's tree has grown leaps this year.

Love,
Willow in Gordonsville on Cedar Hill Farm


Re: not completely gone

Seth Williamson <orthodox@...>
 

Can anybody tell me when Pete DiVivi died? I used to sing with him in a barbershop quartet that rehearsed at the Morse's house in Barboursville.

Does his daughter Sharon still live in the area?

Seth Williamson

Dominion Market Research wrote:

High school football on WJMA is not completely gone. On the way into work this morning I heard a promo for WJMA's "High School Football Scoreboard" show which debuts this Saturday morning at 8am. Clint Estes will host the show which I suppose will be like the old "DeVivi High School Scoreboard".
Anyone remember when the DeVivi show ended? Was it the late 1970s? It was on the air when I came to Orange in 1971. When did that show begin?
Ross Hunter
71-85


not completely gone

Dominion Market Research <Ross@...>
 

High school football on WJMA is not completely gone. On the way into work this morning I heard a promo for WJMA's "High School Football Scoreboard" show which debuts this Saturday morning at 8am. Clint Estes will host the show which I suppose will be like the old "DeVivi High School Scoreboard".

Anyone remember when the DeVivi show ended? Was it the late 1970s? It was on the air when I came to Orange in 1971. When did that show begin?

Ross Hunter
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