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Not to be confused with WCHS-TV.
WCHS
WCHS-AM 2015.png
City Charleston, West Virginia
Broadcast area Southern West Virginia
Southwestern West Virginia
Branding "58 WCHS"
Slogan "The Voice of Charleston"
Frequency 580 AM kHz
First air date September 15, 1927[1]
Format News/Talk/Sports[2]
Power 5,000 Watts day and night
Class B
Facility ID 71660
Transmitter coordinates 38°21′51.0″N 81°46′5.0″W / 38.364167°N 81.768056°W / 38.364167; -81.768056
Callsign meaning W CHarleSton
Affiliations ABC Radio News
West Virginia MetroNews
Owner West Virginia Radio Corporation
(West Virginia Radio Corporation of Charleston)
Sister stations WKAZ, WKAZ-FM, WKWS, WRVZ, WWSW, WSWW-FM, WVAF
Webcast WCHS Webstream
Website WCHS Online

WCHS is a News/Talk/Sports formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Charleston, West Virginia, serving Southern West Virginia and Southwestern West Virginia.[2] WCHS is owned and operated by West Virginia Radio Corporation.[3]

Programming[edit]

WCHS is the flagship station of the statewide West Virginia MetroNews network.[4]

Programming heard on WCHS consists of local and national news, talk and sports programs.[5] The station's weekday morning schedule begins with Jim Bohannon's nationally-syndicated "American in the Morning".[5][6] "The Morning News" hosted by West Virginia MetroNews anchors Chris Lawrence and Shauna Johnson follows.[5][7] A locally produced "Ask The Expert" then airs, followed by "MetroNews Talkline" hosted by Hoppy Kercheval.[5][8]

The weekday afternoon lineup beings with the nationally-syndicated Rush Limbaugh Show.[5][9] "MetroNews Hotline" and "MetroNews Sportsline", hosted by Dave Weekley and Tony Caridi respectively, round out the afternoon.[5][10][11] Various sports programs air in the evenings, with Dave Ramsey Show and "The Jim Bohannon Show" rounding out the night.[5][6][12] Red Eye Radio is heard during the overnight hours.[5][13]

The weekend lineup includes nationally-syndicated shows from John Batchelor and Kim Komando.[5][14] "West Virginia Outdoors" and "Sunday Sportsline", hosted by Chris Lawrence and Travis Jones respectively, are also heard.[5][15][16] "The Don Nehlen and Bob Pruett Show" also airs on WCHS.[17] The program is hosted by former West Virginia Mountaineers football head coach Don Nehlen and former Marshall University football head coach Bob Pruett.[17]

Various programs, produced by West Virginia MetroNews, cover high school sports either live or with highlights during the week.[5] The "MetroNews High School Scoreboard" airs highlights of games already played or to-be-played around the state.[18] "High School Sportsline" is a mid-week call-in show, hosted by Garrett Cullen, exclusively about high school sports.[19] "High School Game Night" is a live Friday evening program which features continuous score updates, interviews, and analysis.[20]

WCHS is also an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds Radio Network[21]

Awards[edit]

A 1942 Peabody Award for Outstanding Public Service by a Regional Station for "The Home Front," a twice-weekly feature. [22]

A 2007 National Edward R. Murrow Award, in the category of "Continuing Coverage", for their reporting on the Sago Mine disaster in Sago, West Virginia.[23]

The station was presented with two 2011 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.[24] The first, in the category of "Breaking News Coverage", was given for the station's coverage of the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster in Montcoal, West Virginia.[24] The second, in the category of "Audio News Documentary", was for "The Life of U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd".[24]

In 2011, the station was presented with a National Edward R. Murrow Award, for their Upper Big Branch Mine disaster coverage.[25] WCHS, along with four other stations, were nominated for the 2011 Marconi Radio Award for "News/Talk Station of the Year" by the National Association of Broadcasters.[26] WSB in Atlanta, however, won the award.[27]

In 2014, WCHS anchors and reports Chris Lawrence, Fred Persinger, Jeff Jenkins, Shauna Johnson, and Hoppy Kercheval were presented with various awards at that year's West Virginia Broadcasters Association "Excellence in Broadcasting Awards".[28]

In 2015, the station was again presented with two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, one for "Overall Excellence" and the other for "Best Newscast".[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2010 (PDF). Reed Reference Publishing Company. 2010. p. D-586. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Arbitron Station Information Profiles". Nielsen Audio/Nielsen Holdings. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ "WCHS Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Time for the 2015 hunting and fishing show". West Virginia MetroNews/West Virginia Radio Corporation. January 23, 2015. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "On-Air - 58 WCHS". West Virginia Radio Corporation. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Station Listings in the state of West Virginia". Jim Bohannon, Inc./Westwood One. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Morning News". West Virginia MetroNews/West Virginia Radio Corporation. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Talkline with Hoppy Kercheval". West Virginia MetroNews/West Virginia Radio Corporation. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  9. ^ "West Virginia - EIB - The Rush Limbaugh Show". Premiere Networks. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Hotline with Dave Weekley". West Virginia MetroNews/West Virginia Radio Corporation. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Sportsline with Tony Caridi". West Virginia MetroNews/West Virginia Radio Corporation. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  12. ^ "The Dave Ramsey Show - Stations". Lampo Licensing, LLC. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Red Eye Radio - Red Eye Radio Affiliates". Cumulus Media Networks. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  14. ^ "The Kim Komando Show Station Finder". WestStar TalkRadio Network. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  15. ^ "West Virginia Outdoors with Chris Lawrence". West Virginia MetroNews/West Virginia Radio Corporation. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Sunday Sportsline with Travis Jones". West Virginia MetroNews/West Virginia Radio Corporation. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  17. ^ a b "The Don Nehlen and Bob Pruett Show". West Virginia MetroNews/West Virginia Radio Corporation. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  18. ^ "MetroNews High School Scoreboard". West Virginia MetroNews/West Virginia Radio Corporation. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  19. ^ "High School Sportsline". West Virginia MetroNews/West Virginia Radio Corporation. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  20. ^ "High School Game Night". West Virginia MetroNews/West Virginia Radio Corporation. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Reds on Radio Affiliates". Major League Baseball/MLB Advanced Media, LP. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  22. ^ http://www.peabodyawards.com/award-profile/the-home-front
  23. ^ "2007 Murrow Award Winners Announced". All Access Music Group. June 18, 2007. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  24. ^ a b c "RTDNA - 2011 Edward R. Murrow Awards Regional Winners - Region 8". Radio Television Digital News Association. 2011. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  25. ^ "RTDNA - 2011 Edward R. Murrow Awards National Winners". Radio Television Digital News Association. 2011. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  26. ^ "2011 NAB Marconi Radio Award Finalists Announced". National Association of Broadcasters. July 13, 2011. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  27. ^ "2011 NAB Marconi Radio Award Winners Announced". National Association of Broadcasters. September 15, 2011. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  28. ^ "2014 Excellence in Broadcasting Awards". West Virginia Broadcasters Association. 2014. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  29. ^ "RTDNA - 2015 Region 8 Murrow Winners". Radio Television Digital News Association. 2015. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 

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