Parkersburg broadcaster inducted into hall of fame

HUNTINGTON — A broadcaster from Parkersburg is among six people to be inducted into the West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame in September.

Kirk McCall began in 1969 in East Liverpool, Ohio, and has done nearly every job in Parkersburg radio as announcer, DJ, newsman, production man, sales manager, station manager and general manager, including at WXIL. McCall also has a first-class radiotelephone license from the Federal Communications Commission and in 1975 was an air personality on WIXZ in Pittsburgh.

An induction ceremony will be held on Sept. 28 at the Museum of Radio and Technology on Florence Avenue in Huntington. The ceremony will be broadcast live at 6 p.m. over many radio stations across the state. Limited seating is available at the museum.

The other 2019 inductees are:

* Charles Coleman Jr., a long-time Charleston radio personality who was born in 1905 in Pratt, W.Va., and was a Hollywood film actor in the 1930s under the name John Bradford. He worked for many years at WGKV and WTIP radio as Charlie Coleman.

* Greg Kanode, known as “the nighttime mayor of Bluefield” when he was a DJ and salesman at WKOY and WKMY. Kanode began his career in 1966 and eventually became general manager, continuing his influence on broadcasting in Bluefield.

* Steve Mallory moved into digital website advertising in 2018 after a long career in radio and TV advertising sales. He represented WCAW, WVAF, West Virginia Radio Corp. and WOWK-TV for more than 32 years in Charleston.

* Ric Robinson was West Virginia State Police director of media relations for 23 years after he was program director at WXIT in Charleston. Beginning at age 15 at WOMP in Wheeling, Robinson was a well-known personality on WKWK, WWVA, WKAZ, WROC, WCHS and WKEE.

* Alan D. Woody was a morning-show broadcaster on WQBE in Charleston for 38 years. He worked in Raleigh County and at WKAZ in Charleston before going to a rock station in Nashville. After that station was sold and its staff dismissed, Woody went to Charleston and WQBE.

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