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Fisher to be inducted into West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg native will be among three broadcasters who will be inducted in the into the West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame in October.

Francis Fisher, native of Parkersburg, moved to New York and engineered shows on the NBC radio network in the mid-1960s and worked along side legends like Chet Huntley and Don Pardo. Years later he won acclaim as a sound expert for West Virginia Public Radio’s “Mountain Stage,” of which he was one of the founders of the show.

Fisher has sound-mixed performances of R.E.M, Cheryl Crowe, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Randy Newman and many other musicians from around the world.

The ceremony is scheduled Oct. 31 at the Museum of Radio and Technology in Huntington, which will be affected by requirements of the pandemic.

Also to be inducted are Mark Martin, a sports director for both WCHS-TV and WVAH-TV, who resides in Fairplain, Eric McGuire, whose radio name was Eric Howdershelt, who had shows in Elkins, Grafton, Clarksburg, Weston and Morgantown.

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