West Virginia MetroNews

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West Virginia MetroNews
Type Radio Network
Branding "The Voice of West Virginia"
Availability Only in West Virginia
Owner West Virginia Radio Corporation
Official website
Official Website

West Virginia MetroNews is a radio network heard on many radio stations throughout the State of West Virginia. The network is owned by the West Virginia Radio Corporation.[1] West Virginia MetroNews offers a mix of News and Talk. It held the rights to live play-by-play coverage of West Virginia University Mountaineers sports games, which it marketed under the DBA name "Mountaineer Sports Network" but has lost these rights following the end of the 2012-13 basketball season. The network also provides coverage to select high school football and basketball games that happen in West Virginia.

Availability[edit]

The network is carried on all West Virginia Radio Corporation owned stations and syndicated other stations in markets where WVRC does not do business. Within a radio market there is generally only one or two West Virginia MetroNews affiliates and almost always owned by the same company due to market exclusivity.

Programming[edit]

News[edit]

The company produces a traditional local news and weather update, designed to follow a national update, at the "top of the hour" for stations following a "full-service" format.

Morning News[edit]

"The Morning News" is all news program that updates the news of West Virginia, along with statewide weather and sports on a 22 minute cycle. The show is hosted by anchors Chris Lawrence and Jennifer Smith. This runs from 6-9 AM on weekdays.[2]

Talkline[edit]

"Talkline" is a two-hour long call in show featuring host Hoppy Kercheval, who generally takes a moderate to conservative take on most issues. The show features local, state, and national guests along taking questions from callers throughout the state of West Virginia. This show runs from 10-12 weekdays.[3]

Hotline[edit]

Hotline is a mixed sports and general entertainment lifestyle discussion show hosted by Dave Weekley. The program runs from 3-6 weekdays.

Sportsline[edit]

Sportsline is a one-hour-long weeknight program and a two-hour Sunday program that only disucses West Virginia University sports. The program is hosted by Travis Jones and Greg Hunter. As the company has lost WVU sports rights after March 2013, the future of the show is in doubt. It currently runs from 6-7 weekdays, and 5-8 on Sundays.[4][5]

WV Outdoors[edit]

"WV Outdoors" is an outdoors program that focuses on fishing and hunting, though does delve into other sport topics. The show is hosted by Chris Lawrence and runs 1 hour, from 7 to 8 on Saturday mornings.[6]

High School Game Night[edit]

"High School Game Night" is a Friday 3 and 1/2 hour program that features live scores, interviews, and analysis of all the high school football games in progress throughout the state of West Virginia. The show is hosted by Fred Persinger and Dave Jecklin. The company also owns the rights to the WVSSAC playoffs.[7]

Outdoors Today[edit]

"Outdoors Today" is a two-minute weekday report on the goings-on in West Virginia outdoors. The segment is hosted by WV Outdoors host Chris Lawrence.[8]

High School Basketball[edit]

West Virginia MetroNews carries live coverage of select basketball games throughout the state of West Virginia, and holds the rights to the WVSSAC Tournaments.[9]

Other Ventures[edit]

The company's has used the DBA "Mountaineer Sports Network" as the syndicator of WVU sports, but lost the rights following the 2013 basketball season and will dissolve the operation. In the early 1990s it also briefly held rights to Virginia Tech and Marshall sports.

The company's television division produces and syndicates WVSSAC football and basketball tournament games, and previously syndicated WVU women's basketball games.

Affiliates[edit]

West Virginia MetroNews programs are carried on 57 different radio stations throughout the state of West Virginia, 2 stations in Kentucky, 1 station in Ohio and 1 station in Virginia.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greer Industries. "West Virginia Radio". Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  2. ^ West Virginia MetroNews. "Morning News". Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  3. ^ West Virginia MetroNews. "Talkline". Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  4. ^ West Virginia MetroNews. "Sportsline". Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  5. ^ West Virginia MetroNews. "Sunday Night Sportsline". Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  6. ^ West Virginia MetroNews. "WV Outdoors". Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  7. ^ West Virginia MetroNews. "High School Game Night". Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  8. ^ West Virginia MetroNews. "Outdoors Today". Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  9. ^ West Virginia MetroNews. "High School Basketball". Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  10. ^ West Virginia MetroNews. "MetroNews Affiliates". Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  11. ^ a b [Serves the Huntington Metro area]
  12. ^ [Serves the Parkersburg Metro area]
  13. ^ [Serves the Bluefield Metro area]

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