Legendary Broadcaster Hoppy Kercheval To Keynote Concord University Foundation Beckley-Raleigh County Dinner

For Immediate Release: 
Oct 28 2016

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312, news@concord.edu



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ATHENS, W.Va. – The radio “dean” of West Virginia broadcasters, Hoppy Kercheval, will be the keynote speaker for the Concord University Foundation, Inc.’s Beckley-Raleigh County Dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. The fundraising event which helps support Concord University and its students is being held at Tamarack in Beckley, W.Va.  A reception begins at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

“The annual Foundation dinner hosted in Beckley is a great way for alums, community businesses and friends of Concord to help support the Foundation’s mission of aiding, strengthening and furthering the work of Concord University,” said Bren Yeager, Executive Director of the Concord University Foundation. “Funds raised from this dinner will go directly to student scholarships and other campus projects.”

Kercheval joined West Virginia Radio Corporation in 1976. Through the years his assignments have spanned the gamut to include news, sports, and talk.

A native of Summit Point in Jefferson County, Hoppy began as a news anchor/reporter at WAJR in Morgantown while still attending West Virginia University. After graduating with honors from WVU, Kercheval took over as news director at WAJR and began carving an identity as one of the leading broadcasters in West Virginia.

A founding father of MetroNews, Kercheval served as News Director until assuming the role of Vice President of Operations in 1991. In 1993, he created MetroNews Talkline, which has become a signature program of the network. Hoppy’s gift of interviewing has made Talkline a must-listen for lawmakers and anyone interested in state politics and the day’s top news events.

Kercheval has a Master of Science in Journalism degree from WVU. He also has an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from West Virginia Wesleyan. Kercheval has received a number of honors over the years, including the Mel Burka Award, which is given annually by the West Virginia Broadcasters Association to the state’s top broadcaster. Most recently, Hoppy was a member of the 2015 class of broadcasters inducted into the West Virginia Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

An avid traveler, Hoppy’s adventures have taken him to 19 different countries around the world. He and his wife, Karin, live in Morgantown. Kercheval has one son, Ben, who lives in Denton, Texas where he is a writer for CBS Sports.

Tickets for the Beckley-Raleigh County Dinner are $125 per person. Along with individual seating, tables and sponsorships of the event are also available. Advance reservations are required.

For more information, to purchase tickets or to arrange a sponsorship, call 304-384-6266. Sponsorships and tickets may also be purchased online at www.concord.edu/cufoundation/



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