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by TARA REILLY | January 25, 2006
A planned public safety radio communications system for Washington County will include the purchase of 1,250 mobile and portable radios, alpha-numeric pagers, and 16 consoles at a county facility on Elliott Parkway and at the Sheriff's Department, a consultant told the County Commissioners Tuesday. The new system will replace outdated equipment and improve communication among police and emergency service personnel, as well as with other agencies inside and outside of the county, David McCobin, a consultant with L. Robert Kimball and Associates, told the commissioners.
NEWS
By MARLO BARNHART | November 30, 1999
Though he ended his SportsLine radio show on WJEJ-AM in 2002, Russ Wiebel's reputation as a promoter of youth sports and young people in general never faded for his many friends and fans. Wiebel died Thursday at the age of 79. "Russ was one of the most beloved people in this area," said Lou Scally, who knew Wiebel through their years as fellow broadcasters. Scally, who also is a weatherman at NBC25, pointed out that Wiebel also had the distinction of having his name on a bronze plaque at the new South Hagerstown High School press box. Wiebel also is a member of the Washington County Sports Hall of Fame.
NEWS
by JANET HEIM | November 29, 2006
Editor's note: There are a lot of people you see around town that you recognize, but don't know anything about. People like ... Wes Decker Age - 38. Occupation - Production supervisor at Antietam Cable Co./on-air personality and sports broadcaster for WJEJ radio. Hometown - Hagerstown Where would you see Decker? - For local radio sports fans, Decker's voice is a familiar one. He announces local high school and junior league football and basketball games for WJEJ radio during the season, trying to give equal coverage to the county teams.
NEWS
May 10, 2003
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man put in the back seat of a police car because officers believed he was driving under the influence somehow got access to the officer's radio and called 911 operators, saying he needed help and was being beaten, according to court records. The incident happened around 2 a.m. Friday. David E. Churchill, 31, of Inwood, W.Va., was charged with driving under the influence, obstructing police, fleeing on foot, reporting a false emergency, speeding and driving left of center, all misdemeanors.
NEWS
by JOE CROCETTA / Staff Photographer | May 9, 2007
Clear Spring resident Will Worthington runs his new radio-controlled 1/8-scale monster truck around his backyard Tuesday afternoon.
NEWS
December 21, 1998
The Washington County Sheriff's Department is investigating several thefts from cars recently. Sometime Thursday evening, a thief broke into three cars parked at the Heritage Academy, 12215 Walnut Point Rd., Damage to the cars was estimated at $100 each. An unknown amount of money was taken, deputies said. And on Sunday between 2 a.m. and 2 p.m., a Midland Power Max CB radio was taken from a 1989 Truck parked 10514 Honeyfield Rd., Williamsport. The radio was valued at $75.
OBITUARIES
May 3, 2012
Milford C. Gossard, 90, of Cudjoe Key, Fla., passed away on Monday, April 23, 2012. Born May 15, 1921, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of the late Charles M. Gossard and Grace V. Gossard. Becoming interested in high school in radio and electronics, he was licensed by the Federal Communications Commission as a radio amateur and was assigned the amateur call letters W3IJF in 1939. He enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1942 and was assigned military duties as a high-speed Morse Code operator, serving at radio stations in the United States and overseas locations.
NEWS
December 15, 2004
Items needed for wounded soldiers may be dropped off at Parsons Ford on Moler Avenue, Martinsburg; or the WKMZ/WEPM radio station office on West King Street in Martinsburg. Phone cards may be dropped off at Antoinette's, on Queen Street, Martinsburg. Donations may be mailed to: Help Injured GIs, c/o EAA Chapter 1071, 275 Aviation Way, Martinsburg, WV 25401.
NEWS
March 16, 2011
Roger Keller will be the speaker at the Boonsboro Historical Society meeting   Tuesday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 64 S. Main St., Boonsboro. The title of his talk is "The Stripes and Stars: Evolution of the American Flag. "    Keller is a longtime Hagerstown area radio broadcaster, a Washington County historian and the author of of six books. Refreshments will be served.
NEWS
June 29, 2007
President George Bush will be appearing in Martinsburg, W.Va. on Wednesday, July 4, according to the White House schedule released at midday Friday by the Associated Press in Washington, D.C. "His appearance schedule shows that he will be in Martinsburg on July 4," said Natasha Metzler in the AP office. While the schedule didn't specify the time or place, a Martinsburg radio station reported Friday morning that the president will be at an Independence Day holiday program at the West Virginia Air National Guard 167th Airlift Wing.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | June 15, 2013
Joe Hartt spent 13 years of his life flying missionaries and supplies in and out of the jungles of Zaire as a bush pilot. On Saturday, Hartt, 58, of State Line, Pa., stayed in touch with his interest in aircraft on the decidedly tamer landscape of a field off Old Forge Road in Hagerstown. The Pegasus Radio Control Airplane Club hosted a show there to benefit the John R. Marsh Cancer Center. Hartt said that, ironically, he first became familiar with radio control - or RC - aircraft while in Zaire, which is now the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2013
The 32nd annual Texaco Country Showdown is coming to Hagerstown. WAYZ 104.7 FM will host the country music talent search and radio promotion. About $200,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded nationwide including the Grand Prize of $100,000 cash to the National Winner, presented at the National Final televised special. The contest is open to vocal and instrumental performers as well as groups with no more than seven members. Acts also must not have performed on a record charted in the top 100 country format of Billboard within 18 months preceding local competition.
OPINION
By TIM ROWLAND | timr@herald-mail.com | April 8, 2013
The first smartphone I ever saw had an app that could “listen” to a song on the radio and then display the name of the song and the name of the artist. Well, I thought that was so amazing, I immediately downloaded a copy and gave it a prominent place on the home screen of my own smartphone. Where it has remained, entirely unused, for about the past five years now. But even though it's hogging memory, I can't quite seem to separate myself from the concept that I could … if I wanted to … at any time … no matter where I was … hold my smartphone up to a radio and positively ID a song whose title and artist is unknown to me. Just because that situation never comes up doesn't matter.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | July 25, 2012
Friday will be a sad day for Lynn “Ed” Hull. That's when G. Gordon Liddy, Hull's favorite conservative radio talk show host, signs off the air for the last time. Hull, 64, a military retiree and regular caller to “The G. Gordon Liddy Show,” realized a dream when he was invited to meet Liddy in person on Monday's show. Hull said he and Liddy talked during the first 20 minutes of the show, mostly about how bullets are manufactured. “He seemed to know a lot about it,” Hull said.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | May 9, 2012
Two area radio stations are back in the hands of local owners after being purchased at an auction last week, Manning Broadcasting President Gene Manning confirmed Tuesday. Manning Broadcasting was the successful bidder for three stations, including two it once owned, WWEG-FM and WARK-AM, according to a notice from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Manning Broadcasting Inc. of Hagerstown sold WARX-FM and WARK-AM in 2005 to Nassau Broadcasting Partners of Princeton, N.J., for approximately $18 million, according to a previously published report inThe Herald-Mail.
OBITUARIES
May 3, 2012
Milford C. Gossard, 90, of Cudjoe Key, Fla., passed away on Monday, April 23, 2012. Born May 15, 1921, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of the late Charles M. Gossard and Grace V. Gossard. Becoming interested in high school in radio and electronics, he was licensed by the Federal Communications Commission as a radio amateur and was assigned the amateur call letters W3IJF in 1939. He enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1942 and was assigned military duties as a high-speed Morse Code operator, serving at radio stations in the United States and overseas locations.
NEWS
November 8, 2011
Jay Allison, editor of the essay collection “This I Believe” and moderator of NPR's “This I Believe” radio program, will present a lecture at Shepherd University in the Frank Center Theater on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m., followed by a book signing. “This I Believe” is this year's Common Reading selection at Shepherd. Allison will host a question-and-answer session at 2 p.m. on Tuesday in the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies auditorium, for those who are participating in the Common Reading essay writing project.
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Alicia Notarianni | Making Ends Meet | October 27, 2011
We slipped right into the twilight zone. It was me, three 6-year-olds, a 4-year-old and a radio dial. Yes, an actual dial. No buttons or digital displays on this baby. I bought the small reproduction 1930s wooden table radio years ago and I use it in my kitchen. I twist the knob to turn it on every day without much thought, but it tends to spark interest for others who visit. That's what happened recently when my two youngest children had their friends, Stephen and Daniel, sleep over.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | September 19, 2011
An involuntary petition for bankruptcy filed last week is aimed at a company that owns dozens of radio stations, including in Hagerstown. Nassau Broadcasting Partners L.P. of Princeton, N.J., is facing a chapter 7 bankruptcy, in which assets are liquidated to pay debt. Nassau Broadcasting says on its website that it operates 14 radio stations in the Mid-Atlantic region and 31 in New England. In Hagerstown, it has 106.9 The Eagle/WWEG-FM, a rock station, and WARK-AM 1490, which airs talk shows and oldies music.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | June 25, 2011
"We have a saying," Bob Long said. "When all else fails — amateur radio. " Disaster can silence communication in an instant, but just a little box, hooked to an antenna drawing a few watts of power, and a ham — as amateur radio operators often are called — can send messages across the globe, said Long of Mount Aetna. "A small antenna pulling enough power for a nightlight and I can talk to Russia," he said. Long and about 30 other amateur radio operators from the Antietam Radio Association gathered Saturday at Leitersburg Ruritan Community Park to compete in a nationwide event known as Field Day. To the untrained eye, the set up at the hilltop park might not look like much.
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