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Fred Persinger


Fred Persinger joined the MetroNews Radio Network fulltime in October 2001, but has been a member of the MetroNews family for over 20 years. A native of Beckley, Persinger started his radio career at WWNR in Beckley and later moved to WTNJ in Mount Hope. For 27 years he served as voice of the Beckley Woodrow Wilson Flying Eagles football and basketball teams. A veteran broadcaster who has called state tournament action in football, basketball and baseball, Fred has become known as the voice of high school sports in West Virginia.

In addition to his duties as affiliate relations director for MetroNews, Persinger also serves as host of The Point After, MetroNews Tee2Green, High School Gamenight, High School Football Scoreboard, High School Football Daily Report, and High School Basketball Roundup.

An avid golfer, Fred resides in Hurricane with his wife Jan. They are the parents of two sons, Fred II and Shawn.



Recent Articles by Fred Persinger

Super Six or Super Four?

The high school football championships are less than two weeks away and still a lot of questions remain!  But, before we look ahead, let’s take a quick look back! Last weekend, the quarter-finals were much like the 1st round with several games lacking opponents!  In Class AAA, only one game was actually played out of

November 23, 2020 - 11:52 am

First Round of Playoffs: 12-12!!

Last weekend, the 2020 high school football playoffs got underway and once again it was the Coronavirus making the headlines.  Of the 24 games scheduled in the 1st round last week, 12 games were played and 12 had to be forfeited because of the wrong color on the Covid map!  In Class AAA of the

November 16, 2020 - 10:36 am

Typical 2020 - 24 Playoff Games - 12 Could End in Forfeit!!

It is a weekend that almost wasn’t and even though the matchups for the first round of the football playoffs are set, we could be looking at half of the games never kicking off! It is certainly no secret Governor Jim Justice toyed with the idea last week of cancelling all post season play in

November 9, 2020 - 2:29 pm

It's Time For A Big Pat on the Back!

It certainly is no secret, 2020 has been a very lamentable year!  However, high school athletics is much like show business…..and that is, the show must go on! This year, more so than any other, Athletic Directors around the state have been busier than ever just trying to give their high school football players and

November 2, 2020 - 8:08 am

Covid Continues To Reign Supreme!

As we enter week #9 of the high school football season this week, one thing is for certain……the playoff field is going to look unlike anything we have seen since the number of playoff teams was increased to sixteen back in 1991! One major change in the playoff field, because of the coronavirus, is the

October 28, 2020 - 3:05 pm

Covid Map Strikes Again.....How Many More??

I am confident I was with the majority this past Saturday evening at 5p when I ventured on to the website of the WV Board of Education to check out the Covid 19 colored map!  For you see, that colorful map of West Virginia is our go to……it is the piece of document we all

October 19, 2020 - 10:27 am

Six Weeks Down - With Fingers Crossed, Four Weeks to Go!!

Last Wednesday night (October 7th), WVSSAC Executive Director Bernie Dolin was gracious enough to appear on High School Sportsline and I thought his most profound statement was “we plan to start the football playoffs on time”!  That would mean we have four weeks left in the regular season, already shortened by one week, and the

October 12, 2020 - 8:42 am