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Hoppy Kercheval

The radio “dean” of West Virginia broadcasters, Hoppy Kercheval joined West Virginia Radio Corporation in 1976. Through the years Hoppy’s 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.

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 writes for the sports website

Recent Articles by Hoppy Kercheval

Thanks, Rush

Rush Limbaugh changed my life. Let me explain because it’s not what you think. To me, Rush was, first and foremost, a broadcaster, an entertainer and a master communicator. He operated at the highest level of a radio talent by forming personal relationships with millions of people he never met. He revived and then perpetuated

February 18, 2021 - 12:05 am

Capito's Crown Jewel--Republicans Overtake Democrats in WV

Republican voter registration has overtaken Democratic registration in West Virginia for the first time since 1932.  Figures from the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office show there are now 448,924 registered Republicans (36.81 percent) and 444,609 Democrats (36.46 percent), with 275,469 with no party affiliation (22.6 percent). The shift in West Virginia’s political landscape has

February 17, 2021 - 12:34 am

The Pandemic and Public Education

One of these days, after we have returned to some sense of normalcy in a post-pandemic world, we will learn just how much the virus impacted the education of our children, and the news will not be good. We know that remote learning is, for now at least, a temporary fix, and one that cannot

February 16, 2021 - 12:34 am

West Virginia's Post-Pandemic Economy

West Virginia’s economy is still feeling the effects of the virus, and it is going to be awhile before the state is fully back to pre-pandemic levels. A report from WVU’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research shows the state lost 94,000 jobs during the pandemic. Bureau Director economist Dr. John Deskins calls it “the

February 15, 2021 - 12:28 am

Justice's Tax Plan is Bold, But is it Smart?

Say this about West Virginia Governor Jim Justice: He goes big. Justice opened the 2021 legislative session by proposing the elimination of the state income tax. That is a heavy lift. For this fiscal year, state income tax collections are expected to reach $2.2 billion, out of a $4.6 billion General Revenue Budget. That is

February 12, 2021 - 12:39 am

$15 An Hour Minimum Wage Deserves Truthful Debate

President Joe Biden wants to fulfill a campaign promise by raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025.  The current federal minimum wage is $7.25, and it has not been raised since 2009, so the argument for some increase is compelling. Advocates say wages will go up for the lowest paid workers and

February 11, 2021 - 12:35 am

A Legislative Session Like No Other Begins Today

The 2021 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature begins today, and it will be like no other in the state’s history. (Read Brad McElhinny’s report on the start of the session.) Many safety protocols are in place because of the pandemic. They will alter not only how and where lawmakers gather inside the State

February 10, 2021 - 12:42 am