Motivation, Perseverance, Overcoming
Adversity, Life Balance, Leadership, Sports, Coaches
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.
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.
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