HISTORY OF BROADCASTING IN WEST VIRGINIA
The following was taken from the former WVMR website.
Owned and operated by the Pocahontas Cooperative Communications
Cooperative, WVMR is a sole service non-commercial broadcast station,
located in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. There are no other radio
or television stations in the county, and WVMR was built to serve the
residents of this isolated area with a full schedule of community
oriented programming, produced locally by volunteers.
WVMR took to the air in 1982 at 1370 khz on the AM dial. Due to the
restrictions imposed by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in
Green Bank, West Virginia (some 8 miles north of the WVMR
transmitter), no FM broadcasting is allowed.
Keith Miller, a former DJ at WVMR writes:
The station was established I think in the early 1980's to serve
Pocahontas County and the surrounding mountainous areas. This area of
the state was not covered by any other local media and being as
secluded and mountainous as it is, receiving any radio or television
signals was near impossible. The station provides better community
programing and news than any station I have ever listened to. It is a
nonprofit corporation and most of its operating revenue is provided by
donations from local individuals and businesses. There are very few
paid employees, maybe 3 or 4, and their salary is mostly a token.
Almost all the air time DJ's are volunteers providing their time to
keep the station on the air from sunrise to sunset daily every day of
the year. Therefore, those of us who have worked or are working at
this station also like " Where Volunteers Make Radio ".
Some local people who disagree with some of the ways the station provides
coverage of the news have also coined " West Virgina Moscow Radio "
WVMR broadcasts on 1370 am, Sunrise to sunset, is located on State Route 28 10
miles north of Huntersville next to Pocahontas County High School which
provides many local students the opportunity to experience broadcasting.
Their building is three-quarters underground and is designed to be primarily
solar heated in the winter and is cooled by the earth in the summer. Anyone
traveling in the Pocahontas Co. area is always welcome to stop in and say Hi
and see what goes on inside to bring us what we call radio. That's exactly
how I got started ( Hijacked ) into being a volunteer DJ.
Information about the stations owned and operated by Pocahontas Comms Co-op Corp is at
The stations are
WVMR (1370), Frost WV,
WVLS (89.7), Monterey VA,
WCHG (107.1) Hot Springs VA,
Radio Durbin (103.5) Durbin WV.
In a 2008 email, Allegheny Mountain Radio chief engineer Chuck Niday
wrote that the company also had construction permits to
build three new non-commercial FM stations in West Virginia:
Franklin WV 91.1 FM (WVPC),
Hillsboro WV 91.9 (WVMR-FM), and
Marlinton WV 88.5 FM (call sign not yet reserved)
He stated that all three stations will be programmed from the WVMR-AM studios in Frost and that WVMR-AM was broadcasting in stereo using the