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WBEX Through Time

Memories of those who made WBEX

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    Various photos, either submitted or taken by staff members over the years. This is Dick Rutherford in 1957 when WBEX was on Carlisle Hill in studios on Pohlman Road. The site now houses our transmitters.
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    Steve and Dick circa 1957
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    Steve and Dick on the road
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    Worley Rodehaver in 1959
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    Truman Morris, helped get Chillicothe through the great flood of 1959.
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    Larry Roberts (late 1950s) left Chillicothe for a successful career in radio and television news. Larry has since retired to the Dallas, Texas area.
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    One of the stunts Larry Roberts performed was being jailed at the Ross County Fair. Sheriff Heinzleman stands guard. Roberts worked for rival WCHI at the time.
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    Dan Ramey and Pat Highland (second from right) talk with Cavalier Max Corcoran following Chillicothe's basketball run in the 2011 tournament at Ohio University. Coach Gary Kellough stands ready to join in. The Cavs won the D2 state title in 2008.
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    The most recent WBEX logo, which has changed many times over the years.
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    Christina Wolford joined WBEX in September of 1989. Today, she's the host of "A Good Country Morning" on 94 Country WKKJ.
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    Caught on a conference call, mastering a game of solitaire... current General Manager Dan Latham.
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    Dan Ramey has been host of Dan & Mike in the Morning since May 1994.
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    Mac Porter served WBEX from 1973 to 2009. Here Porter is installing equipment for a computer upgrade to the studios at 45 West Main Street. WBEX moved to the location in February 2000.
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    Mike Smith interviews country artist John Berry who has come to Chillicothe numerous times to perform his Christmas Show at the Majestic Theater.
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    News Director Mike Smith has been with WBEX since 1981 and is also the Operations Manager for Clear Channel Chillicothe cluster of stations (WBEX, WCHI, WKKJ & WQLX).
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    The wiring behind what we like to call the "Million Dollar Room".
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    The front side to all of the wiring in the "Million Dollar Room".
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    The Cincinnati Reds & WBEX have been partners since the late 1960s. The team has been stopping at the WBEX studios the past few seasons as a part of visiting Reds Country. Former Red Chris Dickerson likes to joke around. He's now with the Brewers.
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    Many celebrities make visits to the Ross County Fair. Cable TV's Dave Canterbury of "Dual Survivors" on the Discovery Channel (with Dan Ramey, Jeff Kern in background).
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    The Cavalier broadcast team gives a preview from the stage at the 2010 Ross County Fair. Left to Right, Pat Highland, Jeff Kern, Cavs coach Ron Hinton, Jim Day and Dan Ramey.
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    Retired sales rep Karen Raybould gave the gift of life at the first Dan & Mike Blood Drive.
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    Former anchorman and computer guy Chadd Bartholomew giving thumbs up and a pint.
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    Mike Smith, Hal Watts of the First Capital Chapter of the American Red Cross and Dan Ramey. This was the first Dan & Mike blood drive which had so many respondents, they had to schedule donors for other drives in the area. Th drive had a tropical beach theme as Dan & Mike's Blood Donors in Paradise.
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    Sales rep Josh Koch caught trying to say "no" to longtime Red Cross volunteer and WBEX listener Faye Scholl. No one says "no" to Mrs. Scholl and gets away.
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    Former sales rep Lisa Messer... prior to this moment, had never given blood. Thanks for the donation!
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    Buckeye football analyst and former OSU team captain Jim Lachey on the 2007 stop of the Buckeye Roundtable at the Chillicothe Comfort Inn. The show originated from Chillicothe and was broadcast on the OSU Network's affiliate station statewide, including WBEX.
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    WBEX staffers Mike Smith, Chadd Bartholomew, Voice of the Buckeyes Paul Keels, Greg Bigam and Dan Ramey with their own Mini Buckeye Roundtable discussion (September 2007).
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    WBEXers said farewell to former Chillicothe radio man Bob Neal. Bob became a part of WBEX when his stations (WFCB and WCHI) merged with WBEX in 2000. This shot was taken in May 2006.
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    Bob Neal with a parting gift to remember Ohio. Destination South Carolina. He and his wife Beth have since returned to Chillicothe, and we're glad to have them as part of the community again.
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    Glenn Beck (center) joined the WBEX lineup shortly following the attacks on America in 2001. Here, he posed for a picture with Dan Ramey and Mike Smith along his "Rally For America" stop in Columbus.
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    The Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq brought the revival of the Ross County Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers. During many campaigns, WBEX was used to gather items from pillows & socks for US troops and stuffed animals for troops to hand out to the children on the war front.
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    Some of the bears (the rest in bags) donated by listeners to be sent overseas. It was reported a US caravan was halted by an Iraqi child who had been given a teddy bear the day before. The caravan was headed for an IUD. Perhaps one of these bears saved American lives that day.
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    Along the presidential campaign stops of 2008, Chillicothe was visited by every candidate, including the eventual winner Barak Obama. Our Vanessa Doyle and Dan Ramey were part of the media corp that day.
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    WBEX said good bye to Sales Rep Tammy Barker around 2007. She and husband Bill own Casa del Taco. LtoR, Karen Raybould, Barker, Dan Ramey, Lisa Hyden, Conchetta Ingram, Josh Koch, Mac Porter, Karen Dennewitz, Josh Taylor, Christina Wolford and Danielle Wolford (front)
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    Dan & Mike October blood drive has taken on a life of its own thanks to costumes and partnering with Horizonview Channel 11. This is an advertisment built by them computer guy Koby Doughty (2010).
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    Todd Lesh manned the overnight hours from 2008-2010. This is his infamous hair photo. Todd donated his hair to Locks of Love.
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    Koby Doughty, computer guy and utility announcer 2009-2011.
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    Jeff Kern, former evening announcer and co-host of WKKJ's Scoreboard Show.
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    Mike Smith chats with Good Samaritan Food Network's Steve Delmoe at the 2005 Food Drive in Central Center. The food drive was started by former WBEX Sales Manager Tracy Taylor in the late 1980s. Delmoe has since passed away.
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    Some of the food purchased at the food drive, made possible by donations from WBEX listeners in 2005.
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    A festive Christina Wolford pleads with the audience for Good Sam donations in 2006.
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    A welcome addition to the 2006 Good Sam Food Drive, a lovable camel named Ezekiel. Ol' Zeke lays a lick on Dan Ramey as Mike Smith looks on.
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    WBEX has always been a launch pad for green announcers to on to something big. Once such is Matt Bruning. Bruning came to WBEX as a high school student around 1997. He now works for Clear Channel Cincinnati as the statehouse reporter in Columbus. Bruning still resides in Chillicothe.
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    2006 Good Sam Food Drive helpers Tony Messer, Michael Frank, Mike Smith, Josh Koch, Matt Bruning and Dan Ramey.
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    Part of the food from the 2006 Good Sam Food Drive being unloaded on the dock at Good Sam.
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    Mike Smith talks with Community Markets manager Jeff Anthony, a longtime member of the Chillicothe community. Anthony was with the grocer when it was Big Bear.
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    The Legend. Karen Raybould retired from radio sales in Spring of 2011. She is remembered everyday (because she still stops in to say "Hi"!)
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    Memorial Day 2010, Downtown Chillicothe suffered a severe power outage. The station was unable to operate its studios. An emergency studio was assembled at the transmitter site on Pohlman Road to get Chillicothe trhough the outage. Since, a new generator has been installed at the studios downtown.
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    Along the road, our WBEX Cavalier announcers have been welcomed by many opponent. This was a greeting from the press box at Olentangy High School extended to Dan Ramey, Pat Highland and former sideline reporter Steve Day. Steve's brother Jim now prowls to sidelines for the radio team.
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    Buckeye Roundtable stop 2007. Marty Bannister, Dispatch reporter Ken Gordon, Voice of the Buckeyes Paul Keels and Jim Lachey.
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    Former sales rep Cyndi Newman (now owner of "She Said Yes" dress shop downtown) and Reds play-by-play man Marty Brennamen on the 2008 Reds Radio Caravan stop.
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    Reds second baseman (and MVP) Brandon Phillips with Dan Ramey, Jr. at the 2010 Reds Radio Caravan stop.
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    "... and WBEX, a long time member" words used by Marty Brennamen when tipping a radio hat to WBEX on the Reds Radio Network.
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    Mike Smith, Marty Brennamen, Dan Ramey and 1990 Reds World Series champion Glenn Braggs during the 2010 Reds Radio Caravan.