Veteran radio broadcaster Hoppy Kercheval has signed a new deal that will keep him at the helm of the state's most popular talk radio show for the next 10 years.
West Virginia Radio Corp. announced Tuesday that Kercheval had signed a new contract that would keep him with its MetroNews Radio Network through 2024.
Kercheval, a native of Summit Point in Jefferson County, began working for West Virginia Radio's Morgantown station WAJR while he was attending West Virginia University. He took over as the station's news director after graduating in 1976.
Kercheval helped establish the company's statewide Metronews radio network and, in 1993, he launched the network's signature MetroNews Talkline show.
"Through hard work, dedication, and talent Hoppy has become so much more than a talk show host -- he is part of the fabric of this great state," said West Virginia Radio president Dale Miller.
Kercheval said he is grateful to know he'll spend his entire career with the company, and credited Miller and West Virginia Radio owner John Raese for making his decision to stay an easy one."I've been blessed to be part of a wonderful company with strong values," he said. "This is, and has always been, the job I wanted."