Panhandle Live is an hour long journey across West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. The area's longest running local talk program offering relevant news, politics, and information to listeners. Host and WEPM news director Hans Fogle has distinguished himself in the news industry and brings that knowledge to the conversation as he discusses the issues of the day with local officials, state leaders, business members, and anyone else contributing to life in Berkeley, Morgan, and Jefferson Counties.
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Panhandle Live for Oct. 26-Oct. 31 2012
by Hans Fogle,posted Oct 31 2012 12:53PM
Wow, where to begin. We're playing catch up after a busy weekendand a hurricane! Let me start by thanking everyone who came on the air with us during Hurricane Sandy to update listeners about what was happening around the Eastern Panhandle. Thanks also to officials who worked to get information to us so we could share it with the public. As some have said, things went pretty well considering what could have happened so we have much to be grateful for now.
On Friday, Oct. 26th we spoke with Democratic candidate for the 2nd Congressional District Howard Swint. You can check out his campaign online.
We also spoke with the republican candidate for governor in West Virginia Bill Maloney. He explains his stance on the recent endorsements for his opponent from various coal groups. Check out his website for more.
Jefferson County Commissioner Lyn Widmyer also made an appearance Friday. She gave us an update on her end of the Panhandle.
Monday, Oct. 29th, was Hurricane Sandy day! We got updates from emergency responders dealing with the situation first hand and kept listeners up to date on what was happening. We did catch up with the folks from Panhandle Home health to talk about their upcoming Holiday Gala on November 10th.
We also visited with Mountain party Gubernatorial Candidate Jesse Johnson. He is making another bid for office. Check out the interview here and learn more about his campaign online.
Tuesday Oct. 30th we heard more about the aftermath of Sandy and sat down with Republican candidate for the Berkeley County Council Jim Barnhart. He gave his take on the issues and spoke about why he'd like to serve. He does not have a website for his campaign but he did offer his phone number if you'd like to learn more 304 995 4717.
We also got an update on some early voting closures from Secretary of State Natalie Tennant. Check the early voting numbers at the Secretary of State's website.
And we capped it off chatting with West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. He gave an update on state wide efforts to deal with Sandy and gave us an update on his campaign for reelection. The democrat touted some of the positive things going on and was reluctant to address the negative.
And finally today, Halloween, we chatted with Republican candidate for the WV House of Delegates Elliot Simon. He gave us a great run down on how the political system works. He also told listeners a lot about where he sees some room for improvement here in the Mountain State. Check out his website to learn more.
And House candidate on the democratic side John Maxey stopped by as well. He gave us some insights into how he sees the issues and spoke against what he deems negative campaign ads. Check out his campaign online.
And Bryan Clark from the Spirit of Jefferson was in studio. He had some figures to share and it was interesting to see how much money is being spent on races here in West Virginia! Learn more in this week's Spirit of Jefferson.