Personalities

We Are GA

Wade Burkholder “Afternoons”

I started my career in Radio at the age of 16 as a weekend announcer/DJ at WCBG in Chambersburg. I was Jerry Wade on air. Upon graduation in the spring of 1965, I was hired by WSHP in Shippensburg, PA, full time in sales and as a part time announcer. I met Linda Arnold, an employee at First National Bank of Shippensburg, in the fall of 1965. We married in September of 1966. We have 3 adult children. In the spring of 1967 when WKSL went on the air as Greencastle’s own radio station, I was one of the original employees and one of the first voices to be heard on the station. I worked as a full time announcer and in sales for seven years and three months. I left to work in Chambersburg, first at WCHA in marketing for seven years. I moved to WCBG in the summer of 1981 to work in sales and as a part time announcer. I was Sales Manager at WCBG for a couple of years. In June of 1989, I began a 27 year and 4 month association as a Marketing Consultant with Hagerstown Broadcasting; the former WWMD and WJEJ. Ben, Greg and I worked on the planning of WRGG for several years. I was one of the first voices on 93.7 when we went on the air June 14, 2016. On September 20th I retired from WJEJ to focus my total efforts as Development Director at WRGG. I am also co-owner of the Wade-Lin Properties, a real estate improvement and marketing business that was established in the spring of 1983. Today, I’m so very proud to say “We are GA”!


Lanny Carbough “The Morning Show” and “Blue Grass Connection”

Lanny was born and raised in Greencastle and has worked in radio since 1954 starting as a go-for or Jack Geiger and Jay “Jaybird” Hanshaw at WAYZ in beautiful downtown Waynesboro. While in the U. S. Air Force in 1957 and 58 stationed in Japan, he broadcast on the local US FM radio WSDO, Sado Shima, or as they called it, “The Alcatraz of the Far East, High on Mt. Kimpo looking down on the world and you.” With limited resources, he talked a good bit just to keep the broadcast line open and used a portable Philco record player with the speaker pointed at a live mike to broadcast music. He played Patty Page, Four Lads, and a couple of Country All Stars such as Grandpa Jones and Little Jimmy Dickens. The Air Force Times provided our news copy. WRGG is his first formal “on air” experience in broadcast radio. Tune in to Lanny on the Morning Show weekdays 6am to 9am and Blue Grass Connection Sunday evenings 4pm to 6pm..


Bill Cromwell “The Third Floor”

My love of classical music began with my parents and grandmother, listening to Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade when I was a child.  I sang professionally for four years with The Columbus Boychoir of Princeton, New Jersey, and that experience changed my life, especially in the realm of classical music.  I’ve taught English to 8th graders for over 27 years and have two kids, a wife, and three cats. I realized my dream of producing and hosting a classical music program on the radio by creating The Third Floor, now in its fourth broadcast year.  Classical music is an integral part of my life, and I’m happy to share my enthusiasm for the art form with listeners in the Greencastle-Antrim area . . . and beyond!

 


Jay Daniels “Simply Timeless”

Pianist and vocalist Jay Daniels is no stranger to classic pop standards. Ever since he was a child growing up in central Virginia, he has had a fond appreciation for the music of Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, Nat King Cole, and Ella Fitzgerald. This musical fascination blossomed into a career when Jay began performing these songs for audiences throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Through his shows at area retirement communities, he has heard many of the stories surrounding the songs and the artists that made them popular. After a ten-year stint in radio and television broadcasting, Jay returned to school at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, where he is now a music education major. He also serves as minister of music at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Waynesboro, VA. Says Jay, “It is pure joy to bring these timeless classics to the radio audience each week. I am thrilled to bring ‘Simply Timeless’ to WRGG.”


Dino Delray “Afternoons”

Dino Delray is an incurable, recovering musician. A singer/songwriter based in Hagerstown, MD. A musician who conjures a musical blend of varied styles: Country, Blues, Rockabilly and more. All mixed together in a seasoned stew.Dino has played in various musical ensembles in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland. Most recent recording release is “Cooking With Fire- Fast Freight” on the South Mountain Music label.


John Freeman “Sports”

After serving two years active duty in the U.S. Army, John attended Penn State University earning a journalism degree. Following graduation, he was a news reporter and anchor at radio stations in Sunbury and State College and a news reporter for WJAC-TV in their State College bureau office. In 1994 he moved to the Greencastle area to become the weekend news anchor at WHAG-TV in Hagerstown. He changed careers after graduating from Shippensburg University with a B.S. in finance and an M.B.A. from Mount Saint Mary’s University. John currently manages the Credit Underwriting Department for Middletown Valley Bank. John has lived in Greencastle since 1995 with his wife, Dr. Sandra Fink-Freeman, who owns and operates Greencastle Eye Care Center. They have two children, Benjamin and Jason. John and Sandy are also parents to one dog, Sadie, as well as two cats, Mazie and Ike. John Freeman is currently the morning sports reporter as well as a co-host for WRGG’s two sports-oriented talk shows, The Word on the Street (Sunday) and Chalk Talk (Thursday). John also announces play-by-play for several Blue Devil high school sports.


Shelley G “Jazz On The Rocks”

It all started when Shelley G answered a phone call on an unrelated topic, from long time radio man, Brant Zwicker. Her made-for-radio voice had him following a hunch. That was the beginning of many serendipitous events and meetings that have culminated in the sultry and intelligent Jazz On The Rocks with Shelley G radio show. She is the writer, producer and host of this two-hour weekly show on WRGG that seamlessly weaves together jazz, funk and soul. For the past 10 years Shelley G has been sharing her love of this remarkable music by designing musical journeys for her listeners, reacquainting them with some old jazz favorites or introducing to them to their next favorite soul artist. You’ll hear artists that you won’t find anywhere else, featured on Jazz On The Rocks. Possessing an unforgettably smooth voice that welcomes you each week, she ensures that your time with her will be enhanced with well-researched information. 


Patricia Garber “Elvis Now Radio”

Long time Elvis fan and fabulist, Patricia Garber, weaves her knowledge of the legend Elvis Presley into stories that connect with fan’s across the globe. Patricia has been writing professionally for ten years and authored two successful books “Eternal Flame” and “Samantha’s Secret” along with several short stories. Elvis Now Radio is her first venture into the radio world, but the subject alone makes her feel right at home–meet Patricia Garber


Dan Hawthorne “Elvis Now Radio”

A radio personality from way back, from top 40 hits on WQCM in the late 80’s to one half of The Really Really BADD Radio show in Ocean City, MD in the late 90’s. Dan loves inspiring others with his life changing story, encouraging and letting everybody know you truly can get your life back. Behind the mic is where Dan belongs; entertaining, inspiring and sharing his love for Elvis along with putting a smile on faces by doing what he does best–live Radio! The man of PEACE. The man with a million voices–meet Dan Hawthorne.


Greg Hoover “The Morning Show”

After devoting 39 years to the Greencastle-Antrim School District, in which he served in numerous positions, including Superintendent of Schools, Greg was part of a group of people that had a dream of returning local radio to the Greencastle-Antrim community. In June of 2016, their dream came true. In 1978, Greg faced one of those forks in the road and decided to go with the one that led him into education. The other road was radio, which he managed to keep his foot in the door by working part time until 2000. He has served at numerous radio stations in the area, but spent most of his time at WKSL, WIKZ and early on, at WEEO. Along with being a DJ, he has been (and still does) play-by-play broadcasting for numerous sports, as well as being the lead announcer for the Pennsylvania Cable Network’s television coverage of the Cross Country state championships. He is married to Ronda Hoover and between them, they have seven children and two grandchildren. He was born and raised in Greencastle and is very proud to call Greencastle his home.


Dave Kipp “Mid Mornings”

My love for 50s and 60s music began when I was a teenager. I killed many 9-volt batteries in my transistor radio going to sleep listening to the Sunday night Oldie shows on great stations like WKBW Buffalo, WOWO Fort Wayne, and WBT Charlotte. The music plus listening to DJs like Dr. Don Rose of WFIL in Philadelphia lit the flame in me to pursue a career in radio. After a few years at WMCR in Oneida, N.Y. and WNOW/WQXA in York, PA, I decided to pursue a career in Information Technology (IT). In 1990 I was blessed to be a part of the handful of folks who stood up the Coast Guard’s Operations Systems Center (OSC) in Martinsburg, WV. I retired from the OSC after 25 years. My community service includes past service on the GASD Board of Directors. Today, I continue being involved in my community through our church community, Ruritan, Old Home Week, and Greencastle’s radio station; WRGG…93.7. I am blessed.


Garry Kline “Mid Mornings”

Garry is thrilled to be back on the radio again and on air part time and be part of Greencastle’s Community Radio Station WRGG. His broadcasting career dates back to 1972 when Garry served in many capacities including Program and Music Director at WYII in Williamsport, Maryland, as well as on air at WCHA and WIKZ in Chambersburg and many other radio stations in the four state area. Garry has done play-by-play sports at the high school, college and professional level since 1980 including stints with the Hagerstown Suns, Winchester Royals as well as football and basketball for Shepherd College on the Rams Sports Network. He founded Mid Penn Broadcasting in 2010 which produces over 70 High School Sporting Events a year as well as two weekly sports talk shows Word On The Street with Mike Montedoro and Chalk Talk and is the play-by-play announcer for Chambersburg Trojans football and basketball. Garry owns and operates Kline Tours and resides with his wife Lynn in Greencastle.


Ron Oliver “The Morning Show”

Not quite an “official” Greencastle native, “The Morning Show’s” Ron Oliver has spent most of his 60 years in the Greencastle area. An “Army Brat” by birth, Ron and his family moved from Germany to town in 1958 and settled on South Washington Street , just a few houses down the street from Dr. Hoover. A 1974 graduate of GAHS, Ron was active in both sports and music. A five year “visit” to Arizona in the mid 1980’s gave him the Southwest “bug” and has been calling him back for years. Ron and his wife Stacy look forward to moving back to AZ someday soon.Ron has been in some form of sales and/or customer service for over 36 years and in addition to the exorbitant amount of money he has made over the years, his favorite part of his career path has been meeting new and interesting people! Ron and his wife, “The Pipster”, live in Antrim township and have three sons and three grandchildren. Ron hopes that “The Morning Show” listeners enjoy the show as much as the WRGG crew enjoy bringing it to them!


Brandon Royer “Saturday Morning”

Music has been a part of Brandon’s life since he was a kid when he listened to his uncle and father strum guitars in the living room. Music, however, doesn’t pay the bills. It seems fitting to venture it on the side as a hobby. Brandon has a beautiful wife and three kids. Brandon holds various jobs, one full-time and many part-time. He works full-time at the CSX intermodal terminal in Chambersburg as a locomotive engineer. Brandon also mows grass on the side, is a sub at Greencastle-Antrim schools, is a sub at Washington County schools, and works nights at Heritage Hills retirement home. Brandon’s hobbies include guitar playing, songwriting, podcasting, and the usual hunting/fishing combo.Brandon’s hope for the future is to become a middle school English teacher at Greencastle-Antrim schools. He is currently studying for his Bachelor’s Degree at Wilson College in Chambersburg. He vows to keep trying new things and gain experience around his community because a community like Greencastle is a wonderful thing and should be experienced.


Lois Steichen “GA Events”

In the early ’90’s, Lois had an arts interview show on WSJS 600AM radio in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. A Minnesota native, Lois and her husband, Tom, and twin boys spent 35 years in Winston-Salem where she was a community theatre actress, singer and voice-over artist. Grandchildren brought Lois and Tom to Greencastle in 2012. Bringing you the local non-profit and government events comes naturally as Lois had a 15-year career as a Public Relations Director for visual and performing arts and history organizations. Collecting and disseminating information is what she does!


Bill Taylor  

I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where my father was an engineer for the CBS affiliate WGAR. I spent many fantastic hours with my Dad at the studios of WGAR as well as a great many remote broadcast sites. I was very fortunate to meet many of the major stars of the 50’s because of where my Dad worked. I learned to appreciate the art of the “Theater of the Mind”, and wanted to be part of that adventure from as far back as I can remember. During my years in the Navy I got to go to many places around the world, which only deepen my desire to share my adventures with as many people as possible. When I came home I found that there was no job like being on the radio. Like many announcers and DJs I started my career at a very small town radio station, in Coshocton, Ohio and then on to the larger markets in Lancaster and Columbus, Ohio. Along the way I had meet and married my wife of now 51 years and have two great adult children and two marvelous grandchildren living in Minnesota. After 30+ years in advertising and marketing I am most fortunate to have the opportunity to return to my first love – radio – at WRGG here in Greencastle.


Ben Thomas Jr. “The Morning Show”

Ben is a Franklin County native growing up in the cities of State Line and Upton. In high school and college he worked at WKSL-FM radio. After college Ben pursued a law enforcement and municipal government management career spanning the past 37 years. Ben is the Manager of Cumberland Township, Adams County, and a retired police officer and current Mayor of Greencastle. He is married to Tina (Stockslager). Tina is semi-retired while continuing to work part-time for the past 37 years at Hagerstown ENT Associates. Tina and Ben live in Greencastle. Their daughter, Jen Everetts (husband Andy) have one daughter, Elizabeth Quinn.


Jim Vaughn “Staff Meteorologist”

A life long obsession, Jim has been recording weather observations since he received his first weather station as a 12 year old back in 1976. He later spent time as a storm chaser in Oklahoma in the late 1980s. Graduating from Penn State University in 1995, majoring in Meteorology, he became a contract Meteorologist for the National Weather Service at their Elkins, West Virginia weather office. In 1996 Jim accepted a position as a contract Meteorologist in Washington, DC for the NWS/FAA at Reagan Washington National Airport. He celebrated his 20 year anniversary at that weather station back in June. In 1997 Jim accepted a position with Verizon to provide weather forecasts on Verizon’s weather phones in Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, Boston, MA, and Wichita, KS. He will celebrate his 20 year anniversary in these cities in March.In the early part of 2016 Jim created a company named NowCast Weather, a company that supplies on air weather forecasts for radio stations. WRGG was the VERY FIRST radio station to broadcast Jim’s forecasts. As of October, Jim’s forecasts can be heard from Maine to California on 22 radio stations covering 19 states, Washington, DC and a small portion of Canada. But Jim’s heart will always be with the station that gave him his first chance to mumble “The weather forecast for………….”, the station that he can ALMOST hear from his hill top home in Ringgold, MD. 


Hollis Zimmerman “Hollis Z – Saturday Mornings”

Hollis will astonish you with his depth of knowledge of music from the  50’s, 60’s and early 70’s. He will give you interesting facts about the artists, and their music. He has a keen interest in the big variety of oldies that he plays on Saturday mornings.  His love for the oldies music began at a young nine years old when he enjoyed the music playing his mother played around the house and in the car.  The relationship that he had with the  older generation, both family and friends was also an incentive. His friends call him “The Encyclopedia of Music” because he can you a song, the artist, record label, year of release, and other assorted trivia in an instant!  Some of the oldies radio stations he would tune in to include: WICL in Martinsburg WV, WXDC in Berkeley Springs WV and WHAG in Hagerstown, MD.  Hollis is currently attending Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. where he is studying radio broadcasting. He began his radio career at 1450 AM “The Source” in 2016.

He is very proud to be the “Young Man with the Golden Touch” and spin the oldies every Saturday morning here in Greencastle-Antrim and Southern Franklin County!