MEET OUR AIR STAFF
Dave Kirby, WWNR
Dave Kirby began his broadcasting career in the summer of 1967 at WKOY Radio in Bluefield. He has since worked at many television and radio stations throughout the nation and taught Introduction to Broadcasting classes at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN. A graduate of Sophia High School, Dave attended West Virginia Wesleyan College where he did play-by-play of Wesleyan's football and basketball games. Following college, Dave served in the U.S. Army as a Broadcast Specialist for the American Forces Radio and Television Network in Seoul, South Korea. Through the years, Dave has been a TV News Anchor, News Director, Reporter, Radio Disc Jockey, Sales Manager, Sports Play-By-Play and Color Analyst. He currently hosts Kirby's Korner, weekday mornings from 9:05-10:00 on WWNR Radio. He and his wife, Anna Lou live in Daniels.
Nick "Snowman" Durm, The Buzz
Nick "Snowman" Durm is one of the original hosts of The Buzz. Nick is a Beckley by way of Baltimore, MD native. A graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, Communications Major at Concord University and graduate of University of Charleston. Nick, a veteran in the WV music scene since 2002, playing in bands like: Every Other Tuesday, Old School Abbey, The Boatmen and still performing solo under the moniker My Name Is Nicholas. In addition to his passion for radio and songwriting, Nick is an avid sports fan cheering for The Orioles, The Pirates and The Ravens. Nick brings a unique energy to his show and loves interacting and hearing from the listeners. When not working, Nick spends his time with his awesome wife (Hannorah), two wild sons (Mannix & Michael) and ever growing horde of animals.
Tom Riser, The Buzz/WWNR
Tom Riser came to the Southern Communications family in 2019. Since joining the team he has expanded his role to include being the stations multimedia journalist on WWNR. His energy is infectious!
Kathy St. John, Mornings WTNJ
Kathy St John has been playing the hits for 30 years at 103CIR, and has now made the move to Mornings on WTNJ. She takes the helm of Morning duo Kathy and Cooper.
Kathy spends most of her spare time trying to remember her MySpace password.
Sonya Cooper, Mornings WTNJ
“Super Duper” has been selling results to her clients at Southern Communications since 1999. Somehow this wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother finds time not only to go that extra mile for her radio clients, but she’s also one half of the Morning Kathy and Cooper on WTNJ-FM 105.9FM.
Cindy Taylor, Mid Days WTNJ
Riding the Air Waves (from NC, SC back to NC and Finally WV) since November 1979 (NC) WKZL, WKTE, WTQR, (SC) WYAV, WNMB, WGHB, WBPR, WYNA, WYAK, (NC) WMQX, WTQR-2nd time, Traffic Patrol- Air Traffic Reporter over Greensboro & Winston-Salem,(in a Cessna 150 and 172) (WV) WJLS and Finally Found A Home at South Communications, WTNJ Also achieved Paralegal Certification from Horry-Georgetown Tech. LIKES: Hanging Out on the Island, or at the River with My Family & My Pups and I LOVE CARS DISLIKES: Negativity FUTURE: Where ever God sees fit and Overcoming SCA6
Warren Ellison, Afternoons WTNJ
Warren Ellison A.K.A. The Old-Timer (Night Rider) has been with WTNJ since 1987 (or thereabouts) He is nearly lifelong resident of the Beckley Area. LIKES: Eating Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Pasta and RAMPS! ! ! DISLIKES: Not eating Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Pasta and Ramps.
Ted Morro, Groovy 94.1
Ted Morro started in Radio in 1978 in Tulare California for KJUG FM & KCOK AM, then Fresno for KMGX FM, and then KFIG FM, and Los Angles for Transtar Radio Networks Format 41, where he was the West Coast morning Host. From there Greensboro, NC to an affiliate, then onto WARM 98 in Cincinnati where he kept the Mid Day chair WRRM for almost 19 years. And now finally here in Beckley at WAXS, Groovy 94.1. Over 40 years, and still on air, it’s what he loves and he loves it here in Southern West Virginia. The Mountains, Rivers, Lakes, the Outdoors as a rule is an added bonus! Ted is a recreational diver, outdoorsman, a disabled American Veteran, and plays Dad to a couple Australian Shepherds, Chloe & Crockett. and his GSD dog’s Cletus and Luna, You never know, you might bump into Ted, his wife Rhonda, and the pups on the New, at Summerville Lake, or the Trails at Pinnacle Creek.
Rick Rizer, Mornings 103CIR
Rick Rizer was born in Oxnard, California on November 5th, 1965. His family relocated to Shafter, Ca., a suburb of Bakersfield, when he was in high school. It was there, during his senior year, that he got his first job in radio as a weekend board operator at KWSO radio. After two years working weekends and fill-in, he left KWSO for KKXX...the number one station in the market and became Jonny Quest. The next 2 years found him bouncing around the Bakersfield market until 1988 when he was hired as afternoon deejay at KRVC in Medford, Oregon. Soon after, he was promoted to program director and morning host. It was during this time Rick met his future wife Lola who was working as an independent record promoter in Nashville. Rick moved to Nashville and on December 20th, 1990 he married Lola. From there, they moved to Bakersfield for two years, then onto Springfield, Missouri in 1994 where the Early Show with Rick &;Lola was born at alternative radio station KTOZ, Channel Z95. In 1997, Rick & Lola, along with their 3 kids moved to Beckley, West Virginia. On January 2nd, 1998, The Early Show with Rick & Lola made its debut on WCIR, 103CIR. Since then, they've added another child to their family, Belle, and have continued to wake up southern West Virginians each weekday morning from 5a-10
Lola Rizer, Mornings 103CIR
Lola Rizer starter her Radio career right out of High School in Missouri. After a field trip to a radio station with her English class, she knew radio was where she was meant to be. She is graduate of Evangel University in Springfield, Mo. with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
Past Radio adventures include: KECC, KLFJ, KGBX- Springfield Missouri, KRAB and KLLY in Bakersfield, CA. The Early show with Rick and Lola actually started in Springfield Mo. at KTOZ, where they quickly became a top rated morning show.
Rick and Lola moved to West Virginia in 1998. For Lola it was a homecoming. She was born in Beckley and her mothers family are from Oak Hill.
If you have read Rick's bio, you know that she is the mother for 4 amazing humans and loves working in the community and radio.
Yes, They are really married.
Lorenzo Wood, Afternoons 103CIR
Lorenzo Wood is the newest member of the Southern Communications Team. You can hear him daily on 103CIR Afternoons from 2PM-7PM. A Woodrow Wilson High School Graduate, Actor and Entrepreneur, You can also see him in the new movie "A Patriots Day" on Amazon Prime Video. Lorenzo brings his own style and energy every day. We are excited to have him as part of the team. .
Whitney Wylde - Mid Days 103CIR
Whitney Wylde is a recent college graduate from Concord University with an accounting background and is now branching out into the wild world of broadcasting. Whitney is a music loving, cat enthusiast, traveler at heart who approaches life with a zeal to experience all she can with the people she cares about. .