WEHC 90.7 Football Broadcasting Honored with State Award

Posted by Rachael Wilbur

WEHC 90.7 FM coverage of the Emory & Henry College football season was recently honored at the 81st Annual Virginia Association of Broadcasters Awards, held Friday, June 22 at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel in Virginia Beach, Va.

WEHC was awarded first place in the category of outstanding sports coverage for non-commercial or public radio.

The awards ceremony honors Virginia radio and television stations for excellence in broadcasting. Awards were based on projects first aired between January 1 and December 31, 2017. Commercial and non-commercial stations were judged separately, and the award categories were broken down by market size.

Josh Floyd and Gary Lester (’75) conduct the WEHC football coverage. Floyd has spent over a decade as the play-by-play broadcaster and Lester has provided analysis from the booth for about five years.

“We feed off each other. I think of Gary as the tactician. He can break down the game in a way that teaches not only the audience but me about the strategy of the game,” said Floyd.

“I enjoy working with Josh because he brings such a level of professionalism to the broadcast, and I feel comfortable when we go on the air because I know I can depend on him to manage the broadcast and that helps me relax to where I can watch the game,” added Lester.

Both broadcasters have longtime connections to Emory & Henry. Floyd previously worked at the College in the admissions office. While Lester comes from a family of E&H graduates, most recently including his son Brad who, like his father, played for the Wasps football team.

Floyd was able to attend the awards ceremony and is quick to point out the huge honor this is for WEHC.

“The organizations competing for these awards are the who’s who of broadcasting – including some large stations – and to be standing beside those strong organizations is a big deal,” said Floyd.

Although he could not attend, Lester says it was a joyous phone call when he was told about the victory.

“It was exciting to hear,” exclaimed Lester. “I’m just excited for the station and Richard Graves (general manager) for all the time they put into supporting the broadcasts. We are also really grateful to all of the listeners. The Emory & Henry College fan base is passionate and loyal, and we are so grateful that they tune in across the globe to keep up with the games.”

The season kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 1 as the Wasps travel to Ferrum to compete in the Crooked Road Classic. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. You can catch this and every Wasps game online at www.wehcfm.com.

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This is the second year that a WEHC production has been honored by VAB. Alana Simmons, project coordinator for E&H CARES, was honored for the documentary series “Love Shouldn’t Hurt,” which featured interviews with a survivor, a batterer, law enforcement official and a representative of the court system.

  • Gary Lester and Josh Floyd hold the award from the Virginia Association of Broadcasters
    Gary Lester and Josh Floyd hold the award from the Virginia Association of Broadcasters
  • The WEHC 90.7 award for outstanding sports coverage for non-commercial or public radio.
    The WEHC 90.7 award for outstanding sports coverage for non-commercial or public radio.
  • Gary Lester and Josh Floyd.
    Gary Lester and Josh Floyd.

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