As a freshman at Emory, I decided that I wanted to do a radio show. It wasn’t anything super serious at the time, but Dr. Keller and Richard Graves were gracious enough to give me the 9 o’clock slot on a Friday night. That little 30 minute show motivated me to major in Mass Communications. I would spend countless hours in the WEHC studio (then in Martin-Brock) both hosting my own show and producing others. The summer before I graduated I was the intern for WEHC through the Virginia Association of Broadcasters and the experiences during those few months really set me up for success after graduation. I knew the interworkings of the station, day to day operations, and so much more.
I have now spent almost four years with two commercial stations in Danville, Virginia, working on air and behind the scenes. In this short amount of time, I’ve been blessed enough to win two awards and be nominated for another. My most notable award came from the Virginia Association of Broadcasters in 2017, when our coverage of local high school football won Outstanding Sports Coverage. It was my experiences at WEHC working with sports broadcasting that enabled me to get the job as the color commentator at WBTM.
Most recently, I have accepted a new position as the Taproom Manager with Ballad Brewing. In this new position I will be managing our staff, booking bands, composing our newsletter, organizing events, and promoting the happenings in our taproom. One of the main reasons I was hired was because of my ability to excel in the areas I just mentioned; a direct result of my degree and experiences with WEHC, WBTM, and WAKG.
Austin Bunn ’14