Personalities

Dave Palmer

Dave Palmer is President of WATH and WXTQ.  He also hosts Ohio's longest running daily talk and call-in show, "The Party Line." Though a native of Worthington, Dave moved from Honolulu in 1973 to purchase the stations along with his father - radio pioneer and Hall of Famer Fred Palmer.  After brief but promising careers as a professional musician and a tech theater designer, Dave fell into broadcasting by accident (some would say destiny) where he worked for (KGMB, KIMN, WCOL) or has been consultant to (KCBQ, KFRC, KHJ, KOMA) some of the nation's great stations. He also served in the U.S. Army, owned WRAP in Norfolk (VA), was an Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism faculty member and is General Manager of the Copperheads Baseball organization. Few people have been or are more involved in the Athens community than Dave.  He and wife Patricia have raised three children here and today enjoy three grandchildren.

Thom Williams

Thom Williams, program director of WATH, has been a broadcaster in Southeast Ohio for 15 years. Before that he worked in Parkersburg, W.V. and spent most of his 43 years in radio in upstate N.Y., where he is from. He is the Station Manager of WATH and WXTQ and has said he enjoys working with this staff. He loves nothing more than to be out and about in the community meeting listeners. Being involved is important to him, serving locally with the March of Dimes and the American Cancer Society. He also serves the stations as the General Sales Manager and works closely with local businesses. Thom is a family man residing in Albany, Ohio with his wife, son, daughter, and many pets.  

Bob Beyette

Bob Beyette, originally from Buffalo N.Y., began his 30 plus year radio career in Georgia, with stops in Tennessee, New York and South Carolina before landing in Southeast Ohio. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Media Communications from Medaille College, Buffalo N.Y. He has worked for WATH/WXTQ for 16 years and has been News Director since 1997. Bob is also an Adjunct Professor in radio news writing and reporting at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. Aside from the news he enjoys being a member of the Elks Club. He, his wife and dog, Patches reside in Waterloo Township. They have three grown children, a son and daughter in Nelsonville and a son in Akron Ohio. Bob is also the proud Grandfather of seven grandchildren.

Scott Dailey and Chuck Dailey, Sr.

Scott Dailey wakes you up every morning from 6-9am weekdays as the morning host playing the best of the 60's,70's and 80's. He also rotates as the host of the long time running show, Sentimental Journey, with Chuck Dailey, Sr. weekdays from 10 a.m. till 12 N playing the music from yesteryear. From the Big Band sounds to the singers of the 60's.

 

The station is lucky to have them both!


WATH/WXTQ SPORTS TEAM
Troy Bolin and our sports staff will deliver to you ALL the Local High School Football
and Basketball Action and the pre-game show, Bobcat Insider! You also do not want to miss Mark Hunter
with Football Friday Night on our sister station Power 105 after every game.
If you missed the latest interviews, sports reports or
The J&K Sportsfan Click Here!

 

Penny Purdy

Join Penny every afternoon weekdays from 12:30 - 6pm. Penny Purdy resides in Athens County and not only spins the tunes here on WATH but also teaches music to lucky students. Her extensive knowledge of music shows through every afternoon!


Key
Join Key and her decidedly offbeat humor playing Classic Hits from the 70's, 80's
and 90'sthroughout the evening on 970 WATH and 97.1 FM weeknights
 7-10 p.m.!

In Loving Memory Ray Wagner September 19th, 1929 - July 14th 2011

Ray Wagner (The Professor), was the co-host of Party Line from 9am-10am and host of Sentimental Journey for many years weekdays from 10 a.m. til 12 N. He is originally from Hershey, Pa. and and resided in Athens along with wife Tish.  He had 5 children, 2 Girls and 3 Boys. Ray received his B.S. from  Manchester College, Indiana, his M.A. from Ball State, Indiana and his Ph.D. from Ohio University where he served a long career as a Professor.  He has worked for 12 years at WATH. We celebrate Ray's Life and are truly blessed to have worked beside him for so many years!   For more about Ray and information on his Memorial Service Click Here!



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