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John Ogle

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John Ogle began his career in broadcast journalism while still in high school. In nearly 50 years on the radio he has worked as a news anchor for the ABC, NBC, and Mutual networks and as News Director of radio stations in Richmond, Miami, Washington, and New York City. After ten years as News Director of WCXR, Alexandria, John returned to Richmond in 1993 and organized The Richmond Times Dispatch Broadcast News Service. In its 12 year history, the network’s programming was heard on 20 radio stations across Virginia. John retired from the Times Dispatch at the end of 2004 but is still heard daily as a freelance Correspondent on WCVE Public Radio and on the ABC Radio Network.

Articles by John Ogle

Virginia Educators at NEA National Meeting

Educators from Virginia and every other state, nearly 9,000 of them, are gathering in Denver tomorrow for the ten day National Education Association’s annual meeting. Meg Gruber, President of the Virginia Education Association said, “...among other things, they’ll be examining the impact of standardized testing.” After 20 years, she said, Virginia’s SOLs are problematic. The NEA, she said, feels assessments need to help teachers improve their practices and help students evaluate their own strengths and needs and the meeting in Denver provides a sounding board.

Fort Lee Closing Gates for Emergency Testing

Fort Lee is its emergency crisis plans and procedures following recent shootings at the Naval station in Norfolk and at Fort Hood in Texas. Through the end of the month all six of the Fort’s gates will be closed for around 15 minutes at a time. Chief James Wilson said this morning at 10:30 the Shop Road Gate will be shut down and the Mahone Gate will close at 9:30 and again at 2 this afternoon.

James River Association to Offer "Tour of the James"

The Tour of the James will be the first comprehensive photo documentary of an entire river, all 340 miles of it. A raft was launched yesterday by Richmond based Outside Venture LLC at the headwaters of the James.

Justin Doyle is JRA’s Outreach Manager. He explained that the cameras are ten feet above the water’s surface and will capture high resolution panoramic photos every 30 seconds. The Tour of the James was initiated by Envision the James, a collaboration involving JRA, National Geographic, and the Chesapeake Conservancy.

Brand Expert Says Team Name Change is Inevitable

A professor at the VCU Brandcenter says a name change for Washington’s NFL team is inevitable and recommends they change it now. Kelly O’Keefe, a professor of creative brand management, says Redskins owner Dan Snyder may well succeed in an appeal of yesterday’s trademark ruling.

O’Keefe is known for his work in digital marketing, brand strategy and creativity. He said its foolish to continue to invest in a brand with a clouded future. Loyal fans, he believes, will stay with the team whatever they’re called.

Science Museum Kicks Off Summer With a Party

The Summer Science Family Fun Celebration which kicks off Saturday morning at the Science Museum of Virginia is a monster. Saturday is the first day of summer, and the museum is celebrating with science, technology, engineering and monsters, including a one of kind automotive monster.

Armani Hall, the museum's Inspiration Manager, organized the party. Everything, he said, is large. They’ll be launching giant water balloons down by the train, there’ll be giant reptiles and things to do.

Microsoft Expands Data Operations in Virginia

Microsoft is again expanding its data operations in southwest Virginia. Mecklenburg County Manager Wayne Carter says Microsoft is investing $346 million dollars in this third expansion, creating 90 additional jobs. Microsoft chose Mecklenburg County in 2010, investing $499 million dollars and creating 50 new jobs. A year later $1.3 million was invested and last year there was a $348 million expansion. Carter pointed out that job creation has not been limited to the Microsoft campus, the impact has also been felt by the motel owners around the lakes.

Border to Border Patrols on Route 15

For the third year in a row, U.S. Route 15 will be part of a safety effort involving six state law enforcement agencies this weekend. Tomorrow through Sunday Operation Border to Border will focus on the entire 791 miles of Route 15 from where its starts in Waterboro, South Carolina to where it ends in Corning, New York. Troopers and highway patrol officers will be out in force. They’ll be conducting sobriety check points and other enforcement measures aimed at preventing accidents, injuries, or deaths.