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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

Dominion Staffed and Ready for Next Storm

There is another storm front moving into the area and Dominion Virginia Power says it is ready to deal with any new problems it brings.

The power company says it’s still finishing up a few final restoration issues from last week’s 250,000 outages but is keeping an eye on today’s (6/21) weather map and a large system heading our way. Dominion says it isn’t expecting anything like last week’s devastation but there are bucket trucks, patrol teams, and contractors in place.

Crews have been notified and are pre-staged in areas where impacts are expected.

70 Neutering Surgeries in One Day at Richmond SPCA

Veterinary volunteers from the Richmond SPCA and Banfield Pet Hospitals took action yesterday (6/20) to help alleviate the number of feral cats in the Richmond area.

Trap Neuter Return, TNR, is the mantra at the SPCA and they perform about 1,200 feral cat spay and neuter procedures annually. For several weeks SPCA and Banfield vets alerted feral cat rescuers that they were aiming to do 100 surgeries in one day.

Robin Starr, CEO of the SPCA, said cats were also given rabies shots.

TNR, she said, is the humane way to control feral cat colonies.

Dominion Crews Working 24/7 to Restore Power

The storm from Thursday night (6/16) plunged more than 250,000 Dominion Virginia Power customers into darkness.

Dominion’s Richmond regional operations center is filled with large screens showing a wide range of detailed information.

For many, power was back on Friday. Some, in hard hit are still waiting for their electricity to be restored. Most of them are in the Lakeside, Dumbarton, Tuckahoe, East Highland Park, and Richmond’s north side neighborhoods.

Richmond Radio Icon Steve “Mr. Beach” Leonard Dies at 62

Steve “Mr. Beach” Leonard, a Richmond radio icon, died over the weekend. He was 62.

He was Ronald Stephen Waters when he graduated from Midlothian High School in the 70s. He became Steve “Mr. Beach” Leonard when he realized his childhood dream of being a radio DJ.

A friend of more than 30 years, J.T. Stevens said he was always Mr. Beach, on or off the air. Steve Leonard, he added, had literally met tens of thousands of people and remembered every one of them.

Friends and colleagues agree, when Mr. Beach was around its was a party.

Virginia Historical Society Restores 1912 Skylights

The Virginia Historical Society has undergone a lot of changes and renovations since it was built in 1912. Now, the leaded glass skylights in the original building have been restored.

The skylights, more than 40 feet from the floor, are made up of 27 large panels. Paul Levengood, President of the VHS, said 90% of the original glass was salvaged.

The two side galleries, he said, will open in the next few weeks.

The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is Coming to Powhatan

The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is coming to Powhatan County next week. The wall will be set up June 14th on the Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Catholic School’s football field on Academy Road in Powhatan.

Paula Ledbetter is the Head of the School that, with American Legion Post 201 and the Marine Corps League is sponsoring the event.

The wall contains all 58, 915 names on the wall in Washington, DC.

There’ll be an opening ceremony at 6:00 p.m. in the evening.

VHS CEO To Step Down

Dr. Paul Levengood, the President and CEO of the Virginia Historical Society is stepping down.

Levengood arrived at VHS in 2000 and in 2008, was named to his present position.

He holds a doctorate from Rice University. His field of study is 20th Century U.S. History.

Levengood has overseen nearly continuous building and renovation projects to expand the size and scope of the institution that was founded in 1831.