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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

Southside Task Force Warns of Deadly Heroin in Mecklenburg

The Southside Gang and Drug Task Force is warning people in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties about potent heroin that’s being sold in the area.

Southside Virginia has struggled for some time with opioid and heroin abuse and State Police Special Agent Dale Sturdifen explained.

"Within the past three weeks we’ve had three people die."

He said reported overdoses have also increased. And, he added, heroin is frequently cut with fentanyl and that can be deadly. Sturdifen also pointed to a rash of marijuana users being hospitalized.

Iconic Richmond Radio Personality Jeff Beck Has Died

Radio personality Jeff Beck, best known as part of the iconic Jeff & Jeff Morning Show on XL102 has died. Beck had been quietly fighting a type of cancer affecting the brain for more than year. He would have turned 67 this Sunday.

Jeff Beck was a radio pro. He worked for a station in New York City when we first met in passing. For a time, I was the newsman on the Jeff & Jeff Show. Our boss was Brian Illes.