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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

DEQ Report Shows Small Increases in Solid Waste Management

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality today (6/23) released its annual report on solid waste management. The report looks at municipal solid waste as well as construction and demolition debris, and yard waste among other things.

The increase from 2014 to last year was about 500,000 tons.

The DEQ’s Bill Heyden said the amount of out of state waste last year rose around 100,000 tons to 3.6 million tons, and that’s about the same as 2014.

Dr. James Lane Sworn in as Chesterfield Schools Superintendent

At noon today (6/23) Chesterfield County’s new Superintendent of Schools was sworn in. Dr. James Lane said he begins this new challenge with confidence.

His first official day on the job will be July 1st, but he’s been working to put together a transition team.

Dr. Lane, recently named Virginia’s Superintendent of the year, said, the goal is a simple one: to create the best possible experience for students.

Historical Society’s NFL Hall of Fame Exhibit

One of the most popular exhibits this summer at the Virginia Historical Society features artifacts pro football fans love. They call it “Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.”

Greg Hansard, VHS web manager, showed off a model of the Superbowl Lombardy Trophy, and things like Quarterback Doug William’s Superbowl jersey, Tom Dempsey’s half foot kicking shoe, Mean Joe Green’s helmet, and a slew of interactives.

The exhibit is open through September 3rd.

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.