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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

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.

VCU Entrepreneurial Program Raises Money, Creates Jobs

Last summer, VCU launched an entrepreneurial support program open to students from any of the university’s schools. Sixteen teams of students took part in the pre-accelerator program and they had a remarkable year.

Nicole Monk, enterprise and economic development executive in VCU’s Office of Research and Innovation, said they’ve established 14 companies and created 29 full or part time jobs.

In addition the teams are required to spend at least 20 hours per week building their business.

Petersburg Acting Police Chief Appointed

Petersburg’s Acting City Manager Dironna Moore Belton today (6/8) announced the appointment of William Rohde as Acting Police Chief. Chief John Dixon was dismissed yesterday (6/7). Rohde, who retired from the department in September after 39 years on the job, was Deputy Chief of Field Operations and commanded the Investigations Unit at the time of his retirement.

Dominion Virginia Power Says River Protections Are Working

Dominion Virginia Power says the treatment of the water from coal ash ponds is producing excellent results at the Bremo Power Station and will do the same in Chesterfield.

As we reported yesterday (6/8), the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has released a draft permit for Dominion to dewater its coal ash storage pond at the Chesterfield Power Station.