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Jeff Miller Web Pages History of WWNR, Beckley http://jeff560.tripod.com/
Robert Bruce Harvit, formerly of Beckley and Williamson, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2008, at the age of 70 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami, where he resided. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ann and Edward Harvit of Beckley, and a brother, Harold Harvit of Williamson. Bob was born in Beckley and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, where he was a member of the Flying Eagle football team. Bob began his illustrious broadcasting career while he was still in high school, working as an announcer at WWNR in Beckley. After attending West Virginia University, Bob returned to WWNR to resume his career in broadcasting as an announcer and a sales manager. In 1966, Bob became the owner of WBTH in Williamson. He eventually expanded that facility, formed Harvit Broadcasting and owned several stations in West Virginia (White Sulphur Springs, Montgomery and Fairmont), as well as Kentucky and Indiana. Bob was very active in the Williamson community. During the Tug River flood in 1977, Bob kept WBTH on the air and served as the focal point for emergency information. He served on the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Broadcasters Association and was twice elected as the boardâ€s president. In 1977, Bob earned the associationâ€s Mel Burka Distinguished Broadcaster Award, which recognizes the organizationâ€s most outstanding broadcaster. In 2007, Bob was inducted into the West Virginia Broadcasters Hall of Fame. After contracting multiple sclerosis, Bob was forced to decrease his broadcasting activities. He eventually sold his radio stations and moved to Miami Beach, although his love for West Virginia remained strong, and he returned to his home state as frequently as he could. Bob will be remembered as a dedicated businessman and loving family member who inspired those who knew him with his courage, ceaseless zest for life and grand sense of humor. Bobâ€s survivors include his wife, Wilda Harvit; daughter and son-in-law, Kathe and Peirce Whitt of Williamson; sister and brother-in-law, Rita and Nemo Nearman of Charleston; nephew, Bill Harvit and his wife, Pam, of Charleston; niece, Lynn Kuhn and her husband, Don, of Charlotte, N.C.; sister-in-law, Gloria Harvit of Charlotte; nephew, Merrill Nearman and his wife, Sandy, of Boca Raton, Fla.; niece, Polly Nearman Greene of Baltimore, Md.; and nephew, Henry Nearman and his wife, Tammy, of Charleston. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to local humane societies in tribute to Bob’s strong lifelong love for animals, to a hospice organization or to any charity in Bob’s honor. A memorial/celebration of Bob’s life will be announced later.
For more on historical facts, visit Jeff Miller's website. He has painstakingly taken the time to scan hundreds of photos. What must be called a true labor of love.
Please, follow this link http://jeff560.tripod.com/beckley.html to see the History of Beckley and Raleigh County.