Fred Echols

WVTF/RADIO IQ News Host, Producer and Reporter

Fred Echols is a long time member of the WVTF/RADIO IQ news department and produces news content as well as public affairs programs. Fred's career in broadcasting began in North Carolina's Triad before switching from commercial radio where he'd held numerous positions including program director to hosting public radio programming at WVTF.

 

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Virginia Public Access Project
7:46 am
Mon January 12, 2015

VaNews: Composting Roadkill, Hookah Smoke Banned

Virginia is following the lead of several other states and looking to get some use out of roadkill...and smoking has been declared illegal inside a Blacksburg hookah lounge.  

Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link.

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The Bottom Line
5:19 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Buena Vista's Debt Dilemma Serves as a Lesson

A decision made a decade ago by the city of Buena Vista created a debt load that city leaders now call insurmountable. It's a situation that might well serve as an object lesson for other localities in Virginia. 

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Virginia Public Access Project
7:28 am
Mon January 5, 2015

VaNews: Surprise Pearl, Mysterious Humming

A woman in Virginia Beach found out pearls really do turn up in clams now and then....and a mysterious humming noise in Greene County remains unexplained. 

Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link.

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In Debt and Out of Options
6:39 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Buena Vista: A City in Trouble

The City of Buena Vista has a loan payment due on January 15, a payment it does not intend to make. What will happen after that is unknown at present but one possible result is that local government officials and the police department will receive eviction notices. A look at a financial crisis in this Blue Ridge city of 7,000 residents that's been in the making for more than a decade. 

       

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Virginia Public Access Project
8:30 am
Mon December 22, 2014

VaNews: Transgender Restrooms, Aging Dams

The Gloucester County School Board has ruled that students must use restrooms that match their biological gender. The board says it will provide alternative restrooms for a transgendered student....and aging earthen dams in Virginia are raising safety concerns. 

Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link.

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