Wayne Bennett's Podcast explores the Appalachian Culture through music, sports, writing, and various positive venues.
Harold "Fish" Lilly stopped by to reminisce with Wayne about their days of playing youth football. Harold was quite the athlete in high school and playing men's softball. Listen to hear what Harold is still involved with at this time in his life! Great memories!
Matt Osborne, head wrestling coach at WWHS dropped by to discuss his team and what to expect this season. Time to Wrestle!
This is a replay of our Podcast for Thanksgiving 2021. To show how fast things can change in a moment of time, Bernard and James's Mother and Diana's Dad passed this year a few weeks apart. So, this Thanksgiving, hug your loved ones a little tighter and be grateful for the time you are sharing with the people you love. Both parents loved a good jok…
Listen as Larry Foster and Doug Leeber talk about the rebirth of the Beckley Babe Ruth and the charitable work of the Marshall University Alumni Association. Southern Coalfields at its Best!
Have we got the list for you! Compare your list with my list. Those who don't will remain listless!
Anthony Byrge has faced many obstacles in his life that most people won't experience. Check out his uplifting and inspirational interview. Hope you enjoy!
Back in 1975, I was part of Woodrow Wilson's English Department. We as a Faculty, were asked to come up with an eighteen-week mini class as part of the curriculum Because of some of the essays and my love of Edgar Allan Poe, I decided my class would be a mini class on Death and Dying. Intrigued? Listen to my Podcast to find out how I got started an…
James Sears has worn many hats in his lifetime, and most have been associated with coaching young athletes. Currently the Director of Operations at the Beckley Little League. Sears works countless hours to provide an incredible place for local kids to play America's Game-Baseball! Great interview!
A special tribute to my Father-in-law Virgil Pack, whose life was sprinkled with opportunities to play music at many different venues from living rooms, clubs and later in life at his home church! He loved to get together with friends to just have jam sessions and playing his bass with different bands throughout his long musical career. This podcas…
Dan discusses going to Nashville, playing guitar for the band Taylor Made and writing a song that made a big splash. It's a Quiet Kind of Crazy!
Beckley's own Dan Bailey has entertained us for almost sixty years playing lead guitar in a multitude of venues. Listen as he shares his experiences with groups like the Fabulous Red Barons, Taylor Made and Lady D and the Mission. Great Interview!
Chris has photographed icons like Jesse Jackson, Willie Nelson and Jerry Garcia, just to name a few. Listen as he shares his story and experiences taking pictures along with the lessons he learned from his dad, Mel Hancock. Awesome!
Episode 75: The Gambler- Wayne Bennett interviews James (Jamie) Wheeler and they discuss playing sports, military service and playing cards for a living. You don't want to miss this one!
Episode 74- Harry Perkowski, Shirley Donnelly, Okey Mills are some people you just don't forget. Wayne shares some memories of three gentleman who made an impression. Good listen!
Join us in our second interview with Bob Clay as he discusses more about his newspaper career and introduction to the World of Fly Fishing. Terrific Interview
Part 2 of the WWHS Class of 1967 50th Reunion has been edited and submitted for your listening enjoyment. Listen as 12 other classmates laugh, reminisce and enjoy the escapades of the good old days!
WWHS Class of 1967 55th Reunion. Join them as they laugh, reminisce and enjoy the good old days!
Bob Clay comes back home to share some memories from the town of Sophia, Beckley Newspapers, the Beckley Jaycees and much more. Join us for a great interview!
Frank Albanese: True Patriot An Italian immigrant who came to America in 1912 with just very little money. He quickly learned English and showed his love for our country in an unparallel manner. Touching!
Remember Tojo? Sherman the Shoeshine Man? the Salvation Army's, Ms. Esta? A few reflections of the beautiful people you would see in Uptown Beckley back in the day.
When Don McCallister's dad was injured in the mines the whole family pitched in to make ends meet. Join us as we listen to Don's story about growing up in East Beckley and the people who influenced him along the way. Inspiring!
They're back! After a six-month hiatus Bernard and James Bostick (aka. The Sheridan Avenue Gang) return to kick off Father's Day Week! Lots of Laughs. You'll love it!
Who exactly was Milburn "Cabbagehead" Meador? Did he really live in a cave? Was he hiding from someone? How did he die? Why are we talking about him almost 60 years after his death? Listen up and get the details!
The new director of the GEBO Golf tournament (the oldest golf invitational in WV) talks with Wayne about the history of the tourney and the people who have made it prosper. Good Listen!
Join us as Jerry discusses his role in the movie "Dirty Dancing" and teaching ballet in Russia. Feel the joy as he reflects on "his children" and "bringing the world" to Beckley, West Virginia!
The son of a coal miner, Jerry Rose has risen to be a true master in the Art of Dance. Listen as he shares his life experiences and events that have made him one of the most respected artists of our time.
Alicia Lett, daughter, wife, mother, and a National Distinguished Principal at Cranberry-Prosperity Elementary School talks to Wayne about growing up in a small rural community, Eccles, and setting goals for herself that have made her the outstanding leader that she is today. A great conversation! Enjoy!…
Diana Bennett along with some of her siblings, sits down with their mother, Margaret Pack and reminisces about raising 5 kids. She certainly deserves a medal!!!
Ever wonder how the YMCA got started? Who the first director was? How Mel Hancock got hired? Join Bob and Wayne as they discuss the formative years of the Beckley-Raleigh County YMCA. Cool Stuff!
Iconic, Bob Bolen Sr. former Director of the Raleigh County YMCA walks down memory lane with Wayne Bennett on this week's Podcast. Listen as they discuss Bob's early life experiences! Truly interesting!
Tim Justice is best described as humble, but extremely talented. Listen as we talk to this guy who was All-State in football, All-State (twice) in baseball and was state runner up in wrestling (twice). His honest and down to earth approach to life is very commendable.
One of the brightest and most talented athletes from Southern West Virginia, Lisa stopped by and discussed her basketball playing days at Shady Spring and Virginia Tech. Certainly an uplifting and educational interview.
Randy Hunt, a man that wears many hats. (Retired) WV Tax Supervisor, Realtor, Licensed Drone Pilot, Sunday School teacher and so much more. Listen to Wayne and Randy talk about growing up, his career choices, and his love of anything Detroit and Sophia.
An old friend stopped by today to talk. An original "Skelton Skull", Phil Honaker shares his memories of growing up around a coal camp, working in Real Estate and coaching young athletes. This is a very genuine and wholesome interview. You'll like it!
What better thing to do on a snowy day but to throw out some advice and suggestions that Brian Miluk and I have to make wrestling a little more fan friendly! Good food for thought!
The interview with Coach Barksdale concludes with his memories of helping coach Mountain State University during those Glory Years, a stint at Greater Beckley and returning to Woodrow Wilson as an assistant. Good Stuff!
Dave Barksdale talks about the fabulous 1990's. Eleven straight trips to the state tournament, five champions, two runners-up and a host of outstanding players!
Episode 54: Part 2 of Dave Barksdale's interview includes his days at Furman University, playing college ball with Bane Sarrett, meeting his wife Gelilah and so much more! You gotta listen!
In 2021, we talked about what kind of Valentine's Day we wanted to have but because of the snowstorm and the Pandemic we were unable to celebrate the way we wanted. But we made a promise to ourselves that 2022 would look a whole lot different! Enjoy our repodcast! Happy Valentine's Day!!
Dave Barksdale has coached basketball for more than fifty years. His teams have won numerous state titles and have competed on a national level. Most people describe him as legendary. But what kind of person is he? Get a close up look as he shares his life and what inspires him!
Award winning coach, Cliff Warden, returns to WV and stops by the house for a little chat. Listen as he talks about his life, some disappointments, and coaching the sport he loves!
Wayne and Bobby Sanger get together in our kitchen on this cold, wintery day to talk about family, sports, Faith Community Church and his near fatal accident.
Richard Jarrell,, a local Chick-Fil-A owner and genuine humanitarian, dropped by to see us. Listen as he sits and talks about growing up in Beckley and the major influences on his life. Join us as he shares his sincerest thoughts and experiences!
Coach Bob Bolen and Wayne Bennett continue their discussion. Bob shares his experience of starting a competitive college basketball program, winning a national championship and being named "Coach of the Year." A must listen!
Former Mt. State University basketball coach Bob Bolen stopped by to chat. Listen as he talks about his early days in basketball and influences that helped carve his award-winning career.
Wayne, Diana and Jeremy Bennett share a few memories about Christmas traditions of the Bennett family! Enjoy!
James and Bernard Bostick drop by to spread a little Christmas cheer on Episode 46. Listen as they share Holiday experiences while growing up in Beckley. Lots of Laugh!
Oak Hill's Wrestling Coach, David Vincent, braved the snowy weather to visit us today. We talked about wrestling, life, and growing up in Marion County. Good Times!
The award-winning Gary Fauber, sports editor for the Beckley-Register Herald, stopped by today. Listen as he shares stories about his family, career, pastimes and dedication to God. It's all on Wayne Bennett's Podcast!
Albert "Chubby" Hughes lived in the 1950's and 1960's when racism and bias were at its peak. As a black child, all he wanted to do was play ball. Listen as he shares his story of the encounters and choices he had to make. Great Interview!