From hard-hitting to heartwarming, Hometown Stories will guide you through the Blue Ridge Mountains and into the heart of Virginia. Hometown Stories is a production of WDBJ7-TV based in Roanoke, Virginia.
Hometown Stories Episode 46: Meet Hokie Head Coach Brent Pry
The man leading the Virginia Tech Hokies into battle this season isn't new to the field at all.
Head Coach Brent Pry made his first tour of Lane Stadium back in the 1990s.
Coach has been the boss for almost a year now and we figured it was time to pry back the layers and get to know Coach outside of work. In this episode of Hometown Stories, we chat with Coach Pry about everything from his pizza preferences to his chances at winning Survivor.
Hometown Stories Episode 45: Virginia Tech Librarian and royal expert reflects on the death of Britain's longest ruling monarch
Virginia Tech librarian who moonlights as an expert on the British monarchy admitted Thursday she wept as news broke that Britain’s longest ruling monarch had died.
Marlene Koenig has devoted her life to studying, understanding and writing about the royal family - drawn in after finding a book in the library on Queen Victoria when she was in middle school.
She works as a Librarian for Virginia Tech's Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center.
But she's authored books of her own and regularly updates her blog, Royal Musings.
We spoke with Koenig on the day of Queen Elizabeth the II's death.
And about her raw emotion as the historic 70-year reign came to an end.
Hometown Stories Episode 44: University of Lynchburg President Emeritus Recalls NASA Days
Dr. Kenneth Garren, who sometimes goes by Kenny G, is known for his tenure leading educational institutions in southwest and central Virginia.
But Garren also has a military career and a NASA Career under his belt, too.
As NASA works to launch phase 1 of the Artemis mission, Garren recalls his time working on Artemis' twin sister, Apollo.
Hometown Stories Episode 43 - Artemis I: NASA explains next step to Mars
NASA has sights set on human exploration of Mars. But before they run, they’ve got to walk and NASA leaders see the Moon as the perfect place for those baby steps. In this episode of Hometown Stories, a member of Artemis’ team at Kennedy Space Center details the plan to take us from Apollo to Artemis.
Hometown Stories Episode 42 - Travis Wells says Farewell: WDBJ7 Sports Director Embarks on New Career
Longtime WDBJ7 Sports Director Travis Wells says farewell to broadcast sports. He is about to embark on a new career with the Virginia Tech Hokie Football team. In this episode of Hometown Stories, we sit down with Wells to reflect on his impressive 27-year career and the exciting adventure that awaits him.
Hometown Stories Episode 41: Roanoke author Beth Macy looks for hope in new book 'Raising Lazarus'
After Roanoke based national bestselling author Beth Macy wrote Dopesick in 2018 - she was convinced she never wanted to write about the opioid crisis again. It was too frustrating, too depressing. But as she traveled the country, she found something that changed her mind: Hope.
Macy is launching her latest book, Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America's Overdose Crisis. She says it takes a look at the unique ways people are working to meet those with substance use disorder where they are and why it's working. In this episode of Hometown Stories, I chat with Macy about Raising Lazarus, the inspiration for its title and the hope she hopes we find in its pages. Our conversation originally appeared on the WDBJ7+ Digital News Desk.
Perfection, all the way around
From the ideas, to the writing, execution and editing, Leanna and Ben have turned Hometown Stories into a masterpiece.
You’ll learn something new in each episode and is an incredible extension of Your Hometown Station!
I highly recommend this podcast to anyone who appreciates great storytelling. This is a a high quality production and does a fantastic job of capturing the emotion of the stories being told.
Definitely a must-listen!