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.

 

Virginia Public Access Project

Tourism in Southwest Virginia is about to get a boost.  And state officials are monitoring a spike in reported losses of White Oak trees.

Virginia Public Access Project

While some Virginia counties have declared themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuaries” to show support for gun rights, there are others who prefer to make their statement without going quite so far.  And people who live in Martinsville and Danville will soon have new travel connections to other parts of Virginia.

Virginia Public Access Project

The honor system doesn't seem to be working very well for a new public transit line. And one of the last localities in Virginia with an unpaid school board has decided to compensate members.

Virginia Public Access Project

Despite years of effort, many places in the Virginia coalfields are still struggling to rebuild their economies.  And the city of Martinsville is considering becoming a town, which is causing some apprehension in surrounding Henry County.

Virginia Public Access Project

Some graduating students at Washington and Lee University would like an alternate version of the school's traditional diploma.  And in the era of long and expensive political campaigns, one in Virginia lasted an hour and cost nothing.

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