It’s funny. There are those moments in time that you know will require the question in the future “where were you when”? Where were you when Kennedy was shot? Where were you when the Challenger Exploded? Where were you when you learned of the Columbine shootings? Where were you during 9-11?
The COVID-19 pandemic is not just one of those moments, it is a wave of moments; parts of which we have not yet seen. Over the last few weeks, I’ve heard several people say that they should take pictures of empty streets, closed businesses, and gasoline signs to capture what’s happening. My comment to them has been that The Telegram is already doing that for me.
That’s what newspapers do. They are recorders of history. In my dad’s attic are copies of the Plain Dealer with D-Day Headlines and copies of The Ohio State Lantern with pictures from when the National Guard was on campus and the Kent State shooting made headlines. I’ve been saving every copy of the Telegram since the middle of March so that my kids will have a history of these moments. They will be able to show their children what life was like in Southern Ohio during the pandemic of 2020.
At the Telegram, we have been providing free, up-to-date information on our website and on social media about what is happening in our communities during this time. We feel it is important that we keep readers informed during this time of uncertainty. Our staffers are working tirelessly to bring you the news as it is happening as a public service. We will continue to do this until this is all over with. But we need your help.
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Amanda Crabtree was named General Manager of Total Media in 2017. A graduate of Jackson High School and Ohio Northern University, Amanda spent 18 years working for local organizations in HR and Marketing before joining Total Media. She and her husband, HD, live in Jackson where they’ve raised their four boys. Amanda is an active volunteer in the Jackson community
Telegram Editor Pete Wilson has lived in Jackson most of his life and is a product of Jackson High School and Ohio University. He has been involved in local newspapers and/or radio his entire professional life, beginning with an assignment as sports editor of the Jackson newspapers his senior year in high school (1972-73). He has worked continuously in local/area media since 1972 for a total of 48 years. All of his career has been in Jackson County except for a seven-year stint (1978-85) as editor of The Pike County News-Watchman. He has been the editor of five different Jackson-based newspapers, most recently The Telegram. He has led or been part of the radio news through Jackson County Broadcasting since 2000 and has been a member of the radio broadcasting team for Jackson High School sports since 1980. In the Ohio Newspaper Association’s annual contest for weekly newspapers, The Telegram has been a five-time winner of the contest’s top award — Newspaper of the Year, which was previously known as the General Excellence Award.
John Pelletier, Total Media’s General Sales Manager, has been a part of the broadcasting and marketing industries for over 50 years. John and his wife Connie reside in Wellston and are very active in supporting their community. John and Connie have five children and twelve grandchildren.
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A Ross county transplant from Frankfort, Matt got his start in radio as a board operator for WBEX/WKKJ in Chillicothe while in high school. He earned his BA in broadcast communications and ministry from Indiana Wesleyan University where he was the assistant manager and Promotions director for the campus station WIWU, “the Fortress.” After graduation he worked in college admissions and ministry and returned to the radio world in 2007 at Q100 in Pensacola, FL where he was the production assistant and morning show producer (local content). He also hosted a weekly public affairs show on Cumulus sister station WCOA. After moving back to Jackson in 2008 he began working with Total Media in the summer of 2009 and has been on staff since then. most recently he assumed hosting duties on the morning show on WKOV in August of 2019. When not working at the station he has been known to do stand up comedy, emcee a concert, serve as a fountain of useless knowledge in trivia competitions and do pretty much anything else he can do to get a laugh. he and his wife Megan live in Jackson and manage a small zoo that is made up of their three daughters, 2 dogs, and a cat, as well as the countless dust bunnies that seem to migrate on a regular basis through their house.
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