By Kelly Martin
Bethany Mowry Venable is back behind the microphone in Ohio University's WOUB-FM studio, and she couldn't be happier. Venable has joined the station as one of four public radio announcers.
If her voice sounds familiar, that's because Venable could be heard frequently on WOUB radio during her college years. She graduated from the Scripps College of Communication in 2006 with a bachelor of science in journalism.
"I found that my experiences working with WOUB gave me a huge advantage in the workplace," she said. "I truly got a taste of all aspects of the field of journalism."
Venable and her husband, Sam, recently relocated to Athens from Chattanooga, Tenn., where she worked as a reporter for a CBS television affiliate. Her desire to get closer to family and also to work with students -- as WOUB staffers worked with her -- were driving factors in her return.
"The position as radio announcer will enable me to mentor students and give them the same experiences that I obtained while working here," Venable said. "I hope to help students stretch their wings and learn."
What's her best advice for students working at WOUB? "Dabble in different things and learn from your mistakes. It's the best way to grow as a journalist."
In addition to working with students, Venable is looking forward to getting involved in the community.
"Athens is such a great community, and I'm thrilled to be back," she said, mentioning the Athens Farmers Market and Athens International Film + Video Festival as being on her radar these days. "This is such an awesome small town. The culture is unique. It's something you can't find in a larger town."
Venable can be heard afternoons and weekends on the WOUB Radio Network, which includes WOUB-FM, Athens; WOUC-FM, Cambridge; WOUH-FM, Chillicothe; WOUL-FM, Ironton; and WOUZ-FM, Zanesville. The other announcers are Mark Hellenberg, Chris Riddle and Rusty Smith.