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Local artist Ora Anderson featured on WOUB's 'Afternoon Edition'

ATHENS, Ohio (Aug. 6, 2003) -- There is something new trickling over the airwaves every Wednesday afternoon and WOUB-FM listeners can tune in during "Afternoon Edition" with host John Ray to find storytelling at its finest. Each Wednesday around 4:12 p.m., "Afternoon Edition" features local artist Ora Anderson reminiscing about days gone by.

Ora Anderson (seated) with John Ray
Ora Anderson (seated) with John Ray
Originally from Cattletsburg, Ky., Anderson has led an interesting life and is now sharing his memories with listeners from all over southeastern Ohio, western West Virginia and eastern Kentucky. Stories featured on the program range from early 1900 herbal remedies and how the times have changed since the "early days," to humorous stories about Anderson's career with the Ohio Bankers Association. Each story is told in a soothing voice with grace and wit and offers listeners an opportunity to step back in time. Anderson brings humor, intelligence and history to his storytelling while describing nature in a captivating manner.

John Ray has known Anderson for years and invited the eastern Kentucky native to the WOUB Radio studios last April. "I knew he had some interesting stories to tell and I was looking for commentary, so I contacted him. He was very accepting and the response from listeners has been really, really good," he said. Ray also mentioned he has received a number of calls from listeners wanting to know more about Anderson.

At 91 years of age, Anderson is busier than most people, as he also carves birds out of native Bass wood. Since childhood, he has always been an avid bird watcher and has traveled the world over in search of various types of birds. Spending at least 15 hours a week on his craft, Anderson has set a goal for himself to carve at least one bird per week.

In reference to his radio debut on "Afternoon Edition" Anderson said, "You cannot imagine how lucky I am to have hobbies like this. How much longer I can continue is not important. I love people and I just love to be doing this." "Afternoon Edition" with host John Ray airs weekdays at 4 p.m. and features state and local news, sports, and features. For more information, visit the WOUB Web site at www.woub.org

The Ohio University Telecommunications Center, a unit of the College of Communication, operates two television stations -- WOUB-TV/Channel 20 in Athens and WOUC-TV/Channel 44 in Cambridge -- one cable channel -- WOUB II -- and six radio stations -- WOUB-1340 AM, WOUB-91.3 FM, WOUC-89.1 FM, WOUH-91.9 FM, WOUL-89.1 FM and WOUZ-90.1 FM.

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Contact: WOUB Public Information Coordinator Olivea Oldham, (740) 593-4944 or Olivea_Oldham@woub.pbs.org, or Senior Radio Producer John Ray, (740) 593-4925

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