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Founder/President of Royal Broadcasting
Andrew Shearer is a Pennsylvania native who began his radio career in 1983 at his college radio station at Lock Haven University. Broadcasting was his 4th college major (computer science, math, chemistry came before) but it was the one that ignited his passion and allowed him to serve his community, a hallmark of Shearer’s entire 40+ years in radio.
His first commercial (paid!) radio job was at WBPZ in Lock Haven, PA starting in the spring of 1984. Shearer spent time in State College, PA, Harrisburg, PA, and Philadelphia before stepping out on his own to form Royal Broadcasting in April 2000, with the intent of purchasing WZRV (The River 95.3) & WFTR (Fox Sports 1450). It’s at these stations where his desire to be a part of a community has thrived.
Andrew enjoys working with a committed staff of professionals who take things as seriously as he does when it comes to serving the market, but still enjoy the sillier side of life. An avid runner, Andrew pairs his running shoes with a suit for every meeting.
His favorite social media? Why, face-to-face, of course!
vice president of royal Broadcasting
Mike has spent more than 40 years in the radio business. He started as a part-time DJ in his hometown of Beckley, West Virginia to earn a few extra dollars while going to college. His father is in the West Virginia Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame and it’s him that Mike credits for his getting into the business; though he says he tried to talk him out of it.
Mike served as the General Manager for Royal Broadcasting moving on a few years ago to a new career with Edward Jones. He also serves as emcee for the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival Sports Breakfast.
In 1988 Kathy was looking for a career change when a friend told her WFTR was hiring. She interviewed with Kemp Miller and the rest is history.
It’s usually Kathy’s voice you hear when you call the station. She answers your question, finds your phone numbers and takes your information for public service announcements. Her voice might be as well-known as those of our on-air personalities! She loves her job and her family of co-workers at Royal Broadcasting.
Married to her husband Lloyd, Kathy has 3 grown daughters and some beautiful grandbabies.
Account Executive & Host of The Wake-Up Crew Morning Show
From the time Randy was 10 years old, re-creating Washington Senators’ games into a small tape recorder and listening to the late-night legends on AM radio, he knew he wanted to be in front of a microphone. 54 years later, Randy is still in front of a microphone, as host of “Randy & The Wake-Up Crew” on The River 95.3.
That journey has included stops in his hometown of Martinsburg (WV), Williamsport (MD), and for the last 40 years, the Winchester (VA) market. After 16 years as a Country DJ and Program Director, Randy found his radio home at WZRV & WFTR, playing “The Valley’s Greatest Hits.”
Randy is also an award-winning sports broadcaster, having called 5 VHSL State Football Championship games, and over 200 local college football games. For his play-by-play work, Randy has been honored by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters and Associated Press on multiple occasions.
Away from the studio, Randy has rediscovered his passion for running, and in 2023 ran his first half-marathon, followed by his second one a few months later. He’s still trying to master the game of golf, and enjoys the “mountain life” with his bride of almost 33 years, and his dogs Lilly and Biscuit. Although an “empty-nester,” Randy still loves going to movies, concerts, and the DC Auto Show with his son Christopher.
Since 1974 Scott Bradley has worked in radio, even though he did not intend to. He just didn’t want to get busted for trespassing way back in ’74. Through those years, Scott has worked from one end of the Shenandoah Valley to the other and beyond, including Washington DC. Spending time in radio in Virginia and West Virginia from Frederick, Berkeley, Prince William, Prince George, Shenandoah, Warren, and Page Counties.
Through the years, Scott has made a lot of friends and has gotten involved in dozens of non-profit organizations, from C-CAPs to Habitats to festivals. And as Scott tells it, he has never felt more involved with the communities than he has been as News Director of the River 95.3 and Fox Sports 1450. He has made very good friends with and worked with so many movers and shakers, bringing them on the air to tell their stories on the station’s weekday newsmaker segments. “It has been very rewarding to finally connect with and truly serve the communities in such a way after 50 years”, according to Scott.
Administrative Assistant & host of the midday boost
Don’t let that afternoon slump get to you! Join me Genesis Henry for your Mid-Day Boost.
At 1 o’clock you’ll hear every #1 hit from every artist, through every decade on your #1@1.
Followed by only the best music from the 70’s and 80’s on through the 90’s and early 2000’s to keep you boosted for the rest of your afternoon!
Air instruments are not only welcomed, but encouraged.
So come join me for your Mid-Day Boost every week day between 12 something and 2!
If a boost is needed outside of normal business hours, click here.
Host of The Valley Today
After appearing for several years as a recurring guest on The Valley Today, Janet took over as it’s host in May 2016. In November 2023, she celebrated her 2000th consecutive episode and is working her way to 2,633.
Janet’s favorite thing about hosting the show is learning something new every single day from her guests. Her enthusiasm and curiosity make her a natural interviewer that immediately puts guests at ease making for an interesting and entertaining conversation.
Janet is married to Tim with one son Josh, a stepson Dylan, and two “pandemic puppies.”
Janet is also the owner of Java Media, a social media and marketing firm, with 25 years of experience developing successful marketing & advertising campaigns. Java Media provides social media training and workshops for small business owners as well as social media management, oversight & evaluation as well as podcast production.
Operations Manager & Host of the Afternoon Traffic Jam
Jersey Shore Area High School in Jersey Shore, PA. It’s mid-May 1979 as Lonnie and a classmate walk across the gym floor discussing their plans after graduation. The classmate tells Lonnie that he was going to a local college to learn how to be a DJ. Lonnie, not having a clue what he was going to do after graduation, said “that sounds like it might be fun” and joined his friend that August. The classmate dropped out after the first year and joined the National Guard where he became a helicopter pilot, but Lonnie stuck it out and became a pilot of the airwaves.
There have been several four-letter jobs since that August including WWAS, WJSA, WRAK, WKSB, WFTR, WZRV, WMJR, WUSQ, and back at WZRV where he’s been since 2004.
In addition to his work with Royal Broadcasting, Lonnie has done voice work for numerous radio stations across the country, the Department of State and narrations for various companies including ShopVac.
Technology has made some positive and negative changes in the radio business. On a positive note, it’s a lot easier to do a live on-air shift. On the negative side, that same technology has eliminated many local on-air positions. Lonnie is happy that the ownership of Royal Broadcasting understands and is committed to “local” radio and continues to have live, local voices on the air.
Lonnie is married to Carrie, and they have three boys and a daughter. (in-law) Levi is the youngest, Evan is the middle child and Mason, the oldest, is married to Sky. Lonnie and Carrie host the History With The Hills podcast.
When he’s not at the radio station Lonnie enjoys using the wood from old pallets to make new creations. Although not active currently, Lonnie is a licensed pilot. He also dabbles in music, playing guitar and bass. Carrie and Lonnie are members of New Hope Bible Church in Front Royal. Visit on Sunday mornings at 9:30 and you may catch Lonnie on stage playing with the worship band.
You can check out his YouTube playlist full of songs that he listens to when he’s not “on the clock.”
Kemp grew up on the Elizabeth River between Portsmouth and Norfolk. Boating was always a summer “thing” along with lots and lots of trips to Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks. Boating made him aware of changes in the weather and along with his grandmother’s weather lore, he became more and more interested in the science behind it.
It wasn’t until he became General Manager of Straus Communications in Virginia that he signed up for the Broadcast Meteorology program at MSU that he jumped in feet first. About the time he was completing his coursework, WFTR-AM/FM’s meteorologist Gordon Barnes (of Channel 9 fame) announced he was leaving the area. So in December of 1988, Kemp became our weather forecaster. “It keeps me connected to the stations and I can’t sleep anyway”, Kemp says.
Almost two years ago, Kemp began the Weatherwise podcast which is available at TheRiver953.com. “Our quickly changing climate is a concern to me”, Kemp says, “and the podcast has given me the chance to keep up with the changes in technology and the possible impacts on our lives”.
Kemp and Sally live near Bryce Resort in southern Shenandoah County with their 7 dogs and several adopted raccoons and bears. They are the proud parents of three grown children and grandparents to eight grandchildren.
Sportscaster / news assistant
Ryan began his broadcasting career at his alma mater, James Madison University, where he provided play-by-play and color commentary for Division-I baseball and men’s and women’s basketball. He got his first taste of radio on ESPN-WHBG where he provided reports on CAA athletics. He helped hone his on-air skills while podcasting and through additional opportunities with the Valley Baseball League’s Front Royal Cardinals and Winchester Royals.
Ryan’s passion for local athletics enters the airwaves on The River 95.3 and Fox Sports Radio 1450 with broadcasts of high school football, basketball, and Little League baseball. You can also hear him on the Sports Dogs Podcast, News At Noon, Education Watch, and every Thursday morning at 8:20 with Randy and the Wake-Up Crew for Stump the Duke.
Off-air, he uses his creativity and community-centric background to help local organizations and businesses utilize radio to reach their goals.
When he’s not in the booth, you can find him in the lawn at your favorite concert venue or watching too many sports in his man cave!