Wake Up Call
Weekdays 6:00 AM – 8:00 AM
James Cameron attended Queens College in New York. He studied in his late teens and early twenties with the Everyman theater ensemble. Mr. Cameron has over twelve years of on-air radio broadcasting experience and has worked with stations in New York, Philadelphia, Maryland, Virginia and Georgia. He has also worked for The Colonial Williamsburg Corporation as a storyteller and farm interpreter for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.
Weekdays 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Philip Newbery is originally from Axminster, Devon, England, and has lived in Williamsburg since 1995. He met and married his wife, the former Brook Levitt, in 1998. He has 3 grown daughters and 3 grandchildren, all living in England. In addition, to having lived in a musical environment at home in England, he performed in regional theater as well as in the local Operatic Society in non-musical roles. His father was a member of the Gray Newbery Band, and his mother studied at the Royal College of Music, later playing violin in the orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. When Philip moved to Williamsburg, he was asked to join The Smith Wade Band as their road technician, which kept him considerably up to speed in the world of music. Since joining WMBG and being the host of Morning Melodies, Philip has been honored to have received, to date, two Virginia Area Broadcasters Best Morning Show awards.
Mid-Morning Music Break
Weekdays 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Mark Rawlison is a 25 year radio broadcasting veteran. He brings to WMBG more fun, professional experience, and a zeal to help businesses succeed with their radio ad campaigns. “Radio advertising works when you do it right! You need someone to show you how it can make you more money. And NO! You don’t have to spend a lot.” Mark grew up in New York City listening to all of the big radio stations. He loved the jingles, the DJ’s, playing guitar and singing along with the songs. It stood to reason he just fell in love with radio. Out of high school, he went into the Marine Corps Reserve, did some college, then found out about the New School of Contemporary Radio in Albany, NY. He had so much fun there – it was incredible! A lot of studying and work, but fun. Twenty-five plus years later, Mark is still having fun and blessed to be doing something he enjoys.
Strolling Down Memory Lane
Weekdays 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Peter Natale has been in radio since 1970. He graduated from a New York college with a degree in Mass Communications – specializing in Radio, TV, and Theatre. His first stint in radio is what we call today “classic rock”. That was followed by a few years spinning Young Country, and finally he landed here at WMBG FM 97.7 / AM 740 with Adult Standards, or as he likes to call it, Nostalgia Radio! Locally, many of our listeners may know him for his work directing mega-musicals for The Williamsburg Players, The Peninsula Community Theatre in Newport News, and The Smithfield Little Theatre. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to WMBG. In addition to his weekday show, he is also the host on Saturday afternoons between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm, with Back to the Fifties, where he brings back the oldies and the sound of doo-wop.
The 60 Minute Squeeze
Weekdays 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Ty Hodges has worked in radio since 2009. Born and raised in Roanoke, VA, Ty went to college at Virginia Tech, where he started contributing to a sports show on Virginia Tech’s campus radio station, WUVT. Ty immediately fell in love with broadcasting and promptly changed his major from political science to communication and started pursuing his broadcast career. He worked for four different radio stations throughout college to pay the bills and pursued a journalism career in Williamsburg after graduating. After giving the journalism lifestyle a try, he decided to return to radio at WMBG FM 97.7 / AM 740. In addition to his afternoon radio shift, Ty now serves as the editor for AboutTheBurg.com, where he tells the stories of the people and businesses that make Williamsburg great.
The Drive Home
Weekdays 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Adam Richards hails from Canton, Ohio, where he excelled in sports at an early age. Adam attended Glen Oak H.S. where he continued to excel in sports. After H.S., he attended Kent State to play football. After college, Adam attended the Police Academy, and upon graduation, was in law enforcement for the next eight years. He continued his football career to a semi-professional team where he won a National Championship with the Virginia Crusaders. Wanting a change from corporate America, Adam joined WMBG FM 97.7 / AM 740. In addition to his afternoon show, he is also co-host of The Sports Roundup, heard each Thursday evening between 6:00 and 7:00 pm. He currently lives in Deltaville with his beautiful wife, Sara, and amazing sons, TJ and Alexander.
The Sunset Selection
Weeknights 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Jason Smith was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. He was introduced to a large variety of music at an early age which only grew. After graduating VCU with a creative advertising degree, he followed many bands in the jam music scene, creating t-shirt designs and clothing to support his love for great music. Music has always been a driver in his life, and when not at WMBG FM 97.7 / AM 740, he works as a marketing manager for the touring Irish dance and rock show Rockin’ Road To Dublin. Being the youngest member of the team, he prides himself with a wide range of musical knowledge and tastes. Often when you talk to him about working at WMBG, he calls it “A dream come true!”
End of the Day Countdown
Weeknights 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Brian Moricle, from Williamsburg, VA, is a graduate of Bruton High School. Shortly after graduation, he served six years in the United States Air Force. Recently, he earned a Bachelor’s degree from American Public University in Accounting. He was drawn to radio, and as fate would have it, in 2015 he ended up at WMBG FM 97.7 / AM 740. While working a full time job, he joined the station as an intern, learning the production aspects of radio and slowly gaining on-air experience, which landed him his late night slot.
The Sports Roundup
Thursday 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Bryan Hill serves as the James City County Administrator and Clerk to the Board of Supervisors. He began with the County in September 2014 after 7 years with Beaufort County, South Carolina, as Deputy County Administrator and as a budget analyst. Bryan has expertise in areas of finance and budgeting, human resources, and employee benefits, as well as supervising department managers. He received his Undergraduate Degree in Public Administration from Alfred University and his Masters from the University of Southern California. We welcome him to WMBG FM 97.7 / AM 740 and The Sports Roundup.
Sunday Morning Services
Vinetta graduated from Florida A & M University in 1971. For 19 years she worked at Bankers Trust in New York City in the Funds Transfer Department as an auditor & officer. Currently, Vinetta is a Bank Manager for the Hampton branch of Old Point National Bank. She has worked for WMBG FM 97.7 / AM 740 as a Gospel and Religious Broadcaster since 1987.