Wharff promoted to news director

WMOA President Johnny Wharff announced the promotion of Brett Wharff to News Director of WMOA Radio. “Brett has been with the radio station since November of last year, and brings us a honest flair to our local news, and some really unique color to our dayparts. He is embedded in the community, and seeks stories that are compelling and of local interest, we are fortunate to have him.” Brett has served as news reporter and morning producer and has encompassed and embraced the role as news director. “What we do is important to a lot of people, Johnny Wharff said, “Brett has connected with our listeners and continues to develop key contacts in the community. We know our job is to entertain our listeners, and provide useful and often critical information. Brett brings a fresh approach to our programming which even after 70 years continues to evolve, while still staying true to its original mission to serve the community.”

Brett is the son of Craig and Cheryl Wharff and has been in radio since 2008 when he worked as a board operator for WMOA when he was still in high school. Brett studied Digital Media/Broadcast Journalism at Washington State Community College, and prior to returning to WMOA in November 2016, was morning show host for WOMI in Owensboro, Ky. Since 2013. Aside from hosting the morning show, Brett did remotes, produced a blog, handled production and participated in special event coverage. Brett also owns and operates Wharff-Air Productions which offers audio and video editing for various clients around the country. “His experience in the changing business landscape, allows us to expand our social media outreach, create some ‘on the scene’ stories on our digital platforms,” Johnny Wharff said, “and reach folks in many different ways. Obviously, radio and specifically WMOA is the core of our business, but the idea that people can now listen anywhere in the world at any time via the WMOA 1490 app, opens up many opportunities to grow our brand.”

WMOA celebrates its 70th year as Marietta’s local radio station which started in a garage in Williamstown, WV., later moved to the basement of the Lafayette Hotel, followed by a short stint in the Citizens Bank Building in the 50’s before moving to its current location on Harmar Hill in Marietta. The station was purchased by ‘Big John’ Wharff (Brett’s grandfather) in 1985, and by Johnny Wharff (Brett’s uncle) in 1997. “it’s definitely in the blood”, Johnny Wharff said, “I’ve had so many listeners tell me Brett sounds like me on the radio, and that is quite a compliment because he’s easy to listen to, he extends positive energy and has elevated our news department and morning show.”