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Barry Graham

Barry Graham

Host, Pickin' and Acoustic Highway

Barry Graham used to arrive at WHRO with a briefcase full of papers and lesson plans. For 32 years he taught US and Virginia Government in the Virginia Beach Public Schools. While teaching was always his first love, radio was a close second. While attending Old Dominion, Barry was program director at WODU, the college radio station. After graduating, he came to WHRO as an overnight announcer. Originally intending to stay on only while completing graduate school, he was soon hooked on Public Radio and today is the senior announcer on WHRV. In 2001, Barry earned his Ph.D in Urban Studies by writing a history of WHRO and analyzing its impact upon local education, policy and cultural arts organizations.

After retiring from teaching in 2016, Barry came on board full time as the mid-day host and producer of the Educationally Speaking and Writer's Block podcasts. He also crafts the Sunday evening folk music programming and hosts both Pickin' on WHRV and Acoustic Highway. When not at the station, Barry enjoys experiencing city life by kicking around his Ghent neighborhood.

Explore Barry's programs.