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Owen Hall in the WMVA Radio Studio
Owen Hall was news director of WMVA from December 1968 until his death in January 1990. My siblings and I are always pleased to hear from folks who remember him as a newsman or even as "Santa Claus" reading letters from local children. We knew him as a wonderful father and the greatest Granddad our kids could ask for. Owen Hall, son - 2009

Reader (IP Address: Comment: Thanks for sharing a really good photo of a very fine man and expert, highly principled newsman. Also a really good father-in-law to my daughter and especially loved and loving grandfather to my grandsons. A Virginia Grammy, 2009

Reader (IP Address: Comment: Owen was a warm and loving big brother. He left us 'way too soon. from 'little' Sis Ann

Reader (IP Address: Comment: Our Daddy and our beautiful mom Billie married when they were seventeen and struggled every day to provide for the five of us. We didn't have money but we were so rich - we never had a moment that we did not know we were loved beyond measure. Their greatest legacy is that we, their children carry on the tradition of unconditional Love for family and friends. His "Green Eyed Monster" Susan

Reader (IP Address: Comment: Having known Mr.Hall most of my life you could never have found a more sincere man who loved his family and friends. A humble great man who will never be forgotten by me and his wife Billy a true lady they are both missed by family and friends. Dave Gilbert

I wanted to send you my thoughts regarding photo #649, a photo of Owen Hall who was news director for WMVA radio for many years:

I was born in 1972, so, in the mid to late 70's, I would send a letter to Santa Claus to be read on WMVA radio before Christmas. The experience of being a child during the Christmas season listening to Santa read my letter on the radio was magical. I cannot express with words what a wonderful vision I had in my mind while hearing Santa's voice reading my letter. I'm 40 years old now and every time I hear the classic Boston Pops Orchestra version of Sleigh Ride, which was the theme song played for the Letters to Santa segment back in the day, I instantly remember being that small child, huddled beside the radio. My memory of it has not dimmed. It fills me with warmth and just a touch of sorrow for what we have lost over the years. I know who the voice of Santa was. Owen Hall will always be part of a very special Christmas memory that I will always cherish. I can only wonder if he ever knew how much joy he gave?

Most sincerely,
Christopher David Lawson
Martinsville, VA

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