Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 27, 2009

‘Snoop’ enshrined

BLUEFIELD — He was known to legions of his fans as the lovable Sheriff Snoop of the enormously popular “Snoop and Scoop” shows on WHIS-TV, but the late E. Ray Brooks was far more complex than the character he immortalized on local TV. On Sept. 26, Brooks will be inducted posthumously into the West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

“I could tell when I spoke with Mrs. (Sue) Brooks on the phone, that this meant a lot to her,” Tom Resler, chairman of the hall of fame committee said. “Really, it was Jackie Oblinger who brought our attention to Ray.”

Oblinger, the host of “A Woman’s Whirl” on WHIS-TV, who moved to Charleston and hosted similar programs on WCHS-TV, was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2008. “This is our fourth year of adding members to the hall of fame,” Resler said. “We have inducted 116 individuals so far. We’ll be taking Ray Brooks and another 16 into the hall this year. The event has turned into a reunion of sorts, for all of these broadcasting pioneers.”

Brooks, who passed away on Jan. 27, 2008, at the age of 77, was a devoted family man who was active at Edgemont Baptist Church, where he was a charter member, and an accomplished graphic artist who captured the essence of background scenery in the early days of broadcast television, but also donated his talents by creating logos for both the Graham and Bluefield high school sports teams.

He was a gifted musician who was equally comfortable and skilled playing drums, bass guitar or piano, and he was a good athlete who organized the “Basket Bums” and “Baseball Bums,” teams of local radio and television celebrities that barn-stormed throughout the area to help a myriad of charitable agencies meet their fundraising goals. After his playing days were over, he helped others by serving on the board of the Bluefield Baseball Club, creating the G-Star and Beaver “B,” announcing BHS football games at Mitchell Stadium and serving as chairman three years and performing on the March of Dimes Teleramas on WHIS-TV.

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