Flash! Virginia Communications Hall of Fame Inducts Editor
Harwood came to Virginia as a student at Washington and Lee in 1970 and decided to stay. He began working in broadcasting as a student, and continues to produce a show called The Anti-Headache Machine for W&L's radio station. It's arguably one of the longest-running non-syndicated shows produced live by the same person in the country. After graduating, he worked for a Waynesboro radio station, became news director, then began the local news department at WREL in Lexington. He left that job and began working as the editor for the Buena Vista News, stayed there for a dozen years, then started the Rockbridge Advocate in 1992. He is the editor, publisher, etc. Throughout his career in Rockbridge County, he has broken the news of nearly every local scandal. He has a reputation for meticulous research, and for not being intimidated by anyone, from the Klan to prominant local politicians and institutions. And he has unearthed a wealth of historical information that hasn’t been seen before, ranging from swindles to a remarkable and completely forgotten trial that challenged the very institution of slavery.
This is the home page of The Rockbridge Advocate,
a fine little news magazine based in a fine little portion of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. You will find very little from the magazine on this page - why give away what we sell? Then again, you will find very
little from this page in the magazine.
Rockbridge Advocate subscription (US or International) is a dandy gift,
guaranteed to deliver not only the news, but also humor,
delight and confusion throughout the year.
What better holiday gift could there be, to bring delight to your favorite person, or to needle your least favorite?
If your electronic wanderlust got you this far, you might be interested
in a fine description of a
battle the Rockbridge Militia fought against the British in the American Revolution, written by Odell McGuire and
published in the Advocate in December of 1995. (History is big in
Rockbridge County, especially the War
Between the States.) Odell also described an invention of his called
the Slidewhistle Mousetrap for
the magazine in April 1993.You could also find out a bit about our colleges,
or our mountains.
You may also be interested in the "global
village" virtually erected in honor of our actual village, or the
pages of the Rockbridge
Regional Library or Lexington photos.
We are stubbornly provincial, even as we concede that a few things might happen outside of Rockbridge County. The example of our hero has stimulated us to contemplate bold new ventures - maybe a sister
publication in another fertile locale.
"When journalists start
to feel smug, they should remember that the last newspaperman elected
as president was Warren Harding."
"The trouble with this business is nobody gets drunk anymore"
AWARDS Although the
Advocate's publisher is not
in the habit of entering contests, he did one year just
for the heck of it and won 1997
awards from the Virginia Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. First place,
Editorial writing; Critique: Funny, sharp, enjoyable writing style
mixes well with strong local coverage. These pieces stand out. Second place,
In-depth or investigative reporting; Subject: Trust lawyer. Critique: Good descriptions and easy-to-follow chronicle of a complex
If you like this page,
you might like the magazine. If you would like a free sample, send
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send $35 ($50 international) to P.O. Box 70, Lexington,
Va. 24450, or click the button below for web orders.
For the last 40 years (going on 41 next October, but who's counting), the editor has hosted a
pioneering radio program called The Anti-Headache Machine every other
Saturday night (it keeps him off the streets) on WLUR-FM, Lexington. The
show airs from 8 PM until midnight, except when the station bumps
it to broadcast a W&L basketball game. Through the wonders of the
internet, the mostly vinyl music show (no news, no chat, no format, no
requests) can now be heard by
all the ships at sea.
Forum - Lively electronic discussion
over any news that's fit to chat about. Do not click on this unless
you are very, very brave.