Lew Dobbins, radio personality and author of “Behind the Microphone”, will be holding a meet and greet book signing at Appalachian Glass and Gift in Weston, on Saturday, March 18, from noon until 2 p.m.
Dobbins was born on September 23, 1948 in Weston to parents Woodrow and Gladys Dobbins. He has two siblings Jackie and Linda.
Dobbins was a 1966 graduate of Jane Lew High School and raised on a farm on McCann’s Run in Lewis County.
Dobbin’s began his broad casting career by passing an exam that permitted him to be able to do on-air broadcasting in Baltimore, Maryland. This exam is no longer required and stopped in the 1980s.
Dobbin’s first job was in TV with WDTV (channel 5) in Weston as a live booth announcer and then became an anchor.
His first radio job was a rock n roll station called 1340 AM at WHAR.
Dobbins interviewed many people in his career in broadcasting including : World Wrestling Federation (WWF) Champion Sammartino, Charlie Daniels, Conway Twitty, Faron Young and Mel Street.
Dobbins was a poetry and song writer his entire life. He eventually had a writing contact with Hubert Long International based out of Nashville.
In 1968, he broadcasted a show from the Weston State Hospital now known as the Trans-Alleghney Lunatic Asylum (TALA), for the patients who loved his show.
Dobbins career spanned radio, television and he even worked for Pepsi-Cola at one point in time.
“I am very excited [about the meet and greet], it will be like an old home day, Saturday March 18, at Appalachian Glass,” said Dobbins.