WTRF Gives Back to Local Community


The Wheeling YWCA does a tremendous amount of work throughout the year, helping thousands of women. However, it had been at least six years since they had time to stop and paint the walls. So we took care of that for them.

She’s a great general sales manager, but is Lauren Hersey a good painter?

“No, no, I’m a terrible painter. I was just saying I was trying to get brushes at Lowe’s and not very good at picking things out,” said Hersey.

Does 7News anchor Rachael Dierkes have experience paintbrush?

“Absolutely none,” said Dierkes. “My skills have been questioned prior to sitting down and picking up a brush but I think I’m doing just great. I’m doing a little trim work today. I’ve painted my nails once or twice.”

Chief Engineer Brad Stanford keeps us on the air, but can he paint?

“Well, DK as you know I’m a master painter. However, I hate painting. But when it comes for a charitable cause like this, I’m all for it,” said Stanford.

“Try to keep it simple. Paint on the wall, not on yourself, stuff like that,” said Mike Johnson.

Producer Paige Madden has a family tie with the Y.

“So when my grandmother was alive she was an advocate for domestic violence awareness. She actually was pretty active in some of the initial legislation in the state. She spent a lot of her time volunteering with the YWCA,” said Madden.

We had all hands on deck, from sales to web. Even to our general manager, who was hoping his wife doesn’t see this and realize he’s a good painter and in the end, our work was appreciated.

“I love the fact that WTRF chose us. There is a lot of work to be done sadly. But the work that has been done, the painting, necessary upgrades, are wonderful and will make it more comfortable for the women who live here,” said Lori Jones, Executive Director of the YWCA.

We ran into a couple of those women who receive help from the YWCA, and they were kind and gracious and thanked us for our help.

The goal, nationwide throughout the Nexstar chain, is 20,000 hours of volunteer work.

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