He went on to manage a host of other stations, including a stint as manager with WTJU at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, in 2010 and with WOWL noncommercial radio in Iuka, Miss., in 2012.
Last year, Beard and partner Dawn Warner formed Roots Town Radio Inc., a nonprofit organization with a mission of founding a low-power FM radio station.
The idea is to create a noncommercial LPFM station that would take a up a niche on the FM dial, broadcasting a low-power signal to encompass the Charleston city limits.
"I'm hoping to partner with FOOTMAD and try to see FOOTMAD grow that way -- get FOOTMAD people involved in doing radio and doing a good healthy dose of West Virginia music, reflecting the musical culture of West Virginia in this station."
If everything goes smoothly with their FCC application, "I'm hoping by mid-2014, with the support of the community, maybe by this time next year we could go on the air."
He has launched a small crowd-funding campaign to cover the FCC filing fee, so get in the ground floor by searching for "LPFM for Charleston WV" at www.indiegogo.com.
Meanwhile, a new 2013-14 FOOTMAD season of concerts and dances approaches, and the group's new arts administrator will be at the center of it.
"My job, one way to look at it, I'm like a hub for all of these volunteers that have been doing a great job all around," he said. "Most of them are musicians that are passionate about this. I don't have to do all of the hands-on work. I just have to kind of be the glue."
FOOTMAD has the benefit of being located in a musically rich region, Beard said. "I'm happy to be here to help grow that and get people from all walks of life coming out to dances and concerts."
For more on the new FOOTMAD season, visit http://footmad.org.
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