Several well-known names and voices were enshrined last weekend into the West Virginia Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Among them, the friendly face familiar to Charlestonians, Jack Kane of WOWK-TV.
Public radio listeners might not recognize the face, but will surely recognize the slow, deliberate, well-articulated voice of Frank Stowers.
Stowers began his radio career at WHIS in Bluefield, worked at Union Carbide Corporation from 1956 till 1985, where he narrated company films, and has worked part time for West Virginia Public Radio since.
Writers at the liberal Daily Kos website were early and frequent supporters of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But now that the law is taking effect, reality has smacked at least one Daily Kos writer between the eyes.
"My wife and I just got our updates from Kaiser telling us what our 2014 rates will be. Her monthly bill has been $168 this year, mine $150," Tirge Caps (a pseudonym) wrote.
"We have a high deductible. We are generally healthy people who don't go to the doctor often. I barely ever go. The insurance is in case of a major catastrophe.
"Well, now, because of Obamacare, my wife's rate is going to $302 per month and mine is jumping to $284. I am canceling insurance for us and I am not paying any . . . penalty. What the hell kind of reform is this?"
Conservatives warned America that this would happen, but were mocked by dismissive liberals.
Now the people who brushed aside conservative reservations are learning that they were correct.
Obamacare redistributes the cost of insurance from older people who are higher risks to the young and the healthy.
Oddly enough, the people hit hardest by Obamacare are the young people who most supported it.
If the showdown over the government shutdown hurt House Republicans, nobody bothered to tell West Virginians.
Jim Geraghty, the National Review's campaign expert, noted that Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., is well ahead of Democratic Secretary of State Natalie Tennant in the polls in the early stages of next year's U.S. Senate race.