Jim Wharton

Sports Director/Anchor

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6:00 P.M. & 11:00 P.M.


304-485-6397 Ext. 127

Jim Wharton has served as the WTAP Sports Director and Anchor since July 28,1984.

July 28, 1984 marked the start of the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. It also marked the start of Jim Wharton's tenure as Sports Director of WTAP-TV.

He replaced Randy Greene who left for an opportunity in the broadcast education field.

In 25 years, Jim has reported from numerous national, regional and local sporting events

He's been to bowl games, national championship college baseball and football games, NASCAR races, MLB games, NFL games and more.

But while he's enjoyed the experiences while travelling to Daytona, New Orleans and Phoenix, his first love is local sports.

Jim has covered literally thousands of sporting events over the years. He started out shooting on film, followed by analog tape, digital tape, and now on computer disc.

He is proud to have started the award winning "Football Frenzy" high school football show. And enjoys doing play by play in WTAP broadcasts of high school and college sporting events.

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NBC News Headlines

Death toll in Northern California fire rises to 83 as searchers push through rain

"I can assure you that we are going to continue to push forward because this is important work that we’re doing," Sheriff Kory Honea said of the search.

Proud Boys founder distancing himself from 'extremist' organization

The group's founder said he was leaving in an effort to alleviate sentencing for several Proud Boy members arrested in a New York City brawl.

Thanksgiving Day will be coldest in over a century for millions in U.S.

High winds could ground the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons.

Why is the Pentagon sending so many pies to our troops this Thanksgiving?

Troops deployed overseas are getting an extra 75,000 pies — a more than twelvefold increase — because of "a change in menu planning."

Oldest Pearl Harbor veteran dies at age 106

Ray Chavez would not talk about the attack for decades. He suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder that left him anxious and shaking.