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07/30/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Ambert Dail

F. Ambert Dail
(d. 27 July 2010)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this Friday morning.  Beloved WGH radio personality      Ambert Dail passed away at The Chesapeake in Newport News on Wednesday, July 27, 2010 at the age of 89.  

From the Daily Press - 07/30/10:



Ambert Dail

    NEWPORT NEWS - A friendly radio voice, familiar to Tidewater listeners for three decades has been stilled. F. Ambert Dail died on Wednesday, July 27, 2010, at the age of 89.

He was employed by WGH Radio for 34 years. He served as General Manager for 23 of those years. In addition, he served as Director for several other Daily Press companies, including Newport News Cablevision and Danville Cablevision. He began his broadcast career during high school in Danville, Va., on WBTM; he became a fulltime announcer by the age of 20. He broadcast on KFAR Fairbanks, Alaska during WWll, while serving in the Army Air Force Communication Service. He moved to Newport News in 1949 where he became a morning radio personality. During his career, he emceed everything from morning kiddie shows to beauty pageants. He saw the radio revolution of the 60's and rode the crest of Elvis and the Beatles. His innovations included on-air contests, an augmented news department, custom jingles, and his well known editorials. These innovations, as well as the brilliant on-air talent working for WGH at the time, made it the most listened-to radio station in Tidewater. The AP voted WGH the Best Radio News Operation in Virginia for 10 consecutive years.
Ambert Dail
  His accolades included President of the Va. Association of Broadcasters and Va. Associated Press Broadcasters. He was twice elected President of the Tidewater Association of Radio Broadcasters, which he organized. He was also national chairman of the Association of Independent Metropolitan Stations.

After retiring in 1982, Ambert continued his community service by reading news to the blind over WYCS in Yorktown, and was a docent at the Mariner's Museum.

Ambert was a devout and committed Christian, a lay reader, a Sunday School teacher for more than 40 years, and an elder at both First Presbyterian Church and later at Yorkminster Presbyterian Church. He moved to "The Chesapeake" in 2001, where he recorded the New Testament as his legacy.

Ambert was preceded in death by Isabell, his loving wife of 53 years.

He is survived by his sons, William A. Dail of Dripping Springs, Texas, and Stephen M. Dail of Newport News, Va. He is also survived by four loving grandchildren, Genessa Coakley, Nathan Dail, Marc Cohen, and Sarah Dail, as well as two great-grandchildren, Noah Coakley and Jeremiah Dail; longtime family friend Connie Wiatt also survives him.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 31, 2010, in the Chesapeake Room at The Chesapeake, 955 Harpersville Rd., Newport News. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from July 30 to July 31, 2010.
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July 30, 2010

I am saddened by the passing of a wonderful teacher, manager, and Man of God, who touched my life and made such an impression that will remain with me forever. I have taken notes from him and tried my best to imitate the refined qualities bestowed upon me by him. He gave a lesson for the day without trying, just an example of kindness and compassion that made one want to win a race he never knew he was in. And at the end of the day I felt I had been trained to master conflict with Love. Thanks, Mr. F. Ambert Dail... Everett Hollins
~ Everett Hollins, Hampton, Virginia

July 30, 2010
  Ambert was my boss at WGH for 18 years. God bless him and his family. Herman King
July 30, 2010
In 1961 Ambert Dail is the person who offered me a chance to do the afternoon show. During the 9 years I worked at WGH I never heard Ambert raise his voice or say a cross word to anybody. He was a first class person, a truly nice man. Under Ambert's leadership WGH became one of America's best known radio stations. My condolences to the Dail family.

~ Gene Loving, Virginia Beach, Virginia
July 30, 2010

When my family moved here in 1964, WGH was THE radio station of choice. I fell asleep and woke up to the station for many years. I remember all the DJ's and Ambert Dail with fondness. To the Dail family - even though you don't know me personally, I am sure I speak for a generation when I say I am so sorry for your loss. In reading the other entries, I see what a fine man Mr. Dail was. You will be in my prayers for comfort during this difficult time.
July 30, 2010
I worked for Ambert at the end of his days at WGH. He was a true gentleman, and certainly presided over some of the most amazingly talented people ever in radio. My condolences also to the Dail family.

July 30, 2010

Dear Winky, your dear father had a tremendous impact on the lives of so many young men in East End when he volunteered as the Cub Scout Master for Cub Scout Pack 12, Marshall Courts Recreation Center. Most of us served our nation in the military due to the fine example your father set for us and inspired us to serve our Nation.
Dripping Springs, TX connection will call you soon.

~ Joseph Madagan, Wesley Chapel, Florida

July 30, 2010

Ambert Dail was an excellent manager, a fine human being and true gentleman. I am grateful for big break he gave me, a 19-year old kid at the time, to work on the air at WGH many years ago. WGH was a special place to work because of the leadership of Ambert Dail. He understood the importance of serving the community ... with top notch news, information and entertainment.

I feel especially fortunate to have spoken with him just a few weeks ago. As he prepared for the end of his life, he was facing it with courage, strength and humor. He seemed to truly be at peace. It was an inspirational conversation.

Ambert will be remembered fondly by the many lives he touched and mentored. My thoughts and prayers are with the Dail family in their time of grief.

July 30, 2010

Ambert Dail was an important contributor to radio in the Tidewater area. He will be long remembered for his leadership in building WGH into the great station it was in the 1960's. Please accept my condolences.

July 30, 2010

As a 68 year old listener of WGH Radio in the 60s. I will always remember the voice of AMBERT DAIL and the Satellite 6 crew of Gene Loving and the others on the radio. I also remember well Mr. Dail's Sunday column in the Daily Press, "ON THE AIR." The Tidewater area has truly lost a great legend and announcer/GM in the passing of Mr. Dail. May God bring comfort to his family in this time of sorrow, and may they know that up above there is truly a great angel.

July 30, 2010

Winky and Peggy, We are very sorry to hear of your loss. We are keeping you in our prayers.

~ Phillip, Mary, Zachary and Marisa Jones, Hartfield, Virginia

July 30, 2010

And even all the way to Alaska did his legacy come to be known. I learned of his illness through my boyfriend who knew him personally himself as did his father (Eric Sheriff). I am sure he will be missed... especially in the mornings when people came to expect him to be there for them. I understand he had the perfect voice for what he did. Condolences to the family.
respectfully, Kathy Olding
Tok, Alaska

   Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Dail family and their friends.

      From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 07/30/10, 1:37 PM - "     Ambert Dail":

Hi, Carol:

Thank you for the "Heads Up" regarding the passing of Ambert Dail.

My oldest sister,   Mary Ann ('56) of VA, called me early this morning to tell me the sad news after she read The Daily Press.
Mr. Dail had a profound affect on the young men in East End. He was the Cub Master for Cub Scout Pack 12 who met at the Marshall Courts Recreation Center. He was working as the Station Manager of WGH and raising a family, but had time for the youngsters in scouting.

His stories of flying with the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II always got our attention, especially when he described how the bombing runs improved accuracy by low level bombing of targets, by using the method called "Toss Bombing" where the pilot would order the bomb bay doors open on a low level approach, and then pull the nose up, and order "Bombs Away" and toss the bomb towards the target, while the plane climb to avoid the blast of the bomb. Serving in the military was never in doubt for any of us. A true leader inspiring us all.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thank you, Major Madagan.  Again, you have my sincerest condolences on the loss of your friend and mentor.


  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Words and Music by Martin Luther (10 Nov 1483 – 18 Feb 1546)
English Translation by
Frederick Henry Hedge (1805 – 21 Aug 1890)

“A Mighty Fortress” was written and composed by Martin Luther. The date of the hymn cannot be fixed with any exact certainty. It is generally believed, however, to have been written for the Diet of Spires in 1529 when the term “protestant” was first used. The hymn became the great rallying cry of the Reformation.

1. A mighty fortress is our God,
A bulwark never failing;
Our helper He amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing;
For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and pow'r are great,
And armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not His equal.

2. Did we in our own strength confide,
Our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side,
The Man of God's own choosing;
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His name,
From age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

3. And tho' this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph thro' us;
The prince of Darkness grim,
We tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure,
For lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

4. That word above all earthly pow'rs,
No thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
Thro' Him who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go,
This mortal life also;
The body they may kill:
God's truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.

"A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" midi and lyrics courtesy
of - 07/30/10

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 01/27/05

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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