Raymond Jones originally came to WHRO in 1983 as an announcer. In 1990, he became a Special Program Consultant to the Vice President of Public Radio Services, and in 1993 was named Vice President of Public Radio Services, as such Station Manager for 89.5 WHRV FM and 90.3 WHRO FM. Raymond now serves as the Cultural Resource Manager for WHRO.
Prior to being named to his current position, Raymond pursued a dual career as public educator and broadcaster. The broadcasting portion of his career began in 1961 on student radio station WFOS. From 1965 until 1970, he served as Program Director and later Station Manager of WRVC-FM in Norfolk.
In 1970, he became Operations Manager for WCPK in Chesapeake, leaving there to help start the area's first public radio station, WTGM in Norfolk (the station that was to become WHRO FM). He joined the staff of WGH-FM in 1974 as an announcer. While there, he also became Program Director and General Manager of Chesapeake Public Schools station WFOS (in 1980), and later founded the Chesapeake city/schools cable TV station, ACC 40, serving as its General Manager. While with Chesapeake Schools, he and his students were awarded the AECT-Britannica Crystal for TV production and won a United Press International award for documentary production. Raymond has also received awards from the Virginia State Department of Vocational Education, the City of Portsmouth, the Chesapeake School Board, the Chesapeake Crime Prevention Council and the Chesapeake Police department for video productions.
As an educator, Raymond taught in the Virginia Beach and Chesapeake school systems. He was a Media Specialist, Gifted and Talented instructor, broadcast instructor, and for 10 years served as the Public Communications Supervisor/Spokesman for Chesapeake Public Schools. He has held adjunct faculty positions with Christopher Newport College and the University of Virginia and has also lectured at Old Dominion University and Virginia Tech.
Raymond holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education/Library Science from Old DOminion University, a Masters degree in Educational Media from Virginia State University, and two Certificates of Advanced Graduate Studies: one from Old Dominion University; and, one from Virginia Tech and State University. He has completed additional coursework at the University of Virginia, Norfolk State University and James Madison University; in June 1997, Raymond received a Doctorate in Education Administration from Virginia Tech.
Raymond and his wife, Joan, reside in Chesapeake.