Modesitt’s efforts land him spot on hall of fame board

CHARLESTON – Rick Modesitt of Parkersburg has been named to the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors.

Modesitt has a lengthy history of working in the entertainment industry and has been active in community and politics, the hall of fame reported in announcing the appointment.

He joins the board as the hall, based in Charleston, looks to establish a permanent home that will house a performance center, museum and archives.

“Rick has a long history working within the entertainment industry and has been an avid supporter of West Virginia musicians. He fits perfectly with our mission and the type of events we produce,” said hall of fame director Michael Lipton.

“We’re looking forward to utilizing his knowledge and expertise and we feel he will be a valuable asset to help us take the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame to the next level,” Lipton said.

“I am truly honored to be a part of this board,” Modesitt said of his appointment. “I love public service and community service, and have great admiration for those with musical talents. I have long admired what Michael and the board have been doing, as West Virginia has a very rich history in the world of music,” he said.

“The hall of fame has developed an outstanding program not only to recognize the legends in music who are from West Virginia, but also to create a program that educates young people. The state is rich with talent. I am hopeful that what we do as a board on a day-to-day basis might inspire some young talent that they too can become a star in the world of music with dedication and hard work,” Modesitt said.

Since being founded in 2005, the hall of fame has produced five induction galas that have been televised statewide on West Virginia Public Broadcasting. The most recent induction ceremony, held in November 2013, brought the total number of hall of fame inductees to 40.

The hall of fame has worked with the West Virginia Department of Education to create the “Traveling Museum,” which has visited nearly 400 schools in the state and reached more than 13,000 students.

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