Radio

Song of the Week
4:37 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Hear Keb' Mo' perform "The Worst is Yet to Come" Live on Mountain Stage

Keb' Mo' live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Singer-songwriter Kevin Moore first visited Mountain Stage nearly 20 years ago, around the same time he adopted the stage name of "Keb' Mo.'" In the time since, Keb' Mo' has become one of America's most respected and beloved blues artists. Here he performs "The Worst is Yet to Come" from his brand new studio album Blues Americana.

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Radio
1:50 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Roger Morillo: "My work is my passion."

Roger Morillo and one of many bass magazines to feature his instruments.
Jim lange

Walking into Roger Morillo's shop in St. Albans, you cannot help but feel a tinge of excitement. 

Here is a place where not only valuable instrument repair is done, but it's also where Roger makes his own basses and guitars. This is the proverbial "kid in a candy store" for a guy like me.

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Mountain Stage Live Show Preview
10:00 am
Sun June 1, 2014

The Head and the Heart Appearing on Mountain Stage Today

The Head and the Heart, appearing Sunday June 1st on Mountain Stage

This just in - fresh off their appearance at Nelsonville, the "special unannounced band" that will be performing at today's Mountain Stage event in Charleston is acclaimed Portland-based group The Head and the Heart. They'll appear alongside Patty Griffin, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and Parker Millsap. Be prepared to cheer them on! Today's show is sold out, but if any remaining tickets become available, they will be placed on sale at 5pm in the Culture Center lobby. We'll see you there.

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Polaroid Photography
10:00 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Shake it - a modern Polaroid love story

Tune in for Shake it- a modern Polaroid love story, Thursday night 9 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio

Can you hear it? Click, whir, wait, shake - ahhhh! 

Listen Thursday night at 9 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio, Shake it- a modern Polaroid love story.

Taking a Polaroid picture is a totally sensory experience. But it is more than just the sensation of a snapshot; there is something special and social about seeing, giving & receiving that white-framed photo.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
10:39 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Hear Amy Ray Play "Duane Allman" on Mountain Stage

Amy Ray on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

Indigo Girl Amy Ray visits Mountain Stage this week, with songs from her latest solo release. Growing up in Georgia, The Allman Brothers were one of the very first bands Ray listened to, playing a major part in her musical upbringing. Here she pays tribute to the band's beloved legendary lead guitarist with the song "Duane Allman."

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Radio
1:07 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Esa's Apple

Esa-Pekka Salonen
Credit © Katja Tähjä

Conductor/composer Esa-Pekka Salonen has a new series of short videos for Apple's iPad Air.

When I saw one of them on TV, I about jumped out of my chair. Rare, oh so rare, are appearances by the people Classical Music broadcasts every weekday. I got riled up when I wanted to rewind and watch the spot again. My wife wanted to move on and watch Jimmy Fallon.

He had Keith Urban. Sigh. That's a far, far cry from an Esa-Pekka Salonen and that's a damn shame as well.

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Radio
2:25 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

The Roots/Red Hot Chili Peppers: Blazing!

Flea, aka Michael Peter Balzary, plays like a man posessed.
Credit WikiCommons

Special moments-performances which transcend the medium in which they are presented. Perhaps this is what we seek: those consummate performances that makes everyone smile and feel good.

Last night, on Jimmy Fallon, the Roots and the Red Hot Chili Peppers joined together to perform a Funkadelic cover. It was, to be sure, a display of tightness, fury, exuberance and energy that I have not seen on TV in a long, long time. Forget the Hammies, this was for real. A burning, blazing performance. Unreal.

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BackStory with the American History Guys
10:00 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

BackStory: Memorials in America

BackStory with the American History Guys Monumental Disagreements: Memorials in America Thursday night at 9 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio Edit | Remove

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
10:00 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Robert Cray - "You Move Me" - Live from Mountain Stage

Robert Cray live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

In addition to being one of America's foremost electric blues guitarists, Robert Cray's nimble vocals allow him to venture into R&B and rock sounds, as he does here with the song "You Move Me."

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Radio
9:00 am
Thu May 22, 2014

In These Golden Years (wah wah wah)

How's this for a retirement?
Credit WikiCommons

"Run for the shadows, in these golden years." ~Bowie

"And I have seen the eternal Footman hold my coat, and snicker,          
And in short, I was afraid
." ~ Eliot

In John Keats' most perfect poem, Ode to a Nightingale, an elderly man hears the song of a nightingale in the woods and his heart yearns to depart: "That I might drink, and leave the world unseen, and with Thee fade into the forest dim."

That made me think.

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Radio
1:49 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Coming July 1 - Our Improved Weekend Radio Lineup

Bridget Lancaster of Charleston is co-host of America's Test Kitchen, coming to West Virginia Public Radio in July

Our listeners have spoken, and we're listening at West Virginia Public Radio!

Starting in July, we're making improvements to our weekend schedule, based on listener surveys, ratings and other feedback.

The New Schedule is Here!

We’ll still have your favorites, like Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me, Prairie Home Companion and Car Talk.

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Memorial Day Music Special
3:00 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Musical Tribute and Remembrance

Musical Tribute and Remembrance, Memorial Day at 2 p.m.

America’s finest military bands provide the musical continuity to this one-hour Memorial Day special presented by Bill Burkhardt, of WTIP North Shore Community Radio. Interwoven with narrative history of the holiday, it is a fitting memorial to those who have served and sacrificed. 

Tune if for this special Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio.

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Mountain Stage Live Show Preview
2:32 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Mountain Stage This Weekend: ALL ACCESS, Rodney Crowell, Infamous Stringdusters & More

Rodney Crowell, appearing LIVE on Mountain Stage May 18th

UPDATE: ALL ACCESS tickets have sold out. If you haven't purchased a ticket or reserved a seat but would like to participate in cocktail hour and the silent auction, a suggested donation of $50 is requested. If you can't attend and would like to make a donation, simply click here. 

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Radio
2:30 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Eleanor Daley: Choirs of Angels

Composer Eleanor Daley.
Credit Used by permission.

This Sunday, May 18th, you are in for a treat.

Do you sing in a choir? Like choral music? Do you like heavenly music set to exquisite poetry?

Eleanor Daley, one the most prolific and best-known choral composers, is coming to Charleston as part of the Charleston Civic Chorus' Spring Concert. She has an international reputation as her music is performed and sold all over the world.

I could just say her music is heavenly, blissful, subtle and profound, but that might not translate to readers.

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Special Memorial Day Tribute
10:00 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Folktale of Patriotism & Remembrance

Folktales of Patriotism & Remembrance, Thursday night at 9 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio

As American founding father, and second U.S. President, John Adams noted: "Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives". In honor of this weekend's Memorial Day celebrations, we're traveling the world for musical reflections, tributes and remembrances of those who gave their lives, for their country, and wise words on the importance of such patriotic acts. Beginning in our own United States, we'll be touring Europe, South America, Asia, Africa, and beyond, w/ a special tribute to our original celebration of 'Decoration Day' in Civil War days.

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Radio
1:21 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Violinist Tim Fain

Tim Fain.
Credit Used by permission.

Violinist Tim Fain has all the musicianship necessary to play the major works in the classical repertoire, but there is not even a hint of self-importance or standoffishness that can come with that. His thoughtful, down-to-earth conversation make you feel like old friends.

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Radio
12:52 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Three Reasons to Get ALL ACCESS from Mountain Stage tonight

Credit Vasilia Scouras / Mountain Stage

UPDATE: ALL ACCESS tickets have sold out. If you haven't purchased a ticket or reserved a seat but would like to participate in cocktail hour and the silent auction, a suggested donation of $50 is requested. If you can't attend and would like to make a donation, simply click here.

Mountain Stage is hosting "ALL ACCESS," a fundraiser to benefit the Mountain Stage Digital Archive Project. Tickets are still available, but seating is limited.

Money raised will go towards digitizing, indexing and building a web-portal where the world will be able to hear all 800+ episodes of Mountain Stage. Everyone who attends is helping build the digital archive of over 2,000 hours of unique, exciting live performances. 

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
5:30 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Pink Martini featuring The Von Trapps - "Hushabye Mountain" - Live from Mountain Stage

Pink Martini featuring The Von Trapps
Credit Brian Blauser

The song "Hushabye Mountain" originally appeared in the musical film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and has since been covered by everyone from Tony Bennett to Pink Floyd frontman David Gilmour. But it may have never sounded as good as it does on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, preformed by acclaimed group Pink Martini, featuring The Von Trapps.

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Radio
4:34 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Memorial Day Programs on WV Public Radio

Credit PRX

Our spotlight is on the service and sacrifice of our nation's veterans with these special programs on the radio:

Folktales of Patriotism & Remembrance  Thursday, May 22 at 9 p.m.

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Radio
9:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Cherese Weaver: Modern Antiquity

Cherese Weaver

The sculptures of West Virginia artist, Cherese Weaver, are quite stunning. You don't just look at them as much as you feel that they are looking at you. And when they look at you, it's like that person you meet who sees you for who you really are. That's how powerful these pieces are.

She has captured something primal, like lost civilizations, with a gallery of faces that may be the gods and goddesses of the mythic imagination of antiquity.

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