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8:10 am
Fri January 9, 2015

January 9, 1911: State Poet Laureate Louise McNeill Born

With its rich tapestry of stories and characters, McNeill's Gauley Mountain is still hailed as a classic work of American poetry.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

West Virginia Poet Laureate Louise McNeill was born on her family’s Pocahontas County farm on January 9, 1911. Her first book, Gauley Mountain, was published in 1939. In it, she peppered her poems with the speech and dialect she’d grown up with.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
8:18 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Mountain Stage After Midnight- January 10 & 11

Punch Brothers on Mountain Stage in 2008.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

National Bubble Bath Day was this past week (yes, that's a thing), but why not keep the relaxation celebration alive this weekend by unwinding, lighting some candles and listening to some smooth music provided by "Mountain Stage After Midnight?" Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Radio, "Mountain Stage After Midni

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Radio
8:05 am
Thu January 8, 2015

January 8, 1964: President Johnson Declares War on Poverty

The resulting initiative featured a wide range of programs, including training for unemployed coal miners to learn new skills. Most controversially, it provided funding to community action groups, many of which failed to accomplish their objectives.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

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Mountain Stage Archives
1:59 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Listen to Dr. John on Mountain Stage

Dr. John on the Mountain Stage loading dock in Charleston, West Virginia.

From the Mountain Stage reel-to-reel archives. Recorded live, January 8th, 1989.

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Radio
8:00 am
Wed January 7, 2015

January 7, 1933: Jamboree Airs on WWVA

At its peak, it could be heard across much of the East Coast and even in parts of Canada.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

On January 7, 1933, the Jamboree first aired on WWVA radio in Wheeling. Along with other radio shows of the day—like the Grand Old Opry, the Chicago Barn Dance, and the Louisiana Hayride—the weekly Jamboree helped make country music an international sensation.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
10:49 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Listen to Guitar Virtuoso Julian Lage on Mountain Stage

Julian Lage on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

This week's broadcast of Mountain Stage features a performance by guitar virtuoso Julian Lage.

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Radio
8:54 am
Tue January 6, 2015

January 6, 1828: Ward Hill Lamon Born in Jefferson County

Lincoln brought Lamon with him to Washington to serve as U.S. marshal of the District of Columbia. The six-foot four-inch Lamon’s official job was to oversee the city’s prisons.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

On January 6, 1828, Ward Hill Lamon was born in Jefferson County. He was raised at Bunker Hill, in Berkeley County, before moving to Danville, Illinois, at age 18. In 1852, Lamon’s life took a historic twist when he became the law partner of a former congressman—Abraham Lincoln.

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Radio
8:48 am
Mon January 5, 2015

January 5, 1887: New Capitol Building Dedicated in Charleston

The dedication event in Charleston marked the capital’s final journey—at least in terms of host cities.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

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Radio
8:33 am
Fri January 2, 2015

January 2, 2006: Sago Mine Explosion

Due to the smoke and fumes, it took rescuers 41 hours to reach the men.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

At 6:30 a.m. on January 2, 2006, a methane explosion tore through the Sago Mine in Upshur County. The initial blast killed one miner, while 12 others took refuge from the toxic fumes. Rescuers soon began the difficult task of locating the trapped miners.

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A Change of Tune Holiday
4:18 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

'Tis the Season for Holiday Music

West Virginia Public Radio's unofficial mascot, Uri the Sheepdog, dressed for the holidays.
Credit Joni Deutsch

December's finally here, a season full of yule log background savers and ugly-yet-still-popular-at-Urban Outfitters holiday sweaters. To me, the best part of the holiday season comes from rock'n around the Christmas tree/menorah and giving special gifts to my family and friends. And yes, dear reader, A Change of Tune, West Virginia Public Radio's brand new indie/alternative music program, is sending some holiday musical cheer your way.

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Radio
8:40 am
Thu January 1, 2015

January 1, 1888: Hatfields Attack McCoy Cabin Killing Two

While the killings were appalling, the national newspapers further exaggerated events to portray Appalachia as a backward and barbaric place.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

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Radio
9:03 am
Wed December 31, 2014

December 31, 1952: Hank Williams' Final Concert

But, by the end of 1952, Williams was trying to get his life and career back on track. He’d even released a new single entitled “I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive.”
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
7:48 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight- January 3 & 4

Duncan Sheik and his band.
Credit Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Rather than keeping to the ol' "Eat Better, Work Out More, Read More" New Year's mantra, why not spice up your resolution routine with "Hear More Rock'n Music?" We here at "Mountain Stage After Midnight" are more than happy to supply such music. Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Radio, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" takes the best episodes from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
9:09 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Hear John Gorka Play "Give Us Back Our Water," Live from Mountain Stage

John Gorka live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Iconic Midwestern folk singer John Gorka returned to Mountain Stage in February 2014 with a brand new song that he introduced as his "love letter to Charleston" in its time of need.

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Radio
8:55 am
Tue December 30, 2014

December 30, 1969: President Nixon Signs Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act

The resulting law increased mine inspections; allowed the government to shut down unsafe mines; placed stricter limits on coal dust; improved ventilation, roof supports, and methane detection; and provided compensation to miners suffering from black lung.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

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8:47 am
Mon December 29, 2014

December 29, 1861: Sutton Burns

Realizing the strategic importance of Sutton, the Union army built a small fort to guard the town. Around 10 a.m. on December 29, some 80 Confederate soldiers attacked the fort, which was being garrisoned by about 100 Union cavalry forces.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

Suttonville, as it was known then, was strategically located on the Elk River, which ran south all the way to Charleston. It was also located on the Weston and Gauley Bridge Turnpike, which connected the town with other key roads.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
5:18 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight- December 27 & 28

Alejandro Escovedo on Mountain Stage in 2012.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

As the stockings come down and the New Year's champagne is brought out, take a breather and relax with some great live performance radio. Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Radio, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" takes the best episodes from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners. Each week we'll hand-pick two of our favorite episodes that'll alternate order each night.

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Radio
8:38 am
Fri December 26, 2014

December 26, 1917: Instrument Maker Harold Hayslett Born

One of Hayslett's cellos earned the society’s prestigious gold medal for tone. In 1996, filmmaker Robert Gates took an in-depth look at Hayslett’s life and work in the documentary Building a Cello with Harold.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

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8:29 am
Thu December 25, 2014

December 25, 1887: Folk Artist James T. Rexrode Born

At the age of 78, he began sketching local buildings, churches, schoolhouses, and mills.
Credit liveauctioneers.com / e-WV

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8:20 am
Wed December 24, 2014

December 24, 1852: B&O Railroad Completed Near Moundsville

During the Civil War, the B&O played into the military strategies of both sides, and its tracks were repeatedly damaged and then repaired.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / e-WV

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