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West Virginia History
10:22 am
Tue October 14, 2014

October 14, 1947: Chuck Yeager Breaks the Sound Barrier

Chuck served in California as a test pilot for high-speed planes. A year after breaking the sound barrier, he visited Charleston flying his Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star jet beneath the city's South Side Bridge.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Chuck Yeager, Lockheed P-80, Charleston, Lincoln County, World War II

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West Virginia History
10:34 am
Mon October 13, 2014

October 13, 1903: Bishop John Joseph Kain Dies

A native of Martinsburg, John Joseph Kain's missions ranged from nearby Harpers Ferry to Leesburg, Virginia. During his seven years in this position, he helped rebuild communities that had been ravaged by the Civil War.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / John Joseph Kain, Martinsburg, Wheeling, Diocese of Wheeling, St. Louis, Civil War, Harpers Ferry

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Recommended If You Like: Soulful Electro-Pop
10:07 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

'A Change of Tune' Interviews Madi Diaz

Madi Diaz
Credit Neil Krug

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch interviews Madi Diaz, an up-and-coming artist who creates upbeat electro-pop from some pretty heartbreaking experiences. Needles to say Madi's approach to pop on her latest record, Phantom, is nothing short of postmodern ear candy. Check out the interview below to learn more about Madi's new record and overall pop ambition. If you're a fan of post-breakup synth in the same vein as Charli XCX, this interview and music are recommended for you.

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West Virginia History
9:41 am
Fri October 10, 2014

October 10, 1774: The Battle of Point Pleasant

Shawnee Chief Cornstalk decided to attack Andrew Lewis’s troops at Point Pleasant before they could unite with Dunmore’s army.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Cornstalk, Andrew Lewis, Battle of Point Pleasant, Lord Dunmore's War, 1774,

On October 10, 1774, perhaps the most important battle ever fought in present-day West Virginia occurred at Point Pleasant. It was preceded by a long spring and summer of deadly violence between settlers and Indians. In response to these hostilities, Virginia Governor Lord Dunmore dispatched two armies to attack Shawnee villages in Ohio. Dunmore personally led the northern army, while the southern column was under Colonel Andrew Lewis. 

Mountain Stage After Midnight
4:46 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight- October 11 & 12

The members of supergroup Red Horse (John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky, and Eliza Gilkyson) have appeared on Mountain Stage over 21 times, but never as a group until this 2011 performance.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Need to countrify your weekend? Of course you do, and that's why "Mountain Stage After Midnight" is here to help with performances from some amazing alt-country, bluegrass, and folk artists. 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 and they'll alternate order each night.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
10:23 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Hear Martina McBride Perform "My Babe" Live on Mountain Stage

Martina McBride, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

Although she's a bona fide country music superstar, on this week's episode of Mountain Stage, Martina McBride explores her rhythm and blues side. Backed her 11 member road band, which includes a 4 piece horn section, Martina McBride performs the Willie Dixon-penned Little Walter classic, "My Babe."

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West Virginia History
8:33 am
Thu October 9, 2014

October 9, 2001: Actress and Model Dagmar Dies

Dagmar was one of the most recognizable faces on television and even graced the cover of Life magazine.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Dagmar, Milton Berle, Frank Sinatra, Life Magazine, Dagmar's Canteen, Ceredo, Huntington, 1921, 2001, Huntington

The entertainer known as Dagmar died on October 9, 2001. In the 1950s, she was one of the most recognizable faces on television and even graced the cover of Life magazine. Born Virginia Ruth Egnor in Logan County in 1921, she moved with her family to Huntington, where she attended Huntington High School.

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Radio
8:47 am
Wed October 8, 2014

October 8, 1764: Harman Blennerhassett Born in London

Harman Blennerhasset was born to a wealthy Irish family in London, and with his wife Margaret would build the immense mansion on the Ohio River, named for them.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Aaron Burr, Harman Blennerhassett, 1805 plot, Thomas Jefferson, Blennerhassett Island, Ohio River

Harman Blennerhassett was born in London on October 8, 1764. He and his wife Margaret immigrated to the United States in 1796. Two years later, they settled on an island in the Ohio River near Parkersburg. In 1800, they built an immense mansion on what would become known as Blennerhassett Island.

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West Virginia History
9:37 am
Tue October 7, 2014

October 7, 1747: Ebenezer Zane Born Near Moorefield

Born near present-day Moorefield, Zane and his brothers settled at the confluence of Wheeling Creek and the Ohio River, and later laid out the town of Wheeling.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Zane, Wheeling, homstead

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Radio
9:30 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

KC Tour Ends Triumphantly

Tonight is the last night of the KC Elements Tour. (Sadly, really regretfully, I could not attend any show.)

Most would say that the King Crimson Elements Tour of 2014 was a resounding success. Going through the reviews, all the ones I read were positive.

No surprise to me. This group was different from all my expectations (therefore, in my mind, exciting) and this very difference allowed them the freedom to explore the music in a new way. 

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West Virginia History
8:19 am
Mon October 6, 2014

October 6, 1933: Civil Rights Legend J.R. Clifford Dies

Civil rights trailblazer J. R. Clifford, a native of present-day Grant County, founded Martinsburg’s Pioneer Press, the first black-owned newspaper in West Virginia.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / J.R.Clifford, Pioneer Press, Martinsburg, Harpers Ferry, NAACP, Civil War, Taylor County, Grant County

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Recommended If You Like: Laid-Back Lucius
8:02 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

'A Change of Tune' Interviews The Ericksons

The Ericksons
Credit Sara Mourner

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch interviews The Ericksons, a Minneapolis-based indie folk band comprised of sisters Jenny Kochsiek and Bethany Valentini. After a number of family losses, the two women finally came together to channel their love and grief into achingly beautiful folk music, as seen with the band's newest release Bring Me Home. Check out the interview below to find out more about The Ericksons' history, the band's connections to folk visionaries Justin Vernon and S.

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West Virginia History
8:07 am
Fri October 3, 2014

October 3, 1864: Confederate Raider McNeill Wounded in Va.

Capt. John McNeill formed his guerrilla force in September 1862 and operated out of the Moorefield area; launching raids on Union troops and camps.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / McNeill's Rangers, Moorefield, Hardy County, 1864, 1862, Benjamin Kelley, George Crook, Jesse McNeill

In the predawn hours of October 3, 1864, Confederate guerilla John “Hanse” McNeill led a raid near Mount Jackson, Virginia. After a quick exchange of fire with Union cavalry, McNeill collapsed from a gunshot wound. He would die five weeks later, and his son Jesse led the rangers until the end of the war.


Mountain Stage After Midnight
11:57 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight- October 4 & 5

Ani DiFranco made her fourth appearance on Mountain Stage in 2008.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

What do you get when you mix two iconic singer-songwriters with a whole lot of good music? A little something called "Mountain Stage After Midnight." 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 and they'll alternate order each night.

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West Virginia History
8:33 am
Thu October 2, 2014

October 2, 1924: Labor Leader Miles Stanley Is Born

Miles Stanley was born on Oct. 2, 1924 and rose to become a national labor leader.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Miles Stanley, labor, AFL-CIO, Dunbar, 1924

One of West Virginia’s most important labor leaders was born in Dunbar on October 2, 1924. Before his untimely death at age 49, Miles Stanley would become one of a major AFL-CIO leader and use his influential position to urge the Appalachian region to develop a more skilled workforce.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
4:18 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Hear Umphrey's McGee Play "Comma Later" on Mountain Stage

Umphrey's McGee, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Whether you call it progressive rock, progressive improvisation or "improg," the force of Umphrey's McGee's musicianship cannot be denied. On any give night they can be found performing for thousands of screaming fans, but on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, they deliver a special performance for a sold-out crowd of 400. Here they are performing "Comma Later," live in Charleston.

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West Virginia History
10:08 am
Wed October 1, 2014

October 1, 1896: Rural Free Mail Delivery Begins

The Rural Free Delivery service took the chore of getting the mail off the backs of America's farmers.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / rural delivery, RFD, 1896, farmers, Postmaster General,

In 1896, the nation’s first Rural Free Delivery, known as RFD, was introduced in West Virginia. Prior to this, people in rural areas didn’t have access to mail delivery. To get their mail, farm families had to travel to a town, which, in some cases, could be an all-day trip. And more than half the country’s 76 million people lived on farms.

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Radio
3:31 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Elizabeth Cook Postpones Scheduled Mountain Stage Appearance

Country singer and songwriter Elizabeth Cook.

As announced Monday on her Facebook page, country singer and Sirius XM Outlaw Country's "Apron Strings" host Elizabeth Cook has canceled a string of upcoming performances and will not appear as scheduled on Mountain Stage Sunday, October 19. We will reschedule her appearance as soon as possible.

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Holiday Event
10:44 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Joy to the World Tickets On Sale

Singer Mollie O'Brien joins pianist Bob Thompson for this year's "Joy to the World" holiday celebration. Performances are scheduled for Charleston (Dec.11) Wheeling (Dec. 12) and Beckley (Dec. 13). Tickets are on sale October 1.

Three concerts in three cities

Featuring special guest vocalist Mollie O'Brien

Live performances:

Thursday, Dec. 11  in Charleston

Friday, Dec. 12 in Wheeling

Saturday, Dec. 13 in Beckley

Ticket info is below.
 

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Recommended If You Like: Brutally Honest Rock
1:19 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

'A Change of Tune' Interviews Bishops

Bishops' new release, Silver Lining.
Credit Sage Perrott (haypeep.com)

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch talks with Tucker Riggleman (vocals, guitar) from the Shepherdstown-based rock band Bishops. Since the dissolution of his other West Virginia alt-outfit, The Demon Beat, Riggleman has been focusing on creating gritty yet accessible rock melodies as the frontman for Bishops, as evidenced by the band’s newest release, Silver Lining. Check out the interview below to learn more about Bishops’ musical past, present, and future.

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