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8:16 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Nov. 7 1775 Pioneers Form Forks-of-Cheat Baptist Church

Over the years, the congregation has developed a number of traditions to honor its heritage. Each July, it celebrates Homecoming Sundays and flies a British flag to mark the church’s original colonial status.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Reverend Joseph Gluck, Forks-of-Cheat Baptist Church, 1775, Stewartstown

The Reverend John Corbly and 12 others organized the Forks-of-Cheat Baptist Church on the night of November 7, 1775. the. The meeting took place near Stewartstown, about six miles north of Morgantown. The church remains in service today.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
4:02 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight: November 8 & 9

The Blind Boys of Alabama made their third appearance on Mountain Stage back in 2011.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Remember, remember the 8th and 9th of November... for another revolutionary edition of "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 that'll alternate order each night.

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Radio
8:06 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Nov. 6 1863 Battle of Droop Mountain

The Battle of Droop Mountain opened with nearly six hours of artillery fire, musketry, and hand-to-hand combat. Averell’s infantry finally broke through the Confederate left. The Rebels retreated, and the battle turned into a Union rout.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park, General William Averell, General John Echols, Pocahontas County, Lewisburg, Civil War

On November 6, 1863, one of the most important Civil War battles in West Virginia occurred in Pocahontas County. Union General William W. Averell launched a raid, to trap Confederate troops around Lewisburg.

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Radio
8:25 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Maestro André Raphel Brings New Music to Life

André Raphel doing what he does best.

Take a listen as Maestro André Raphel talks with us about his upcoming concert of Spanish and American Music with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, their composer-in-residence, Roberto Sierra, and their guest violinist, Michael Ludwig.

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10:59 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Morgantown Resident Tackles the Piano Puzzler

Every week Performance Today re-writes a familiar tune in the style of a classical composer. A listener is chosen to do two things: name the hidden tune, and name the composer whose style Bruce is mimicking. This week's contestant is Wiley Newbold from Morgantown, WV
American Public Media's Performance Today features live concerts by famous artists in concert halls around the globe and from the American Public Media studios as well as interviews, news and features. Performance Today audiences, on any given day, may hear from performances in the great concert halls of New York, Prague, London, Berlin and Paris.
Radio
7:55 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Nov. 5, 1891 Birthday of Greasy Neale

Greasy Neale played Major League baseball for nine years and hit .357 for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1919 World Series.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Greasy Neale, 1919 World Seies, Canton Bulldogs, Cincinnati Reds, National Football League

Alfred Earle Neale was born in Parkersburg on November 5, 1891. As a youth, he excelled at virtually every sport.

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Radio
10:36 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Nov. 4 1985 Flooding from Tropical Storm Juan

Despite heroic rescue efforts by first responders, 47 West Virginians died in the 1985 flood, with Pendleton and Grant counties suffering the most deaths. Many of the towns had to rebuild nearly from scratch, and some have never fully recovered.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online; The Parson's Advocate. / Tropical Storm Juan, Parsons WV, North Branch of the Potomac River, South Branch Valley

Four to eight inches of rain had inundated the northern and eastern parts of the state, producing deadly flooding. The Cheat, Greenbrier, Tygart Valley, Little Kanawha, and West Fork rivers along with the North and South Branches of the Potomac River all crested well above flood stage.

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West Virginia History
9:24 am
Fri October 31, 2014

October 31, 1990: Ravenswood Aluminum Workers Locked Out

On October 31, 1990, union workers at Ravenswood Aluminum arrived as usual for their midnight shift. Only this time, they were turned away from the gates. Thus began one of the most bitter labor disputes of the late 20th century.

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West Virginia History
11:15 am
Thu October 30, 2014

October 30, 1930: First Mountain State Forest Festival Held

The culminating moment is when West Virginia’s governor crowns the new Queen Silvia.Today, the festival, which is celebrated the first weekend in October, regularly attracts up to 150,000 visitors to the Randolph County seat.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Mountain State Forest Festival, Elkins, 1930, Neil Armstrong, Randolph County, Queen Silvia

The first Mountain State Forest Festival began in Elkins on October 30, 1930. Since then, it has been held every October except for the years 1941 to 1949. The festival was intended to attract tourists to the region, which is known for its hardwood trees and dazzling fall colors.

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Met Opera in HD
3:40 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Bizet's Carmen in HD

There is no other woman in the world of opera like Carmen, the stunning Spanish gypsy, who is as passionate in her loves as she is for her freedom, totally unfettered by any code.

An operatic tour-de-force, Carmen will be sung in French with English supertitles  during the simulcast from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera to theaters around the world this Saturday, November 1, at 12:55pm. 

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
2:22 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Hear Judith Owen Perform "Blackbird" Live on Mountain Stage

Judith Owen Live on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

It's been said that singer, songwriter and performer Judith Owen displays the depth of Carole King with the European flair of Annie Lennox. Her latest album, Ebb & Flow pays tribute to artists  who inspired her, like Carole King, along with James Taylor and the Beatles. Here she performs the McCartney standard "Blackbird," backed by legendary session bass player Leland Sklar.

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West Virginia History
11:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

October 29, 1861: General Lee Ends Three-Month Campaign

There was one upside for Lee during his disastrous adventure. While at Sewell Mountain in Fayette County, he first set eyes on a grey American Saddlebred that would become his faithful companion.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Robert E. Lee, Traveler, Pocahontas County, Cheat Mountain

On October 29, 1861, Confederate commander Robert E. Lee departed present-day West Virginia, near the end of his ill-fated western Virginia campaign. The rest of his Civil War career would rank Lee among the greatest generals in history. However, his first campaign was a total calamity.

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Radio
9:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

The Velvet Time Machine

Mod Rod Taylor and his rocking smoking jacket in The Time Machine.
Credit WikiCommons

"Let's get the band back together!"

Is this the battle cry of the midlife crisis? The rallying slogan point with those with far more paunch than punch? Is this just grown men, well past middle-age, trying to relive their youth and former glory? Is it a ridiculous idea fraught with potential hazards?

You double betcha.

Yes. But if you never try anything outside of your comfort zone, what good are ye to thyself?

PART 1. Good or bad idea?

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West Virginia History
10:52 am
Tue October 28, 2014

October 28, 1972: Country Singer Brad Paisley Born

At age 14, Paisley became the youngest-ever regular cast member of Jamboree USA. He remained with the Wheeling radio show for eight years.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Brad Paisley, Grand Ole Opry, Glen Dale, Marshall County, C-Notes, Academy of Country Music

Country music superstar Brad Paisley was born in Marshall County on October 28, 1972. At age eight, the Glen Dale native began studying guitar with local musician “Hank” Goddard. Only two years later, he stepped in as the front man for the C-Notes, a local band of older musicians.

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West Virginia History
10:43 am
Mon October 27, 2014

October 27, 1970: Actress & Playwright Ann Kathryn Flagg Died

Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Reverend Joseph Gluck, Forks-of-Cheat Baptist Church, 1775, Stewartstown

  The playwright, teacher, and actress was born in Charleston in 1924. After growing up in the segregated part of town, she graduated from Garnet High School in 1941 and from West Virginia State College four years later.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
7:13 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight: October 25 & 26

Wanda Jackson on Mountain Stage in 2011.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Why not celebrate two legendary singers' birthdays with two great Mountain Stage performances? 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
10:22 am
Fri October 24, 2014

October 24, 1861: Voters Approve State of West Virginia

Waitman Willey would argue eloquently for suffrage for African-Americans at the 1872 Constitutional Convention that produced West Virginia’s current constitution.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / 1872, Western Virgnia, Reorganized Government of Virginia

Voters formally approved the formation of West Virginia on October 24, 1861. Many western Virginia residents had been frustrated with the Virginia state government for years. But, they had few options at their disposal because the U.S.

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West Virginia History
10:20 am
Thu October 23, 2014

October 23, 1943: German POWs Arrive at Camp Ashford

Camp Ashford was built in the summer of 1942 by Italian POWs, who stayed at the camp until the German prisoners arrived the following year.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online; The Greenbrier / The Greenbrier, Camp Ashford, White Sulphur Springs, World War II

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
5:10 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Hear Chris Smither Play "Get a Better One" Live on Mountain Stage

Chris Smither, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

An undisputed master of acoustic blues guitar,  Chris Smither's  songwriting often draws on the influences of poets, folk singers, philosophers and humorists. Now in his 5th decade of making music, Smither made his 13th appearance on Mountain Stage this year, when the show visited the lakeside town of Grand Marais, Minnesota. Here he performs "Get a Better One," recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School.

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West Virginia History
10:07 am
Wed October 22, 2014

October 22, 1977: New River Gorge Bridge Dedicated

The Fayette County bridge has become one of West Virginia’s most recognizable landmarks and was featured on the state quarter. Most significantly, though, it reduced the driving time across the gorge, making travel easier and turning the region’s whitewater-rafting business into a multimillion-dollar industry.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / New River Gorge, Fayette County, Fayette Station Road

The New River Gorge Bridge was dedicated in Fayette County before a crowd of 30,000 on this day in 1977. Throughout history, transportation across the rugged gorge has been a challenge. Its 1,700-foot arch made it the longest single-span arch bridge in the world.

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