Scott Finn http://wvpublic.org en Could Highway Funding Fight Halt W.Va. Road Construction? http://wvpublic.org/post/could-highway-funding-fight-halt-wva-road-construction <p>How does the fight over highway funding in Washington affect people living in rural West Virginia?</p><p>The PBS NewsHour recently traveled to Logan County to show how the funding fight could bring construction on a four-lane upgrade of W.Va. 10 to a halt.</p><p>It's also become a political issue in the Third District Congressional Race, with Rep. Nick Rahall touting his seniority and ability to bring home highway funds, and challenger state Sen. Evan Jenkins vowing not to raise gas taxes to fund highways.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:31:09 +0000 Scott Finn 15556 at http://wvpublic.org Could Highway Funding Fight Halt W.Va. Road Construction? Battling Storms and Computer Glitches to Protect Your Paycheck http://wvpublic.org/post/battling-storms-and-computer-glitches-protect-your-paycheck <p>You may have heard about the state’s HUGE computer project, to change over to a new system called OASIS.</p><p>Well, this is the story about how that changeover almost prevented some of our employees from getting the right paycheck – and two of our employees who single-handedly prevented that from happening.</p><p>One employee even left the hospital where her grandchild was being born to fix the problem!</p><p>For these reasons, Jane Smith and Kristi Crouch are the winners of our Storyteller Award for the month of July.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:05:30 +0000 Scott Finn 15125 at http://wvpublic.org Battling Storms and Computer Glitches to Protect Your Paycheck The People Behind Mountain Stage - Vasilia Scouras and Jeff Shirley http://wvpublic.org/post/people-behind-mountain-stage-vasilia-scouras-and-jeff-shirley <p>Mountain Stage is West Virginia's calling card to the world, and West Virginia Public Broadcasting's premier program. On show night, everyone sees Larry Groce, Adam Harris, Julie Adams, Bob Thompson and the other musicians on stage.</p><p>But behind the Stage is a small team of people who make sure the tickets get sold, the musicians make it there on time, and everyone gets paid. And two of them went WAY above and beyond in May and June to be our Storyteller Award winners: Vasilia Scouras and Jeff Shirley.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:54:54 +0000 Scott Finn 15116 at http://wvpublic.org The People Behind Mountain Stage - Vasilia Scouras and Jeff Shirley All Systems Go in Huntington & Charleston http://wvpublic.org/post/all-systems-go-huntington-charleston <p>2:56 p.m. -- We should be back to full service for WV PBS in Huntington and Charleston as well as WVWV radio in Huntington -- INCLUDING Suddenlink customers. The problem was related to the power issues yesterday that caused our system to re-boot improperly. We've manually set it and are running a backup generator as well. We will continue to monitor and make course corrections as needed. Thanks again for supporting West Virginia Public Broadcasting.</p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:03:21 +0000 Scott Finn 14536 at http://wvpublic.org The Rock of Our Development Department http://wvpublic.org/post/rock-our-development-department <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In each of our lives, we have a rock, someone we can depend on when times get tough. You know what I’m talking about: the eye of the hurricane, the wind beneath my wings, that sort of person.</p><p>In our development department, that person is Peggy Dorsey, our individual giving manager. For her dedication, Peggy is the recipient of this month’s Storyteller Award.</p><p>We are preparing for Peggy’s retirement this fall and her importance in our development efforts cannot be overstated. She makes sure everything gets done right and on time – pledge drives, premiums, letters, database updates, responses to member questions. Simply put, she does an amazing amount of work.</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:53:56 +0000 Scott Finn 13400 at http://wvpublic.org The Rock of Our Development Department Coming July 1 - Our Improved Weekend Radio Lineup http://wvpublic.org/post/coming-july-1-our-improved-weekend-radio-lineup <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Our&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">listeners</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;have spoken, and we're listening at West Virginia Public Radio!</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Starting in July, we're making improvements to our weekend schedule, based on listener surveys, ratings and other feedback.</span></p><p><a href="http://wvpublic.org/post/west-virginia-public-radio-announces-new-program-schedule"><strong>The New Schedule is Here!</strong></a></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 17:49:29 +0000 Scott Finn 12392 at http://wvpublic.org Coming July 1 - Our Improved Weekend Radio Lineup Watch the "What's Next, West Virginia" Panel Discussion http://wvpublic.org/post/watch-whats-next-west-virginia-panel-discussion <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-a8E9-DToU</p><p>Watch former First Lady Gayle Manchin and others debate the future of West Virginia in this video. Other participants include Perry Bryant of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care and former state Sens. Lloyd Jackson, Brooks McCabe and Dan Foster.</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 17:54:02 +0000 Scott Finn 11910 at http://wvpublic.org Watch the "What's Next, West Virginia" Panel Discussion Mountain Stage Archive Project: Sharing 30 Years of Great Performances http://wvpublic.org/post/mountain-stage-archive-project-sharing-30-years-great-performances <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bill Lynch has a big story in the Charleston Gazette about the Mountain Stage Archive, and the fundraiser for it coming up on May 17.</span></p><p>Here's how he describes the archive <a href="http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140510/GZ05/140519923#sthash.87GpOvYz.dpuf">in the article</a>:</p> Sun, 11 May 2014 14:05:51 +0000 Scott Finn 11789 at http://wvpublic.org Mountain Stage Archive Project: Sharing 30 Years of Great Performances This Employee Never Asks Anything in Return http://wvpublic.org/post/employee-never-asks-anything-return <p>The winner of this month’s Storyteller Award is usually one of the first employees to arrive at our Charleston facility, and often one of the last to leave. He’s dependable, friendly, and does his job with a positive and fun attitude. His name is David McClanahan.</p><p>Since there are two David McClanahan’s in Charleston (the other is our Director of Engineering), we call him “Mailroom Dave.”</p><p>Mailroom Dave makes sure the building is clean and well-maintained, but he does a lot more, too, as our receptionist Sharon Dunlap attests:</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 20:07:23 +0000 Scott Finn 11716 at http://wvpublic.org This Employee Never Asks Anything in Return West Virginia Public Broadcasting Named Top Radio News Operation in the Virginias http://wvpublic.org/post/west-virginia-public-broadcasting-named-top-radio-news-operation-virginias <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">West Virginia Public Broadcasting was named Outstanding Radio News Operation among metropolitan stations in Virginia and West Virginia at The Virginias AP Broadcast awards luncheon Saturday.</span></p><p>West Virginia Public Broadcasting also won top honors in six categories: best investigative reporting, best website, best radio news anchor, best spot news, best documentary, and outstanding effort by an individual reporter.</p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 12:00:40 +0000 Scott Finn 9814 at http://wvpublic.org West Virginia Public Broadcasting Named Top Radio News Operation in the Virginias How Steven Grindstaff Made His Former Employer Cry http://wvpublic.org/post/how-steven-grindstaff-made-his-former-employer-cry <p>You usually don't want to be the employee who makes your supervisor break down in tears.</p><p>But when Steven Grindstaff's old boss realized he would be losing his prize employee to West Virginia Public Broadcasting, that's exactly what happened.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Steven’s current boss is our CFO, Tammy&nbsp;Treadway. She describes what happened when she called his previous employer:</span></p><p>“As I expressed my interest in having Steven work for us, I thought, ‘Wow, this man seems really upset about losing him. He sounds like he is going to cry.’</p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 14:36:16 +0000 Scott Finn 9798 at http://wvpublic.org How Steven Grindstaff Made His Former Employer Cry From McDowell County to the U.S. Senate, Thanks to You http://wvpublic.org/post/mcdowell-county-us-senate-thanks-you <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">When you become a member of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, you hope your support makes a difference, that it has the power to change minds and even change lives.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:12:19 +0000 Scott Finn 8987 at http://wvpublic.org From McDowell County to the U.S. Senate, Thanks to You McDowell vs. Fairfax County: 350 Miles and a World Apart http://wvpublic.org/post/mcdowell-vs-fairfax-county-350-miles-and-world-apart <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We've </span><a href="http://wvpublic.org/post/mcdowell-men-have-shortest-life-expectancy-women-second-shortest-us" style="line-height: 1.5;">reported a lot </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">about declining life expectancy in some Appalachian counties, including the place with among the lowest life expectancies in America: McDowell County.</span></p><p>Now, the New York Times' Annie Lowrey has a powerful story comparing life expectancy in McDowell County to that of Fairfax County, Va. It's just 350 miles difference, but a world apart.</p> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 17:09:10 +0000 Scott Finn 8690 at http://wvpublic.org McDowell vs. Fairfax County: 350 Miles and a World Apart Conquering The Snow, Telling Our Story http://wvpublic.org/post/conquering-snow-telling-our-story <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">It’s not always easy to tell West Virginia’s story. The weather can be harsh, and resources can be scarce.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">So when an employee takes what could have been a miserable task and makes it fun...that’s deserving of special recognition. That’s why Larry Dowling is our Storyteller of the Month.</span></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:31:49 +0000 Scott Finn 7992 at http://wvpublic.org Conquering The Snow, Telling Our Story Rockefeller Named Champion of Public Broadcasting by National Group http://wvpublic.org/post/rockefeller-named-champion-public-broadcasting-national-group <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A good friend of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, has just been honored by the organization that represents public television stations throughout America.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First as Governor and later as Senator, Rockefeller and his wife Sharon have played a crucial role in growing the statewide public television and radio network that is West Virginia Public Broadcasting.</span></p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:05:25 +0000 Scott Finn 7713 at http://wvpublic.org Rockefeller Named Champion of Public Broadcasting by National Group What Does the World's Best Water Smell Like? (Hint: It's Not Black Licorice) http://wvpublic.org/post/what-does-worlds-best-water-smell-hint-its-not-black-licorice <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">When I signed up to be a judge at the </span><a href="http://berkeleysprings.com/water/about.htm" style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting</a><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">, I thought it would just be a bit of fun -- a relaxing weekend in an historic West V Sun, 23 Feb 2014 15:49:37 +0000 Scott Finn 7610 at http://wvpublic.org What Does the World's Best Water Smell Like? (Hint: It's Not Black Licorice) Reporters Shine During Water Crisis http://wvpublic.org/post/reporters-shine-during-water-crisis <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This month’s Storyteller Award goes to a team who’ve worked together so much their names have become joined together: Dave and Ashton.</span></p><p>Dave Mistich is our digital editor; Ashton Marra is our statehouse reporter. And with guidance from news director Beth Vorhees, and major assistance from reporters all over the state, they’ve led our comprehensive and in-depth coverage of the water crisis.</p><p>Beth says it best – I have her message here:</p> Sat, 08 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Scott Finn 6820 at http://wvpublic.org Reporters Shine During Water Crisis Video: Water Crisis Public Hearing from House of Delegates http://wvpublic.org/post/video-water-crisis-public-hearing-house-delegates <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzcSxCYKbyY</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Watch the public forum the WV House of Delegates held Monday evening about the Elk River chemical spill.</span></p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:52:49 +0000 Scott Finn 6435 at http://wvpublic.org Video: Water Crisis Public Hearing from House of Delegates VOTE: Which Two West Virginia Towns Should Get "Turned Around"? http://wvpublic.org/post/vote-which-two-west-virginia-towns-should-get-turned-around <p>It’s been a rough month in West Virginia, with the <a href="http://wvpublic.org/post/weeks-later-more-questions-answers-wva-chemical-spill">water crisis</a> and all the <a href="http://www.nationalreview.com/article/367903/white-ghetto-kevin-d-williamson">negative, stereotypical coverage</a> of Appalachia around the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the War on Poverty.</p><p>Let’s take all our anger and frustration and turn it into something positive. Let’s “<a href="http://www.wvfocus.com/turn-this-town-around/">Turn This Town Around</a>.”</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:44:18 +0000 Scott Finn 6424 at http://wvpublic.org VOTE: Which Two West Virginia Towns Should Get "Turned Around"? West Virginia Public Broadcasting Awarded $750,000 Grant http://wvpublic.org/post/west-virginia-public-broadcasting-awarded-750000-grant <p>West Virginia Public Broadcasting has been awarded a $750,000 competitive grant to replace all equipment in its main Charleston studio and record and transmit local programs in high definition.</p><p>This grant was very competitive -- we received about a quarter of all funding available this year! And it will transform what we can do from our Charleston studio in two ways:</p><p><strong>1. We will finally be able to replace our failing, 25-year-old equipment.</strong></p><p>It's so old, our engineers have to go to hobbyists on e-bay to find parts.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:37:17 +0000 Scott Finn 6325 at http://wvpublic.org West Virginia Public Broadcasting Awarded $750,000 Grant