Joni Deutsch

Host - A Change of Tune, Assistant Producer/Guest Host - Mountain Stage

Joni Deutsch was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia, and graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in public relations and advertising. After learning the radio ropes at WLUR 91.5 FM in Lexington, Virginia, Joni returned to the Mountain State and joined the West Virginia Public Broadcasting family as the creator and host of the weekly indie/alternative music program A Change of Tune and the critically-acclaimed 30 Days of #WVmusic interview series. 

In June 2015, Joni became assistant producer for NPR Music’s live performance radio program Mountain Stage with Larry Groce and host of its #MS2Go podcast and 24-hour music stream. One year later, she became the program’s youngest (and first female) guest host, making her the youngest host of a nationally syndicated public radio program at the age of 24.

In addition to her radio production work, Joni also acted as lead coordinator for West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s NPR Generation Listen initiative, successfully connecting young listeners to public radio through engaging events throughout West Virginia. She also acted as digital producer and event lead for West Virginia Public Broadcasting and PRX’s Us & Them podcast.

Joni Deutsch’s strong communication skills and creative marketing style has led to features on NPR's Morning Edition & Weekend Edition, NPR Music, Current, Poynter, Nieman Lab, and more, as well as speaking engagements at major public media conferences across the nation. In 2015, the Charleston Gazette-Mail named Joni one of the people “making Charleston [West Virginia] even better." In 2016, she was named an Emerging Voice Scholar by the Alliance for Women in Media. And in 2017, she was named to the West Virginia State Journal’s “40 under 40” as a young professional working to make West Virginia a better place.

When she’s not making radio or pursuing her master’s in strategic communication from American University, she can usually be found at home with a good podcast, a hot cup of tea, and a shaggy Polish Lowland sheepdog by her side. 

Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Rock-and-rolling Martingsburg, West Virginian Christian Lopez returns to the Mountain Stage on the campus of West Virginia University for a performance of "Steel on the Water" from his brand new release Red Arrow.

Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Well now you think of love as sitting on a mountain. Think of it as being a great big rock. Won't you think before you started to roll it down. Because once you start it, you can't make it stop.

Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist Robert Cray returns to the Mountain Stage with a take on Bill Withers' "The Same Love that Made Me Laugh" that's sure to stir our soul. 

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

A great deal has changed since 1964. But when rockabilly purveyor Bill Kirchen performs "The Times They Are A-Changin'" on Mountain Stage in 2017, it brings it back into focus.

Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

A classic Southern soul band tinged with a fiery lead singer, St. Paul & the Broken Bones return to the Mountain Stage with a move'n and groove'n performance of "Flow with It."

Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Conductor, multi-instrumentalist and composer of more than 100 orchestral and chamber works, "the Renaissance man of American music" David Amram performs a stunning rendition of Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World."

Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

The hardest of hardcore troubadours, outlaw country's own Steve Earle returns on this week's brand new broadcast of Mountain Stage with a turn back of time to 1988's "Copperhead Road." 

Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

In the fall of 2017, Bruce Cockburn will join Neil Young in being inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. But before he does, you'll be able to hear his brand new Mountain Stage performance on 200+ NPR stations. That includes the song "Lovers in a Dangerous Time," a quite-relevant piece of Top 40's pop culture that highlights the hopefulness in a hopeless world.

A shot of the crowd rating new music at our 2015 #WhyListen party in Huntington.
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Have you ever wondered what turns a new song into a great song? And do you want to discover an emerging West Virginia act from your neck of the woods? Then join West Virginia Public Broadcasting for a #WhyListen: First Listen Music Party on Sunday, September 3 from 6 to 8 p.m at Bahnhof WVrsthaus & Biergarten in Huntington.

Josh Saul

Beloved dynamic pop band Lake Street Dive return to this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, with songs from their acclaimed album Side Pony. Here they perform "Call Off Your Dogs," on a show that also features performances by Seratones, My Bubba, Royal Wood, and Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche.

Melissa Stilwell

30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews. Without a doubt, June was a wild, wonderful month to remember.

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"[West Virginia] affects everything about how I do my job and the way I live my life."

Mrs. Husband

"For better or worse, I can’t seem to do anything other than exactly what I feel compelled to do any given day, can’t seem to make a type of music just because I want to make that type of music."

Brian Blauser

Beloved singer-songwriter Brett Dennen returns to this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, but this time with his full touring band. Here he performs the single "Cassidy," from his new album Por Favor

You'll also hear sets by alt-rock trailblazers Cracker, along with Liz Vice, Elephant Revival, and Lords of Liechtenstein.

Roberto Cavolo / Two Dollar Radio

"We want to always have this doomed artist cliche that doesn't exist, but there's always these other individuals as a part of the story as well."

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"It wouldn’t be considered commercially viable [as a traditional music venue]... and that’s what makes it unique.”

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From West Virginia Public Broadcasting and A Change of Tune, this is 30 Days of #WVmusic, the interview series celebrating the folks who make the West Virginia music scene wild and wonderful.  

And today's interview is with an Appalachian quartet who are creating a new mountain sound for the next generation. This… is Apple Pappy.

Chris Workman

From West Virginia Public Broadcasting and A Change of Tune, this is 30 Days of #WVmusic, the interview series celebrating the folks who make the West Virginia music scene wild and wonderful.  

And today's interview is with an Appalachian acoustic punk rocker who isn’t afraid to sing about hills, pills and unpaid bills. This... is Sheldon Vance.

Sean Seaman

“Every community is bound to bare some sort of sound and champion that, but it’s not as definite as it used to be.”

Melissa Stilwell

From West Virginia Public Broadcasting and A Change of Tune, this is 30 Days of #WVmusic, the interview series celebrating the folks who make the West Virginia music scene wild and wonderful.  

And today's interview is with the Huntington drummer with the best seat in the house, keeping time for William Matheny and Tyler Childers. This... is Rod Elkins.

Samantha Waldron

“We felt that by coming together to write authentic music, we offer a modern-day "sound treaty" to the legends and heroes of grassroots, outlaw country and bluegrass music.”

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