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. 

Shawn Brackbill

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch interviews Yeasayer co-founder Anand Wilder about his indie Appalachian musical “Break Line." The record features musicians from major indie/alt bands like Chairlift, MGMT, and Vampire Weekend, and the musical itself is inspired by West Virginia’s coal mining past. If you’re a fan of indie rock collaborations and classic rock operas, this interview is recommended for you.

Each week, “A Change of Tune” host Joni Deutsch chats with up-and-coming artists and gives Spotify-like music recommendations in a feature called “Recommended If You Like.” This week, Joni interviews London-based ethereal pop group Woman's Hour's Fiona Jane Burgess (vocals) about the songwriting process, 90's musicians, and the band’s new record, Conversations. If you like the swoon-worthy melodies of Beach House, this band and interview are recommended for you.

Brian Blauser

Celebrate the weekend with a pair of performances that share a common Drive-By Truckers thread, courtesy 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 and they'll alternate order each night.

Brian Blauser

Want to celebrate musicians' birthdays late at night from the comfort of your home but don't know how? This weekend's "Mountain Stage After Midnight" performances have got you covered. Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Radio, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" takes the best performances from Mountain Stage's 31 year history and shares them with our late night listeners.

Christoph Prevost

Each week, “A Change of Tune” host Joni Deutsch will chat with up-and-coming artists and give Spotify-like music recommendations in a feature called “Recommended If You Like.” This week, Joni interviews Vancouver-based indie pop band Young Liars’ Jordan Raine (vocals, guitar) and Ty Badali (drums, percussion) about comic books, Madonna covers, and the band’s new record, Tidal Wave. If you’re a fan of Two Door Cinema Club, this band and interview are recommended for you.

Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Need the perfect soundtrack for your late nites/early mornings? Why not tune your radio dials to "Mountain Stage After Midnight," broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Radio.

Headjam

Each week, “A Change of Tune” host Joni Deutsch will have one-on-one conversations with emerging talents and give Spotify-like music recommendations in a feature called “Recommended If You Like.” This week, Joni interviews Australia indie folk band Boy & Bear’s Jon Hart (vocals, mandolin, keyboard) about Americana music, the official “Twilight” movie soundtrack, and the band’s new record, “Harlequin Dream.” If you like Mumford & Sons, this band and interview are recommended for you.

Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

In the mood for some great late night jams? Look no further than this weekend's pair of "Mountain Stage After Midnight" performances, broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Radio.

Leigh Righton

Every week, “A Change of Tune” host Joni Deutsch will have one-on-one conversations with emerging talents and give Spotify-like music recommendations in a new feature called “Recommended If You Like.” This week we'll hear from Vancouver-based band The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer’s Shawn Hull (aka “The Harpoonist) about the state of the music industry, fan experiences, and the band’s new record, “A Real Fine Mess.” If you like The Black Keys, this band and interview are recommended for you.

David Freeman

Hello! My name is Joni Deutsch, and you may have heard my voice on West Virginia Public Radio or seen my curly-haired self at the merchandise table at Mountain Stage shows. I’m absolutely excited to announce that my new music program, “A Change of Tune,” is debuting on West Virginia Public Radio this Saturday night from 10-11 PM. I know there’s been a lot of talk recently about schedule changes and questions about “that Deutsch girl,” so I thought I’d take a moment to tell you a little more about myself and why my show is an entirely different radio experience.

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