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. Her work has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition and NPR Music's Heavy Rotation.

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. One year later, she became the program’s youngest, not to mention first female, guest host. In addition to her radio production work, Joni also acts as lead coordinator for West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s NPR Generation Listen initiative, successfully connecting young listeners to public radio through engaging events around West Virginia.

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 or new #WVmusic release, a hot cup of tea, and a shaggy Polish Lowland sheepdog by her side. 

Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

What goes best with Doctor Who's Season 8 premiere this weekend? A big ball of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey live performance radio!

  This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch interviews Alex Hwang (vocals, acoustic guitar) of indie folk group Run River North about the band's self-titled debut. The discussion also veers into the Korean-American band's connections to Honda, their definition of folk music, and how the group was influenced by, of all things, rap and hip-hop music. If you’re a fan of indie folk music with a twist, this interview is recommended for you.

Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Put down the mixtapes and turn on West Virginia Public Radio this weekend to hear the best live performance radio, 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.

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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