Shawn Patterson

Director of Communications


Furniture Submissions Requested
10:22 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Antiques Roadshow Wants to Get Into Your Drawers!

Furniture Roundup for the August 16 Antiques Roadshow event in Charleston is going on now. Submit your photos by April 7.

Antiques Roadshow is seeking large pieces of furniture located within a 50-mile radius of Charleston, W.Va., to be included in the August 16 event at the Charleston Civic Center.

If your furniture is selected you’ll get two tickets to the show, and the Antiques Roadshow team will make arrangements to transport the furniture to the event and back at no cost to you!  The owner of the furniture must attend the event.  

Click here for complete furniture submission rules.

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Nominations Accepted Until March 27
2:05 pm
Sat March 8, 2014

Ten Friends Board Positions Open

The Friends of West Virginia Public Broadcasting helped organize a series of community events called "Let's Talk" during 2013. This is just one aspect of the duties of a Board member.

Nominations open March 8-27, 2014

The Board of Directors of The Friends of West Virginia Public Broadcasting is vital to strengthening local support for the organization’s mission. They are ambassadors in their community, leveraging their influence on behalf of public broadcasting. 

Live Performance in Charleston Coming in December!
9:12 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Guitarist Joe Bonamassa Treats Viewers to Four Set Lists

Joe Bonamassa will be coming to West Virginia in December. Watch the documentary about his music on March 8 at 8:30 p.m. on WV PBS

Watch Joe Bonamassa: Tour De Force - Live In London

Saturday, March 8 at 8:30 p.m. on WV PBS

This documentary chronicles Joe Bonamassa's atmospheric rise from the intimate club environment of The Borderline, to the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. Each individual evening was marked by a unique theme with different set lists, arrangements and ensembles providing the viewer with four unique performances.

Watch a preview here:

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Coming to Charleston on May 16
4:02 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

Brand New Celtic Woman Concert Celebrates Irish Heritage

Celtic Woman will be in Charleston on May 16 as part of its Emerald concert tour. Watch WV PBS on Monday, March 3 at 9 p.m.

Watch Celtic Woman: Emerald

Monday, March 3 at 9 p.m. on WV PBS

Celebrate the rich musical heritage of the Emerald Isles with Celtic Woman as they offer enchanting re-imagined versions of fan favorites from their treasure chest of Celtic songs. This family-friendly, one-of-a-kind interactive concert showcases the group’s sparkling pure voices, bewitching choreography and fairytale charms along with a group of world-class musicians, an Aontas Choir, bagpipers and championship Irish dancers.

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Talented musician is only 12 years old
1:30 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

Bortnick Coming to WV in May! Watch WV PBS for Ticket Opportunities

Ethan Bortnick will perform in Charleston on May 25. Watch his television concert on Sunday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. on WV PBS.

Watch Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power of Music

Sunday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. on WV PBS

In this special concert, 12-year-old composer, pianist, and entertainer Ethan Bortnick is accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra, four-piece band, and the 120-member Kids Choir.

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Spring 2014 Solar Outages
11:56 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Possible Solar Outages on WV Public Radio March 3-6

West Virginia Public Radio may experience solar outages March 3–6 at around 1:44 p.m. each day.   

A solar or sun transit outage is an electromagnetic phenomenon wherein a station downlink is temporarily unable to receive a satellite signal due to interference from the sun as it passes behind the satellite. (See illustration below.)

Solar outages occur on a predictable schedule and affect downlinks in the U.S. for about five consecutive days, for as much as six minutes a day, twice each year.

New episodes and online game
9:47 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Mark Dr. Seuss's Birthday with a Week-long Cat-Ebration!

A new one-hour show of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! debuts on WV PBS Monday, March 3 at 3 p.m.
Credit Courtesy of Series copyright 2010, CITH Productions, Inc. and Red Hat Animation, Limited. Underlying characters copyright 1957, 1985 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.

A special week of science-focused The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! kicks off with a new one-hour special on WV PBS, Monday March 3 at 3 p.m.

West Virginia PBS is celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a week of new adventures on The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, beginning with a one-hour special on Monday, March 3 at 3 p.m. (special time)

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On-air and online, PBS is essential
8:49 am
Wed February 26, 2014

PBS KIDS is a Vital Resource in Preparing Children for School

Parents Overwhelmingly Agree No Other Media Brand Meets Their Children's School Readiness Needs Like PBS KIDS

West Virginia PBS airs 11 hours of PBS KIDS programs each weekday and serves children and their families statewide through its Ready To Learn service.

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PBS is Also #1 in School Readiness
8:34 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Public Television Remains #1 as a Trusted Media Source

The 2014 study marks the 11th time in a row that PBS was called the nation’s most-trusted institution among a consideration set that includes courts of law, newspapers, and others.

Nationwide Research Confirms that PBS and Member Stations are America's Most Trusted Institution and an "Excellent" Use of Tax Dollars for 11th Consecutive Year.

During a time of significant increase in broadcast audience numbers and growing reach on digital platforms, PBS and its member stations were again named #1 in trust among nationally known institutions, and called an “excellent” use of tax dollars by the American public in a national poll for the 11th year in a row.

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Charleston/Huntington WV PBS Viewers
8:14 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Transmission Issues are Being Addressed

We realize that many viewers continue to have problems with WV PBS.

We ARE working on the problem and we thank you for your patience as we implement the solution.

Lately, many of our viewers, particularly those who are Suddenlink cable customers, are experiencing frequent reception issues with WV PBS. These issues include garbled audio, pictures breaking up and pictures freezing. We sincerely apologize for these irritations.

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Book Drive Results
3:48 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

531 Books Collected for Happy Valentine's Day Children's Book Drive

Books for kids of all ages are boxed up by West Virginia Public Broadcasting's David McClanahan for the 2014 Happy Valentine's Day Children's Book Drive.


We collected 531 books for children K-12 during the 2014 Happy Valentine's Day Children's Book Drive.

Employees of West Virginia Public Broadcasting and community members dropped off new and gently used books to our three offices in Morgantown, Beckley and Charleston as part of this annual drive conducted in partnership with The Charleston Gazette, the Children’s Home Society and Read Aloud West Virginia.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this a success!

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Annual Writers Contest
3:44 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

K-3 Writers, Send Us Your Best Work!

Entries are now being accepted for the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest, designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest is open to children in kindergarten, first, second and third grades and encourages them to celebrate their creativity while building literacy skills by writing and illustrating their own stories.

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WV PBS Instructional Television Service
11:02 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Building Up is the Only Way to Go in Crowded Cities

Shanghai Tower Aerial rendering. Super Skyscrapers "The Vertical City"
Credit Courtesy of Gensler

Super Skyscrapers is a four-part series airing Tuesdays in February on WV PBS Instructional Television Service at 1 p.m.

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The Law Works
10:22 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Experts Will Take Questions Concerning Water Safety in This One-Hour Special

Dan Ringer, host of The Law Works

Download the Word version.

Watch this program Thursday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. LIVE on WV PBS

Listen to the simulcast on West Virginia Public Radio

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February Schedule
11:14 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Teaching Channel Tackles Middle School Math and Science this Month

Teaching Channel Presents -- Teaching Channel is a video showcase -- on the Internet and TV -- of innovative and effective teaching practices in America’s schools.

Feb. 7: "Teaching ELA to the Core" -- We’ll drill down into the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and see teachers succeed, and stumble, as they work to incorporate material that not all students are ready to handle.

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Radio Pledge Drive a Success
7:00 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Chocolate Challenge Raises $109,135

Thanks to your generosity, West Virginia Public Broadcasting raised $109,135 during the 2014 Chocolate Challenge.

Congratulations also, to the drawing winners:

  • $500 Apple gift card -- Christopher & Melanie McClain of Beaver, WV
  • Holl's Chocolate for a year -- Kate Kerr of Wheelersburg, OH
  • $1,000 Amazon gift card -- Stephen Byrd of Morgantown, WV
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WV PBS Instructional Television Service
10:56 am
Sat February 1, 2014

From Under-achiever to Ph.D. Genius -- The Story of Stephen Hawking

Portrait of Stephen Hawking and his assistant Judith Croasdell in his office at DAMTP, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Cambridge.

Watch Hawking on WV PBS on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. as part of our Instructional Television Service

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WV PBS Instructional Television Service
10:53 am
Fri January 31, 2014

NOVA Investigates Bronze Age Murders Believed to Assure Fertility

Tollund Man, an Iron Age bog body, found in 1950 in a peat bog on the Jutland Peninsula in Denmark. The man's physical features were so well-preserved that he was mistaken at the time of discovery for a recent murder victim.
Credit Courtesy of © 360 Production Ltd

Ghosts of Murdered Kings from NOVA

Watch Monday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. on WV PBS as part of our Instructional Television Service

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Three episodes emphasize sportsmanship
7:42 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Gear Up for the Winter Olympics with Sesame Street

Telly and Coach Pogolyi train for the Pogo Games as Sesame Street presents three new episodes in honor of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Credit Sesame Workshop 2014

New episodes Feb. 3-7 on WV PBS, daily at 10 a.m.

In advance of the Winter Olympics, Sesame Street has partnered with Team USA and PBS Kids to celebrate and support the athletes. This week focuses on games, sports and sportsmanship.

Visit Sesame Street for Parents to learn more about using Sesame Street episodes in your daily life.

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Some equipment is 25 years old
11:14 am
Thu January 30, 2014

West Virginia Public Broadcasting receives grant to upgrade its Charleston television operation

These 25-year-old cameras will be replaced as part of the $750,000 USDA grant received by West Virginia Public Broadcasting to completely renovate its Charleston television studio.


Charleston, W.Va. – January 30, 2014 West Virginia Public Broadcasting has been awarded a $750,000 competitive grant to replace all the television equipment in its main Charleston studio. The upgrades will allow the organization to record and transmit locally produced programs in high definition.

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