Joni Deutsch Steps Up to the Host's Microphone

Sep 16, 2016

This weekend, Mountain Stage listeners will hear a new voice on the show as we welcome a very special guest host: Joni Deutsch.

The show, which was recorded June 26 at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, West Virginia, will feature live performances by dreamy indie poppers Lucius, acclaimed singer-songwriter Rachel Yamagata, New York-based rocker Margaret Glaspy, gothic blues artist Adia Victoria and West Virginia rock-and-roller William Matheny.

Find a station in your area here or tune in to West Virginia Public Broadcasting (the home of Mountain Stage) this Saturday, September 17 at 8 p.m. and again Friday, September 23 at 8 p.m.

“I was honored that Larry asked me to step in and guest host the show,” Joni Deutsch said. "Were it not for the support of Mountain Stage listeners over the last 32 years, our live performance program wouldn’t be here. I’m grateful to be a part of this team and for the continued support of our public radio audience.”

While it’s her first time hosting the program, Joni has worked with Mountain Stage for the past three years and currently acts as assistant producer for the program, announcing the opening and closing credits of the show, contributing to radio specials, and hosting the monthly Mountain Stage 2 Go podcast. If you’ve ever attended a live show, Joni is the first person you see on stage as she welcomes the audience before the recording begins.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s radio listeners may also know Joni Deutsch as the host of her own indie/alternative music program A Change of Tune, heard every Saturday night at 10 p.m., as well as the coordinator for West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s NPR Generation Listen events.

In over 870 episodes, Joni Deutsch is now the second person other than Larry Groce to host Mountain Stage after Tim O’Brien hosted in May of 2014.

"We're all very excited that Joni will be a guest host of Mountain Stage," said Larry Groce. "Her warm, welcoming and informed style is truly in the spirit of the show, and we know you'll enjoy her fresh presentation of 'Live Performance Music from the Mountain State'."

Stay tuned to Mountain Stage on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Tumblr) for the latest news, including the announcement of our next guest host.

For more live performances from Mountain Stage, catch up on our podcast, browse segments at NPR Music and watch performances on VuHaus.