Radio Announces Program Changes for the New Year

Dec 19, 2016

West Virginia Public Broadcasting is proud to announce a new program from America’s Test Kitchen (ATK) founder Christopher Kimball, Milk Street Radio. With ATK ceasing production of its radio show (television will continue) at year-end, the timing of Kimball’s new adventure couldn’t be more perfect.

Christopher Kimball, host of the new Milk Street Radio

The wide world of food is coming to Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Radio and in turn, to foodies everywhere. From street food in Thailand to a bakery in a Syrian refugee camp to how one scientist uses state of the art pollen analysis to track the origins of honey (and also to solve crimes), Milk Street Radio goes anywhere and everywhere to ask questions and get answers about cooking, food, culture, wine, farming, restaurants, literature, and the lives and cultures of the people who grow, produce, and create the food we eat.

With a four-star cast of contributors, the long-time public TV and radio host brings Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Radio to West Virginia Public Broadcasting beginning January 1, 2017. The program will air Sundays at 3pm.

Former West Virginian Bridget Lancaster and other ATK personalities will join Lynne Rossetto Kasper to share practical, hands-on culinary expertise on The Splendid Table, which airs Sundays at 2pm.

On Monday nights, due to its unfortunate mid-season cessation of production and distribution, another program change has occurred with World of Opera.

Director of Programming Kristi George explained, “After we got over the surprise, we learned that the source of live opera performances, the European Broadcasting Union, was no longer able to provide them.”

George added, “We were assured that numerous options for continuing the program were explored, but none had been fruitful.”

WVPB will air holiday specials with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to round out the remaining Mondays in December. Then beginning in January, the BBC World Service will air from 9pm throughout the night.

Be sure to check out our other holiday specials too.

As we move forward, we are heartened by other opportunities for opera fans and invite you to join West Virginia Public Broadcasting in supporting them.

A variety of music options - including opera and classical music – is available to our television audience. Among these are Great Performances and Live from Lincoln Center. Program schedules for the West Virginia Public Broadcasting Television Network and the WV Channel can be found here.

Live statewide events for the Met are being held through May. The Met’s 11th season of Live in HD is transmitted live in high-definition cinema simulcasts at three area locations: Huntington Mall - Barboursville, Nitro Stadium 12, and Morgantown Stadium 12. The 2016-2017 schedule includes the following:

  • January 7, 2017 – NABUCCO (Verdi) -- Live in HD start time: 12:55 p.m. ET (Encore: January 11 at 6:30 p.m. local time) Approx. runtime: 3:04
  • January 21 – ROMÉO ET JULIETTE (Gounod) – New Production -- Live in HD start time: 12:55 p.m. ET (Encore: January 25 at 6:30 p.m. local time) Approx. runtime: 3:29
  • February 25 – RUSALKA (Dvořák) – New Production -- Live in HD start time: 12:55 p.m. ET (Encore: March 1 at 6:30 p.m. local time) Approx. runtime: 4:05
  • March 11 – LA TRAVIATA (Verdi) -- Live in HD start time: 12:55 p.m. ET (Encore: March 15 at 6:30 p.m. local time) Approx. runtime: 2:54
  • March 25 – IDOMENEO (Mozart) -- Live in HD start time: 12:55 p.m. ET (Encore: March 29 at 6:30 p.m. local time) Approx. runtime: 4:18
  • April 22 – EUGENE ONEGIN (Tchaikovsky) -- Live in HD start time: 12:55 p.m. ET (Encore: April 26 at 6:30 p.m. local time) Approx. runtime: 3:57
  • May 13 – DER ROSENKAVALIER (R. Strauss) – New Production -- Live in HD start time: 12:30 p.m. ET (Encore: May 17 at 6:30 p.m. local time) Approx. runtime: 4:47

Marilyn DiVita, Director of Development and Marketing, states, “Between the quality of the Met’s award-winning HD broadcasts at local cinemas and the playbills provided by the Friends of West Virginia Public Broadcasting at each event, it’s almost like being at the Met in New York City. 

“Thanks to the volunteer efforts of the Friends, we are pleased to again offer a limited number of complimentary movie theater passes to the Met event.”

For more information about the operas, including casts, synopses, and videos, visit The Met.

For more details on these changes, please see our FAQs.