Arts & Culture

Mountain Stage After Midnight
7:13 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight: October 25 & 26

Wanda Jackson on Mountain Stage in 2011.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Why not celebrate two legendary singers' birthdays with two great Mountain Stage performances? 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.

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Inside Appalachia
4:55 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Celebrate Appalachian Storytelling with Tales of a Ghost Train, Wizard Clip & More

Credit Published by Constructive Publishing (Scanned cover of pulp magazine) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

This week, as we approach All Hallows Eve, we have dedicated the next hour to ghost tales and dark legends. Award winning writer, Scott McClanahan, remembers hearing scary tales while growing up in Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

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Arts & Culture
9:45 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Is It OK to Use That Word?

There's a new film festival being held this weekend in Lewisburg.  It will feature two films making their West Virginia premieres.  "Skeleton Twins" starring former Saturday Night Live stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig and "To Be Takei," featuring George Takei who played Mr. Sulu in the original TV "Star Trek" series but is now known for his gay and civil rights activism.
But the title of this film festival contains a certain word. For an explanation into the use of that word, Beth Vorhees went right to the film festival's director Tim Ward.

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Slab Fork native
4:58 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

WV Native Bill Withers Nominated For Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

WV native Bill Withers is a nominee for the 2015 Class of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
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West Virginia native Bill Withers is among the first-time nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The 76-year-old Raleigh County-native was born in Slab Fork and is best known for several R&B and pop songs in the 1970s and 1980s. Those songs include "Ain't No Sunshine," ''Just the Two of Us," and "Lean on Me."

He's one of 6 of the 15 nominees for the hall's Class of 2015 announced last week that are on the ballot for the first time. Other new nominees include the punk trio Green Day, Sting and the rockers Nine Inch Nails.

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Recommended If You Like: Longform Folk-Pop
10:35 am
Fri October 17, 2014

'A Change of Tune' Interviews The Barr Brothers

The Barr Brothers
Credit John Londono

 

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch interviews Andrew Barr of The Barr Brothers, an up-and-coming Canadian quartet with roots in American folk, African desert, Delta blues and classical string, to say the least. The band's newest record, Sleeping Operator, just goes to prove that The Barr Brothers are the Ra Ra Riot of transcendental folk. Check out the interview below to learn more about the band, their longform music style and their connections to alt music friends The War on Drugs and of Montreal. If you're a fan of sprawling soundscapes that are as much warm as they are catchy (see: Bahamas), this interview and music are recommended for you.

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West Virginia Morning
8:15 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Revitalizing the Economy of Southern W.Va. and Studying Natural Gas

 Senate President Jeff Kessler announced the creation of SCORE, Southern Coalfields Organizing and Revitalizing their Economy, Thursday. The program will send a group of senators to the southern part of the state to hear from citizens about what they can do to revitalize the area's economy.

A West Virginia transplant in Doddridge County moved here to enjoy the rural area, but soon after, saw well pads being placed within sight of her home. Now, she invites scientists, students, and even reporters to come study the health affects of the activity from her home.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
10:12 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight: Listener's Choice!

You chose'em, so we're playing'em on "Mountain Stage After Midnight."
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

 

It was a Mountain Stage Radio Show match for the ages: Randy Newman vs. Robert Cray vs. Colin Hay vs. Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. Which performances would we choose for "Mountain Stage After Midnight?" Luckily, you made the tough call by voting for your favorite performances on Mountain Stage's Facebook, and now it's time to listen to the winners on this week's  "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.

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Appetite Appalachia
7:57 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Bloody Butcher Corn: From Field to Fork-Making Fresh Polenta at Cafe Cimino

Tim Urbanic's breakfast of Bloody Butcher Polenta (similar to grits), fried ham, cucumbers, and an omelet
Credit Roxy Todd

It's early morning around 6 am, and I'm standing with Chef Tim Urbanic in the kitchen of the Cafe Cimino Country Inn. Tim grew up in western Pennsylvania in a coal camp, and his mother, Julia Cimino, was a first generation Italian immigrant from Calabria.

“The polenta was a staple in our family. This is a polenta that I've known all my life, since I was a little kid. We add to this Romano cheese, fresh butter, and then we use water for the base.”

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WVU Sports
4:01 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Mountaineers Looking for Improved Effort

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As College Basketball Season nears, West Virginia University Head Coach Bob Huggins is hoping his team can take a step towards the top of the Big 12 Conference.

A year after finishing with 17 wins and 16 losses and a first round loss to Georgetown in the National Invitational Tournament, West Virginia University Basketball hopes with several new players things are better this season. The Mountaineers finished 6th in the Big 12 last season and are picked to finish in the same spot, sixth, according to the Big 12 preseason poll.

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Wildlife
10:14 am
Tue October 14, 2014

West Virginia DNR Begins Fall Trout Stockings

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Streams and lakes across West Virginia will be stocked with about 42,000 pounds of trout during the next two weeks.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources began its fall trout stockings on Tuesday. Trout stockings will continue next week. Nine lakes and 25 streams will be stocked.

Wildlife resources chief Curtis Taylor says in a news release that information about trout stockings will be posted first on the DNR's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wildlifewv , at 2:30 p.m. each day. The information will be posted on the DNR's website, www.wvdnr.gov, and on the Fishing Hotline, 304-558-3399, an hour later.

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Marshall Sports
3:48 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Marshall Enters College Football Polls

Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

For the first time since the final polls of the 2002 season, Marshall University Football is ranked in the top 25.

After a 49-24 win over Middle Tennessee State Saturday in Huntington, Marshall Football found itself ranked in both major polls Sunday. The Herd sits at 25th in the newest Associated Press College Football Poll and 24th in the newest Coaches Poll

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Recommended If You Like: Soulful Electro-Pop
10:07 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

'A Change of Tune' Interviews Madi Diaz

Madi Diaz
Credit Neil Krug

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch interviews Madi Diaz, an up-and-coming artist who creates upbeat electro-pop from some pretty heartbreaking experiences. Needles to say Madi's approach to pop on her latest record, Phantom, is nothing short of postmodern ear candy. Check out the interview below to learn more about Madi's new record and overall pop ambition. If you're a fan of post-breakup synth in the same vein as Charli XCX, this interview and music are recommended for you.

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Technology & Politics
1:12 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

These (Quasi) Anonymous Social Media Accounts Are Interjecting Themselves Into W.Va. Politics

If you’ve been watching West Virginia politics play out on social media this election season, you’ve probably noticed some pretty vitriolic rhetoric. Some of it comes from the usual suspects--like candidates and their parties. But, some of it--it’s not clear where it’s coming from. Not surprisingly, there are those who contribute to the state’s political discourse through the veil of anonymity.

Byrd's Finger: A Contractor for the Republican Party

When it comes to politics on Twitter, one of the most active accounts in West Virginia is Byrd’s Finger. It’s an obvious reference to the late Democratic senator Robert C. Byrd. But, there’s no question it’s coming from a Republican point of view.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
4:46 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight- October 11 & 12

The members of supergroup Red Horse (John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky, and Eliza Gilkyson) have appeared on Mountain Stage over 21 times, but never as a group until this 2011 performance.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Need to countrify your weekend? Of course you do, and that's why "Mountain Stage After Midnight" is here to help with performances from some amazing alt-country, bluegrass, and folk artists. 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.

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Arts & Culture
5:59 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Musicians Explore Connections Between Romanian and Appalachian Folk Music

Student and teacher from Constantin Brailoiu Music and Arts High School in Târgu Jiu, Romania
Credit Clay Center

On Thursday at the Clay Center in Charleston, four Romanian high school musicians and three of their teachers met with musicians from Wahama high school in Mason County. The students are participating in a year-long project exploring the connections between Appalachian and Romanian folk music.

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Marshall Sports
4:25 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Marshall Men’s Basketball Ready for 2014-2015 Season

Credit Adam Rogers

Marshall University Basketball is set to begin practice with new coach Dan D’Antoni.

A long coaching search in the spring began with rumors of Marshall trying to lure Mike D’Antoni away from his job with the NBA LA Lakers. And it ended with Marshall hiring Dan D’Antoni, Mike’s older brother and assistant with the Lakers. The need for a new coach was required after Tom Herrion resigned following an 11-22 season.

D’Antoni immediately put the team through an extensive off season program that saw many of the players lose considerable weight.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
11:57 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight- October 4 & 5

Ani DiFranco made her fourth appearance on Mountain Stage in 2008.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

What do you get when you mix two iconic singer-songwriters with a whole lot of good music? A little something called "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.

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Forest Festival
9:00 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Lost Tradition Returns to Mountain State Forest Festival

Credit Mountain State Forest Festival Facebook Page

The 78th Annual Mountain State Forest Festival is underway in Elkins this week. Amid this year’s festivities and fun, an old tradition is making a comeback.

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Heritage Day
10:49 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Mercer Co. School Celebrates Appalachian Heritage

Students listen to a monologue about the first settlers of Mercer County.

An event in Southern West Virginia was designed to give students a sense of place and pride. Athens Elementary hosted Appalachian Heritage Day on Friday.

Some presentations included home remedies, historical monologs, and more.

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Historic Preservation
6:03 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Fairmont Lights a Fire Under Historic Preservation Effort

Credit Courtesy Firehouse Cafe Facebook Page

The City of Fairmont is closer to moving forward on a downtown historic preservation project which officials hope will attract creative people and additional activity. Fairmont City Council officially accepted a State Historic Preservation Grant this week and filed a related covenant restricting how the building – the old city firehouse – can be used. The grant of nearly $50,000 will be matched by the city and will help pay for a new roof on the building.

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