Arts & Culture

The Charleston Tennis Club

Thirty years ago this week, a Charleston native caused a sensation when she played her first round at the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Club near London.  In 1985, the 24 year old White wore a body suit.

Glynis Board / WVPB

Scattered across the state, often just under the surface veneer of West Virginia, buried evidence exists of communities and times gone by. Nowhere is that more obvious than in Moundsville at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex. The curators there work daily next to a giant Adena Indian burial mound, preserving artifacts found over the years throughout the state.

Since July 2014, A Change of Tune has vowed to never play the same exact song twice. Why? Because we like the challenge of playing new and exciting music each week, not to mention the fact that we want to give our listeners a music discovery experience every time they listen.


But this weekend, we’re flipping the script.

Marshall University

Marshall University has three new degree programs that will go along with the university's new engineering facility, set to open this fall.

The Herald-Dispatch reports that Marshall's Board of Governors approved the addition of the three engineering-based degrees, as well as the elimination of a business degree, during its regular meeting Wednesday.

Farm Security Administration

This weekend, the Tygart Valley Homestead School celebrated the 75th anniversary of the first graduating class.

We Remember Elmer Rich

Jun 27, 2015
Andrew Carroll / Augusta Heritage Center

95-year-old Elmer Rich, a famous old-time fiddler, died this past June 20th, West Virginia Day, at his home in Westover, West Virginia. He’ll be missed throughout these old hills.

Christine Cover

Appalachia has certainly been stereotyped by many people in the media. But not all storytellers are the same, and the stories that are told about Appalachia are often complicated with layers of misunderstandings. 

It takes time, compassion and perhaps an inside perspective to delve deep and do justice to the people affected by the story. So much of this type of work- that which is reshaping how Appalachia is portrayed- is being rendered by women in the media.

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

When you think of something being solar powered, what do you picture? Solar panels on roofs, bridges, in fields, maybe you think of solar cars. But what about a solar musician?

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

What if I told you that Neko Case, Vic Chesnutt, Colin Hay and The Proclaimers took the same stage years ago? And what if I told you that it all happened in good ol' Charleston, WV. Don’t believe me? Hear it for yourself this weekend on Mountain Stage After Midnight.

Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Broadcasting, 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.

WVPB's Beth Vorhees Among Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

Jun 23, 2015

Ten people have been named to the West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame, including WVPB News Director Beth Vorhees.

The 2015 class of inductees includes Vorhees, MetroNews broadcaster Hoppy Kercheval, retired West Virginia Public Broadcasting executive director Dennis Adkins and ESPN regional sportscaster Frank Giardina.

Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort is cutting 50 days from its 2015 racing schedule to avoid lowering average daily purses.

Mountaineer director of racing Rose Mary Williams tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register that the move will keep purses at the same level.


Wheeling has erected a statue of West Virginia's founding father, Francis H. Pierpont, at the site of the state's birthplace.

 City officials unveiled the 1,200-pound bronze statue outside Independence Hall on Saturday, West Virginia's 152 birthday.

Pierpont served as governor of the Reorganized Government of Virginia which was formed in 1861 during the Second Wheeling Convention at Independence Hall. He served as governor until 1863, when West Virginia became a state.

Travelin' Appalachian Tour Showcases Local Artists

Jun 18, 2015
Jade Artherhults

A group of friends from all around West Virginia have come together to form the Travelin' Appalachians Revue, a celebration of local writers, musicians and artists.

Co-founders Tyler Grady and Howard Parsons set out to show Appalachia in a different light with their tour, Tales of Tribulations and Turpitude. Grady and Parsons handpicked musicians, writers, poets and other artists to showcase in a series of events across the state.

When it came to choosing artists to showcase on their first tour, Grady said their friends were the first to come to mind.  

"These are guys who have been honing songwriting as a craft," Grady said.

Let's Talk #WVmusic

Jun 18, 2015
Joni Deutsch

Hey, West Virginia. It's me, Joni Deutsch, your friendly neighborhood public radio host. You have a second to talk #WVmusic? Cool? Cool.

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Saturday is West Virginia Day! In our opinion, the best way to celebrate the Mountain State of West Virginia is with some music from…. well… you know… Mountain Stage.

Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Broadcasting, 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.

Tune in this Saturday June 21 and Sunday June 22 for some archived music goodness on Mountain Stage After Midnight.

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A new 8-part miniseries filmed mostly in West Virginia comes to TVs across the country Monday. It’s from producer Stephen David, who won two Emmys for The Men Who Built America.

Derek Cline

Despite stereotypes, Appalachians don’t have a homogenous way of speaking. This week, we’re excited to share lots of Appalachian voices as we explore the complex aspects of the way we talk.

KaiL Baxley

If you’ve ever gone to (and you should, it’s the official website for South Carolina retro folk singer KaiL Baxley), you’ll see this quote from The Huffington Post: “He is a musical nomad that tells his tales in his music and his tales are some of the most fascinating you will hear.”

Larry Dowling / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Step into any of West Virginia’s 11 craft breweries Friday and you’re bound to feel a bit of a celebratory vibe. That’s because a new law goes into effect that brewers hope will drive more business their way and expand the state’s growing craft beer industry even further.


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Hundreds of people will converge this weekend at Big Bear Lake Trail Center in northern West Virginia for an annual endurance mountain bike race.

“This is our 6th year of doing the Big Bear Lake 2 x 12, which  is a two-person team relay race racing on 12-mile, single-track loops,” said Jeff Simcoe, the race promoter and the recreation land manager at the Big Bear Lake Trail Center.