joy to the world

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Second night of Joy to the World with Bob Thompson feat. Landau Eugene Murphy, Junior added Friday, December 15. Tickets on-sale Friday November 17 at 10 a.m.

Tickets go on sale Friday, November 3 at 10 a.m.

Discover our holiday line-up of radio specials. 

Josh Nibert

Since the show began almost two years ago, A Change of Tune has highlighted some of the best up-and-coming artists out of these West Virginia hills with podcast-y chats ranging from Ona to Qiet, Sean Richardson to Jordan Andrew Jefferson and beyond.

But those interviews have been a bit infrequent, and since West Virginia Day was this month (and with A Change of Tune’s second birthday on the horizon), we thought we’d do something special: 30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews that range from Morgantown alt-rockers and Parkersburg singer-songwriters to West Virginia music venues and regional artist management and beyond, all of which contribute to this state’s wild and wonderful music scene.

Josh Saul

Missed seeing this year’s live performance of Joy to the World with Bob Thompson and guest vocalist Lena Seikaly? No humbugs here!  You can watch it this Sunday, December 20 on WVPB television (7pm on WVPB HD and 11pm on WVPB-2).

Joy to the World Christmas Day Marathon | 2015

Dec 14, 2015

This season's premiere broadcast of Joy to the World featuring vocalist Mollie O’Brien can be heard on West Virginia Public Broadcasting Thursday, December 24 at 8 p.m.

If you missed this year's live performance of Joy to the World with Mollie O'Brien and Bob Thompson, don't worry! You can watch it right here.

It's a great jazzy performance of some of your holiday favorites, such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and songs that are sure to become favorites, such as Cool Yule.

Maria Sellis

This season's premiere broadcast of Joy to the World featuring vocalist Heather Masse can be heard on West Virginia Public Broadcasting Tuesday, December 23 at 9pm, Wednesday December 24 at 9pm, and Thursday, December 25 at 3pm. The 21st annual holiday jazz show was recorded last December when the production went on the road for the first time, recording shows in Charleston, Elkins and Morgantown, WV .

Welcome to a special holiday episode of Inside Appalachia, featuring music by The Sweetback Sisters, with their album Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular, 2012, and Bob Thompson's More Joy to the World, 2007.

Hip Hop from the Hill Top / Calls from Home

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, the state board of education listens to teachers for their views on the curriculum known as Common Core.  And Glynis Board sits down with singer Mollie O’Brien and pianist Bob Thompson to talk about their Joy to the World holiday concert tour of the state.

Wheeling-native and vocalist Mollie O’Brien joins pianist Bob Thompson in his annual Joy to the World Christmastime concert.  For a second year, Thompson is taking the show on the West Virginian roads:

  • Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. - Culture Center Theater in Charleston. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, if available. All seats are General Admission. Call (800) 594-TIXX (8499), visit Taylor Books at 226 Capitol Street in Charleston, or go online.
  • Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. - Presented by Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation- Capitol Theatre, 1015 Main Street, Wheeling. Tickets are $32, $26.50, $21.50, assigned seating. Call (800) 514-3849, visit WesBanco Arena, 2 14th St, Wheeling or go online to capitoltheatrewheeling.com
  • Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. – Presented by the Beckley Concert Association -  Woodrow Wilson Auditorium in Beckley. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, General Admission. Call (304) 253-3535 or go online to BeckleyConcerts.org. Season Tickets to Beckley Concert Association are also available.

Joy to the World All Christmas Day on WV Public Radio

Dec 24, 2013
Joy to the World 2013 Bob Thompson welcomes renowned vocalist Catherine Russell
Brian Blauser

All Joy All Day Christmas -- Sixteen hours of holiday jazz music to unwrap your presents and enjoy with your family. Bob Thompson’s guests will include Dwight Lennox, Kim Nalley, Tom Lellis, Diane Marino, and others.

Here is the guest lineup:

Joy to the World 2004 with Bob Thompson
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  Enjoy this version of Angels We Have Heard On High, performed by Bob Thompson and the Bob Thompson Unit. It was recorded live during our annual Joy to the World holiday concert.

Rick Haye, Marshall University Communications

Lawmakers continue to address the issue of student achievement with new or updated programs, a Marshall University professor investigates how power outages affect the elderly, our friends at Traveling 219 bring us a report on Tucker County clock maker Doyle Kisner, and jazz pianist Bob Thompson takes his holiday tradition, 'Joy To The World' on the road around West Virginia for the first time.

Listen to Joy to the World 2011 on Dec. 12 at 9 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio

Recorded in 2010, this evening's Joy to the World radio program features special guest vocalist Kim Nalley; Named one of the “Ten Most Influential African Americans in the Bay Area,” Nalley has an international reputation as one of the world’s best jazz & blues vocalists.

Special New Year's Programming for Radio Fans

Nov 30, 2013

Mark your calendars for these special programs  from West Virginia Public Radio. We'll help you celebrate the year than was and  ring in the new one.

Let us know what you think about these shows! Go to our Facebook page, tweet us or e-mail feedback@wvpublic.org.

New Year's Eve

9 a.m. -- Inside Appalachia Year in Review

10 a.m. -- Former Governors Caperton and Wise on the Future of Education