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Brian Blauser

Holly Williams’ lineage is bonafide country royalty: her father is Hank Jr. and her grandfather is Hank Sr. But as a singer-songwriter, her voice is all her own, as you'll hear in the song "Drinkin'," from her acclaimed album The Highway.

It was rush hour, and the bridge was packed with cars. Thirty-one vehicles plunged into the icy waters of the Ohio River.
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Eventually, Shoney’s would become the largest Big Boy franchise in the country.
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Scott Simons

Indie/alternative sleigh bells ring; are you listening? To celebrate this winter wonderland of a season, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch chatted with some holiday music hitmakers. Since Chanukah is just around the corner (December 16, to be exact), it only made sense to go to TeamMate frontman Scott Simons, the Bridgeport, West Virginia-native behind such poppy holiday classics as “Chanukah in West Virginia” and “I Won’t be Home for Chanukah.” Needless to say, Simons’ tunes are a breath of fresh air compared to Adam Sandler’s typical Chanukah fare.

During World War II, Lorentz made hundreds of training films for pilots who were flying previously uncharted routes around the world.
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After attending West Virginia Wesleyan College for a year, he transferred to West Virginia University, where he wrote stories for West Virginia Moonshine magazine. At the age of 20, he moved to New York City and began writing for some of the nation’s most popular magazines.

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Move over, Santa! Greensky Bluegrass and Hot Club of Cowtown are com'n to town this winter. Since Mountain Stage just announced that it's bringing the pair to Charleston in January, this weekend's "Mountain Stage After Midnight" will get you bounce'n in your bobsleds before the bands hit the stage.

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It's not stretch to call Catherine Russell one of the most respected and versatile singers working today.

In 1911, when “Devil Anse” was 72, Garrett finally convinced the feudist to convert to Christianity.
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Over the years, the performers who have recorded Wheeler’s songs read like a Who’s Who of country music.
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Blenko Glass also manufactures trophies for the annual Country Music Awards.
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Glassmaker William Blenko was born in England on December 8, 1854. In his late thirties, he immigrated to the United States and tried to produce stained glass for a living. Unfortunately, business after business failed—until he wound up in the Cabell County town of Milton in 1921.

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Indie/alternative sleigh bells ring; are you listening? To celebrate this winter wonderland of a season, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch chatted with holiday music hitmakers. First up: Gareth David, otherwise known as the frontman and glockenspiel player for seminal British indie rock band Los Campesinos! The band just released A Los Campesinos!

His first plows sold for between $150 and $175.
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Salvation Army officials thought Fuller was wielding too much power and was insubordinate.
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Since Max Hatt and Edda Glass were recently crowned the winners of the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest (congrads to the jazzy duo!), this week's "Mountain Stage After Midnight" features some amazing NewSong alumni. 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.

Brian Blauser

First Family of the Banjo Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn return to Mountain Stage this week, with songs from the first album they've recorded together as a duo.

Rumsey had tinkered with his invention for years, but he’d struggled to find financial backing.
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The Charles Town Race Track opened in Jefferson County on December 2, 1933.
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Burnside, who had been Reese’s political science teacher at Marshall College, later hired Reese as a congressional aide.

Although, Washington and Jefferson still had their number, shutting them out seven more times.
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On November 28, 1891, West Virginia University played its first football game ever. The contest didn’t go as hoped. About 250 fans showed up at a field south of Morgantown to watch Washington and Jefferson shut out WVU 72 to 0.

Purinton returned in 1901 as WVU’s president and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
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Daniel B. Purinton died in Morgantown on November 27, 1933. A native of Preston County, he was one of West Virginia University’s early graduates. He earned a bachelor of arts from the school in 1873 and a master of arts in 1876. He later received a doctorate from the University of Nashville.

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