New Music Show
1:06 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

What is 'A Change of Tune'?

Host Joni Deutsch
Credit David Freeman

Hello! My name is Joni Deutsch, and you may have heard my voice on West Virginia Public Radio or seen my curly-haired self at the merchandise table at Mountain Stage shows. I’m absolutely excited to announce that my new music program, “A Change of Tune,” is debuting on West Virginia Public Radio this Saturday night from 10-11 PM. I know there’s been a lot of talk recently about schedule changes and questions about “that Deutsch girl,” so I thought I’d take a moment to tell you a little more about myself and why my show is an entirely different radio experience.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
3:16 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight- July 5 & 6

The Indigo Girls from 2009. Hear this episode this weekend on MS After Midnight.
Brian Blauser

The July 4 weekend brings about a new way of hearing Mountain Stage as we present "Mountain Stage After Midnight," from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on WV Public Radio. It's all part of the improved radio schedule that we know you'll appreciate, and we're excited to be sharing the greatest episodes from our 31 year history with our late-night listeners.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
3:34 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Hear The Black Lillies Perform "Gold and Roses" Live on Mountain Stage

The Black Lillies, Live on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

The Black Lillies' signature mix of roots rock and and Appalachian music has earned them a loyal following at festivals across the southeast and beyond. They can be heard on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, with their song "Gold and Roses."

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West Virginia Morning
8:29 am
Tue July 1, 2014

A Marshall Football Player Tries the Pros Up North and Promoting Clean Watersheds

Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power are asking the state Public Service Commission to approve a 17 percent rate hike for their West Virginia customers. Gov. Tomblin appoints a new head to the state School Building authority. A Marshall University player uses his failure to be drafted in the National Football League as motivation to make it in the pros in Canada and a southern West Virginia educators is teaching her students about the important connection between clean watersheds and clean drinking water.

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New shows added to weekends
11:50 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

West Virginia Public Radio Announces New Program Schedule

West Virginia Public Radio is making enhancements to the weekend schedule, offering several new programs and changing the times of others. Check out the full schedule here.

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88.5 FM
10:03 am
Sat June 28, 2014

WVPB Radio Restored

8:55 a.m. -- 88.5 FM Charleston is now operational. Thank you again for your patience while we resolved this issue.

7:54 a.m. -- West Virginia Public Radio at 88.5/Charleston is off the air. We are working to restore signal as soon as possible. Listeners in the area may be able to tune to our 89.9 signal in the meantime.Our engineers are rushing to fix the problem. Thank you for your patience.

You can still listen via the Internet, here at, or listen to us on iTunes radio or the TuneIn app for the NPR app.

West Virginia Morning
9:26 am
Fri June 27, 2014

More on the History of Wheeling's Name, High School Students Learn Conservation & Jason Isbell

We  hear what author Alan Fitzpatrick was able to uncover in his search in the mystery of how Wheeling got its name. The Student Climate and Conservation Conference asks the question: How are we as global citizens going to bring back and contribute to our schools and communities? Also, Jason Isbell performs "Traveling Alone" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

West Virginia Morning
8:44 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Wheeling's Dark History (and Name), Arts and Bots, & A Scavenger Hunt for Charleston Culture

In Wheeling writer Alan Fitzpatrick's new book, A Place of Skulls, he says the city has a dark history. Kids from the surrounding areas were in Huntington this week taking part in Arts and Bots: Exploring Robotics and the Arts. Also, the sharpest eighth graders in social studies and arts from various counties participate in a scavenger hunt in downtown Charleston.

10:53 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Hear Jason Isbell Play "Traveling Alone" Live on Mountain Stage

Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

Accompanied by his wife Amanda Shires on fiddle, Alabama-born singer-songwriter Jason Isbell performs "Traveling Alone," as heard on his acclaimed album "Southeastern."

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West Virginia Morning
8:40 am
Wed June 25, 2014

State BOE Picks Interim Superintendent, Infusing Technology, Morgantown's Industrial Traffic & More

West Virginia Board of Education members unanimously approved a new schools chief who will take the post starting next week. A three-day conference hosted by the West Virginia Center for Professional Development aims to encourage educators to learn how to effectively teach in a digital age. There’s a growing number of people in Morgantown that want the city to do something about the industrial truck traffic moving through downtown.

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West Virginia Morning
8:49 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Studying Morgantown's Air Pollution, The Future of Higher Ed & An Experiment with W.Va. Hops

For the first time, an inventory of how much greenhouse gas is entering the air in Morgantown has been compiled. Recently, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission approved tuition increases for several colleges and universities but they come at a time when enrollment is down.  As the craft beer industry has taken off, West Virginia State University- through a grant with the state agriculture department- is studying whether local farmers can benefit from the burgeoning beer industry by growing hops for the brewers to use.

West Virginia Morning
9:33 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Education Association Meets, Boys State Ponders What's Next, West Virginia? & Tandanus Tropicanus

West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee will be one of the educators at a national meeting discussing education issues such as Common Core State Standards, and standardized testing. This year, Boys State focused on the nonpartisan, statewide initiative, What’s Next,West Virginia?  The young men at Boys State had a great deal to add to a conversation on positive change in West Virginia during a 45 minute discussion in Charleston. A West Virginia University researcher has made an important new discovery on the other side of the world. 

West Virginia Morning
8:14 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Marshall's Health Care Pipeline, Celebrating West Virginia Day & Lucius on Mountain Stage

High School students focused on the fields of science, technology, engineering and math this week as part of  Marshall University's Health Care Pipeline Initiative. We celebrate West Virginia's 151st birthday with a segment from our award-winning documentary, West Virginia 150: Commemorating Statehood. Also, Lucius performs "Turn it Around" on this Mountain Stage song of the week. 

West Virginia Morning
8:45 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Studying Juvenile Justice, Matewan Looks for Grant Funding & Morgantown Presents Children's Theatre

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and other state officials announce a partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts to study and improve the state's juvenile justice system. As part of the Turn This Town Around project, Matewan hopes grant funding can help revitalize the community. Also, as part of West Virginia University's School of Theatre and Dance, Morgantown's Repertory Theatre presents an original children's program, The Unlikely Princess.

10:35 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Mountain Stage Staff Music Picks: Lucius Plays "Turn it Around"

Mountain Stage Assistant Producer Vasilia Scouras Loves Lucius
Josh Saul

Earlier in the year, Mountain Stage staffers each picked a single performance to be featured as bonus content on the "best of" USB drives that are given away as pledge premiums. Associate Producer Vasilia Scouras chose "Turn it Around" by Lucius.

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West Virginia Morning
8:26 am
Wed June 18, 2014

State Police Children's Unit Expansion Halted, Concerns Over Fayette Waste Disposal & More

The West Virginia State Police hoped to expand their Crimes Against Children Unity but a line item veto from Gov. Tomblin has halted that expansion. The West Virginia Environmental Quality Board is reviewing an order issued by the DEP that revokes a waste disposal permit in Fayette County. Also, the towns of Matewan and Grafton will have grant funding as part of their participation in the Turn This Town Around project.  

West Virginia Morning
8:40 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Corrections Trying to Implement Inmate Programs, The Export-Import Bank & Acid Mine Drainage Pottery

A legislative interim committee overseeing the state’s jails and prisons was updated on a bill passed this year intended to help reduce the state’s incarcerated population. Those attending an event at the Culture Center in Charleston Monday learned more about how the Export-Import Bank might help their small businesses succeed. Pollution can be catastrophic to water supplies but one Concord University art professor recycles the pollutant hails for his pottery.

West Virginia Morning
8:43 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Registration Opens for Above Ground Storage Tanks, Retiring Superintendent Gives Final Report & More

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection opens up registration for above ground storage tanks. State Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Phares presents his final report to the Board of Education and outlines recommendations for future success. Also, the city of Huntington plans to provide free internet for a year.

Mountain Stage Radio Preview
2:32 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Listen to Mountain Stage with Guest Host Tim O'Brien This Sunday

Special Guest Host TIm O'Brien on Mountain Stage
Josh Saul

We hope you can tune in this Sunday at 2 pm to hear the first ever episode of Mountain Stage to feature a guest host - our oldest and dearest friend, Americana icon and West Virginia native Tim O'Brien. Rodney Crowell is there, along with The Infamous Stringdusters, Elephant Revival, Tattletale Saints, and another band with deep West Virginia Roots, The Sea The Sea.

Thanks for listening!

West Virginia Morning
9:38 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Outlines Success in Reducing Prison Populations, Wilderness Medicine, 'The Blob' & More

It’s only been a little over a year since Governor Tomblin signed the Justice Reinvestment Act into law, but the state is already seeing tremendous decreases in the number of people in prison. College students from all over the region visited Marshall this week to find out if the field of medicine was meant for them.  At this year's FestivALL, Charleston’s Contemporary Youth Arts Company their own adaptation of the classic 1958 film The Blob in the form of a musical.  Also, Rodney Crowell performs "Moving Work of Art" in this Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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