Storytellers

Storyteller Award
8:54 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Delivering West Virginia's Story

WVPB engineer Art Austin keeps a cool head, with or without a hat.

It’s easy to panic when a transmitter goes down. Engineer Art Austin keeps a cool head in the middle of that chaos, and that’s why he’s the August winner of WVPB’s Storyteller Award.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting maintains transmitters, translators, microwave links and other equipment at more than 30 sites. They stretch from Bluefield to Bethany, Logan to Lost River.

These transmitters and translators deliver our programs not just to old-fashioned aerial antennas. They also deliver our programs to cable and satellite systems throughout the state.

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Storyteller Award
1:53 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

The Rock of Our Development Department

Peggy Dorsey

  In each of our lives, we have a rock, someone we can depend on when times get tough. You know what I’m talking about: the eye of the hurricane, the wind beneath my wings, that sort of person.

In our development department, that person is Peggy Dorsey, our individual giving manager. For her dedication, Peggy is the recipient of this month’s Storyteller Award.

We are preparing for Peggy’s retirement this fall and her importance in our development efforts cannot be overstated. She makes sure everything gets done right and on time – pledge drives, premiums, letters, database updates, responses to member questions. Simply put, she does an amazing amount of work.

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Storyteller Award
4:07 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

This Employee Never Asks Anything in Return

Mailroom Dave, this month's Storyteller Award winner.

The winner of this month’s Storyteller Award is usually one of the first employees to arrive at our Charleston facility, and often one of the last to leave. He’s dependable, friendly, and does his job with a positive and fun attitude. His name is David McClanahan.

Since there are two David McClanahan’s in Charleston (the other is our Director of Engineering), we call him “Mailroom Dave.”

Mailroom Dave makes sure the building is clean and well-maintained, but he does a lot more, too, as our receptionist Sharon Dunlap attests:

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Storyteller Award
9:31 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Conquering The Snow, Telling Our Story

Larry Dowling conquers the snow on our roof in Morgantown
Credit Robin Mazza, West Virginia Public Broadcasting

It’s not always easy to tell West Virginia’s story. The weather can be harsh, and resources can be scarce.

So when an employee takes what could have been a miserable task and makes it fun...that’s deserving of special recognition. That’s why Larry Dowling is our Storyteller of the Month.

Dowling is a video director and producer in our Morgantown studios. Here’s how his fellow employee, Robin Mazza, explains what you’re seeing in this photo:

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Storyteller Award
6:00 am
Sat February 8, 2014

Reporters Shine During Water Crisis

Ashton Marra
Credit Cecelia Mason

This month’s Storyteller Award goes to a team who’ve worked together so much their names have become joined together: Dave and Ashton.

Dave Mistich is our digital editor; Ashton Marra is our statehouse reporter. And with guidance from news director Beth Vorhees, and major assistance from reporters all over the state, they’ve led our comprehensive and in-depth coverage of the water crisis.

Beth says it best – I have her message here:

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Storyteller Award
3:37 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Telling West Virginia's Story with Positive Energy

Jeff Sandner, right, and Classical Host Jim Lange having some fun in the studio.

Every month, we recognize an employee or volunteer who goes out of their way to help “tell West Virginia’s story.”

This month, our Storyteller Award goes to an employee whose positive attitude and endless energy makes him a joy to work with: Jeff Sandner.

You might know Sandner as our “All Things Considered” host on West Virginia Public Radio. It’s a tough job for one person – newscasts, spots, underwriters, etc. Jeff does it with excellence and with a smile on his face every day.

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Poem
5:17 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

12 Days AFTER Christmas

What does one do with 7 swans a-swimming?
Credit wikimedia commons

The 12 Days of Christmas is a popular holiday song. But have you ever really thought about the gifts that person gave? What does one do with 7 swans a-swimming?

Actress and storyteller Karen Vuranch of Fayetteville believes she knows what a smart, resilient Appalachian woman would do with such gifts!

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Storytelling
11:44 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Always Room For One More

Karen Vuranch of Beckley.

Storyteller, playwright and actress Karen Vuranch of Fayetteville has toured internationally - sharing the area's rich Appalachian culture and history.

Here she shares a favorite Christmas story based on a traditional Scottish ballad.

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storytelling
11:44 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Close Your Eyes and Imagine Christmases Past

Christmas time in the Appalachian Mountains.
Credit Anna Kucsma

Here's a glimpse into Christmases past -

Fayetteville actress, playwright, and historian Karen Vuranch brings us a lovely passage from a piece written by Richard Matteson called Christmas in the Appalachian Mountains.
 

It's a time when snow glistened across the roof of a small log cabin perched on a rocky slope, and smoke swirled out of a chimney from the old pot-bellied stove.

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Storyteller Award
9:40 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Check Out the Winner of Our New Award

Sometimes, it takes a village to tell a story. Our new award recognizes employees and volunteers who help tell West Virginia's story.

There are some people at West Virginia Public Broadcasting that you probably know – Beth Vorhees, Jim Lange, Suzanne Higgins, etc. That’s because they’re great talents, and they are the people you see on screen and hear on air.

And then, there are lots of folks here you don’t know – but are just as important to making sure we can tell the true story of West Virginia.

Today, we’re instituting a new monthly award to recognize an employee or volunteer at West Virginia Public Broadcasting who goes above and beyond the call of duty.

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Story Teller
10:16 am
Tue October 8, 2013

New CD tells a mountain’s story before strip mining comes

Story telling is an old art form in Appalachia. One West Virginia story teller’s newest project, a CD of music and stories entitled The Mountain Came Alive, attempts to modernize this tradition by addressing today’s concerns.

The CD combines Booth’s interest in music and storytelling with 20 tracks that follow the year in the life of a southern West Virginia mountain that is slated for strip mining.

Booth said he wanted to use traditional methods to tell a story to young people about Appalachia and events in the region that are happening now.

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Podcast
8:30 am
Mon October 7, 2013

West Virginia Morning - October 7, 2013

On this West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees speaks with West Virginia Public Broadcasting Executive Director Scott Finn about our new website, Cecelia Mason speaks with  musician and storyteller Adam Booth about his work and Glynis Board brings us an audio postcard from OglebayFest.

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