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West Virginia History
10:20 am
Thu October 23, 2014

October 23, 1943: German POWs Arrive at Camp Ashford

Camp Ashford was built in the summer of 1942 by Italian POWs, who stayed at the camp until the German prisoners arrived the following year.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online; The Greenbrier / The Greenbrier, Camp Ashford, White Sulphur Springs, World War II

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
5:10 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Hear Chris Smither Play "Get a Better One" Live on Mountain Stage

Chris Smither, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

An undisputed master of acoustic blues guitar,  Chris Smither's  songwriting often draws on the influences of poets, folk singers, philosophers and humorists. Now in his 5th decade of making music, Smither made his 13th appearance on Mountain Stage this year, when the show visited the lakeside town of Grand Marais, Minnesota. Here he performs "Get a Better One," recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School.

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West Virginia History
10:07 am
Wed October 22, 2014

October 22, 1977: New River Gorge Bridge Dedicated

The Fayette County bridge has become one of West Virginia’s most recognizable landmarks and was featured on the state quarter. Most significantly, though, it reduced the driving time across the gorge, making travel easier and turning the region’s whitewater-rafting business into a multimillion-dollar industry.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / New River Gorge, Fayette County, Fayette Station Road

The New River Gorge Bridge was dedicated in Fayette County before a crowd of 30,000 on this day in 1977. Throughout history, transportation across the rugged gorge has been a challenge. Its 1,700-foot arch made it the longest single-span arch bridge in the world.

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Radio
9:55 am
Tue October 21, 2014

October 21, 1940: Gov. William Conley Died

After earning his law degree, Conley opened a legal practice in Tucker County and founded the Parsons Advocate newspaper. He also served as mayor of Parsons and Kingwood before being appointed West Virginia attorney general in 1908.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / William Conley, Preston Co., Kingwood, Tucker County, WV Attorney General, Republican, Arch Moore, Cecil Underwood

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West Virginia History
11:02 am
Mon October 20, 2014

October 20, 1966: Senator Harry F. Byrd Dies

Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Harry F. Byrd, Martinsburg Evening Journal, Richard Byrd, 1966, 1887

  U.S. Senator Harry F. Byrd died on October 20, 1966. The Democrat was a pivotal political figure for much of the 20th century.

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West Virginia History
10:50 am
Fri October 17, 2014

October 17, 1785: Virginia General Assembly Establishes Morgan's Town

The town began to take off with the founding of the West Virginia Agricultural College in 1867. Renamed West Virginia University the following year, the school would become the centerpiece of Morgantown.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online; Library of Congress. / Morgantown, Morgan's Town, 1785, 1886, West Virginia University, Zackquill Morgan

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Recommended If You Like: Longform Folk-Pop
10:35 am
Fri October 17, 2014

'A Change of Tune' Interviews The Barr Brothers

The Barr Brothers
Credit John Londono

 

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch interviews Andrew Barr of The Barr Brothers, an up-and-coming Canadian quartet with roots in American folk, African desert, Delta blues and classical string, to say the least. The band's newest record, Sleeping Operator, just goes to prove that The Barr Brothers are the Ra Ra Riot of transcendental folk. Check out the interview below to learn more about the band, their longform music style and their connections to alt music friends The War on Drugs and of Montreal. If you're a fan of sprawling soundscapes that are as much warm as they are catchy (see: Bahamas), this interview and music are recommended for you.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
10:12 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight: Listener's Choice!

You chose'em, so we're playing'em on "Mountain Stage After Midnight."
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

 

It was a Mountain Stage Radio Show match for the ages: Randy Newman vs. Robert Cray vs. Colin Hay vs. Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. Which performances would we choose for "Mountain Stage After Midnight?" Luckily, you made the tough call by voting for your favorite performances on Mountain Stage's Facebook, and now it's time to listen to the winners on this week's  "Mountain Stage After Midnight." 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. Each week we'll hand-pick two of our favorite episodes and they'll alternate order each night.

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West Virginia History
10:02 am
Thu October 16, 2014

October 16, 1859: John Brown Captures U.S. Armory

Infuriated—and mostly drunken—Harpers Ferry townspeople grabbed their rifles and trapped Brown’s men in the armory’s fire engine house. On the morning of October 18, U.S. Marines under the command of Colonel Robert E. Lee captured Brown and the eight raiders who had survived the ordeal.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Harpers Ferry, John Brown, US Armory, Robert E. Lee, Civil War

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
10:49 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Hear Dave Bing & Ben Townsend Play "Red Mountain Wine" Live on Mountain Stage

Dave Bing and Ben Townsend live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Roane County, West Virginia native Dave Bing is a veteran fiddle teacher and musician, with decades and performing throughout the United States and abroad. He's backed here by fellow West Virginian Ben Townsend (of beloved stringband The Fox Hunt) on banjo and vocals for "Red Mountain Wine."

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West Virginia History
9:32 am
Wed October 15, 2014

October 15, 1850: Virginia Constitutional Convention

Joseph Johnson of Harrison County called the Virginia Constitutional Convention in 1850 to respond to concerns by residents of western Virginia over feelings of neglect by the state government in Richmond.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Harrison County, Virginia Constitutional Convention, 1850

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West Virginia History
10:22 am
Tue October 14, 2014

October 14, 1947: Chuck Yeager Breaks the Sound Barrier

Chuck served in California as a test pilot for high-speed planes. A year after breaking the sound barrier, he visited Charleston flying his Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star jet beneath the city's South Side Bridge.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Chuck Yeager, Lockheed P-80, Charleston, Lincoln County, World War II

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West Virginia History
10:34 am
Mon October 13, 2014

October 13, 1903: Bishop John Joseph Kain Dies

A native of Martinsburg, John Joseph Kain's missions ranged from nearby Harpers Ferry to Leesburg, Virginia. During his seven years in this position, he helped rebuild communities that had been ravaged by the Civil War.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / John Joseph Kain, Martinsburg, Wheeling, Diocese of Wheeling, St. Louis, Civil War, Harpers Ferry

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Recommended If You Like: Soulful Electro-Pop
10:07 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

'A Change of Tune' Interviews Madi Diaz

Madi Diaz
Credit Neil Krug

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch interviews Madi Diaz, an up-and-coming artist who creates upbeat electro-pop from some pretty heartbreaking experiences. Needles to say Madi's approach to pop on her latest record, Phantom, is nothing short of postmodern ear candy. Check out the interview below to learn more about Madi's new record and overall pop ambition. If you're a fan of post-breakup synth in the same vein as Charli XCX, this interview and music are recommended for you.

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Inside Appalachia
5:40 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Wild Pawpaws, Gourmet Salt, Wild Ginseng, and a Biscuit Bake-off

Credit Lauren Stonestreet, of Elle Effect Photography

 

In this episode, we’ll travel to Maryland to forage- and eat- wild Pawpaws

And we’ll learn about Anne Braden, one of the early advocates for social equality in Kentucky.

We'll also hear about a new company in West Virginia that’s revived a historic salt-works -and why chefs are loving it.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
4:46 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight- October 11 & 12

The members of supergroup Red Horse (John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky, and Eliza Gilkyson) have appeared on Mountain Stage over 21 times, but never as a group until this 2011 performance.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Need to countrify your weekend? Of course you do, and that's why "Mountain Stage After Midnight" is here to help with performances from some amazing alt-country, bluegrass, and folk artists. 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. Each week we'll hand-pick two of our favorite episodes and they'll alternate order each night.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
10:23 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Hear Martina McBride Perform "My Babe" Live on Mountain Stage

Martina McBride, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

Although she's a bona fide country music superstar, on this week's episode of Mountain Stage, Martina McBride explores her rhythm and blues side. Backed her 11 member road band, which includes a 4 piece horn section, Martina McBride performs the Willie Dixon-penned Little Walter classic, "My Babe."

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West Virginia History
8:33 am
Thu October 9, 2014

October 9, 2001: Actress and Model Dagmar Dies

Dagmar was one of the most recognizable faces on television and even graced the cover of Life magazine.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Dagmar, Milton Berle, Frank Sinatra, Life Magazine, Dagmar's Canteen, Ceredo, Huntington, 1921, 2001, Huntington

The entertainer known as Dagmar died on October 9, 2001. In the 1950s, she was one of the most recognizable faces on television and even graced the cover of Life magazine. Born Virginia Ruth Egnor in Logan County in 1921, she moved with her family to Huntington, where she attended Huntington High School.

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Radio
8:47 am
Wed October 8, 2014

October 8, 1764: Harman Blennerhassett Born in London

Harman Blennerhasset was born to a wealthy Irish family in London, and with his wife Margaret would build the immense mansion on the Ohio River, named for them.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Aaron Burr, Harman Blennerhassett, 1805 plot, Thomas Jefferson, Blennerhassett Island, Ohio River

Harman Blennerhassett was born in London on October 8, 1764. He and his wife Margaret immigrated to the United States in 1796. Two years later, they settled on an island in the Ohio River near Parkersburg. In 1800, they built an immense mansion on what would become known as Blennerhassett Island.

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West Virginia History
8:19 am
Mon October 6, 2014

October 6, 1933: Civil Rights Legend J.R. Clifford Dies

Civil rights trailblazer J. R. Clifford, a native of present-day Grant County, founded Martinsburg’s Pioneer Press, the first black-owned newspaper in West Virginia.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / J.R.Clifford, Pioneer Press, Martinsburg, Harpers Ferry, NAACP, Civil War, Taylor County, Grant County

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