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7:58 am
Mon December 22, 2014

December 22, 1928: WMMN Radio Went on the Air

During the war, performers such as Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper and Lee and Juanita Moore made their base at WMMN. In the 1950s, WMMN turned increasingly toward recorded music.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / e-WV

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
4:56 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight- Holiday Special!

Hear some holly jolly archived performances this weekend on Mountain Stage After Midnight.
Credit Sandra Groce

Chestnuts are roasting, Jack Frost is nipping and Mountain Stage is jingling with a holly jolly holiday special! Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Radio, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" takes the best performances 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 that'll alternate order each night.

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7:49 am
Fri December 19, 2014

December 19, 1907: Colonel Ruby Bradley Born

Just hours after attacking Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Japan bombed American defenses in the Philippines, where Bradley was stationed as an Army nurse. About three weeks later, she was captured and imprisoned in an internment camp in Manila.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / e-WV

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Radio
7:41 am
Thu December 18, 2014

December 18, 1842: Senator Nathan B. Scott Born

Scott quickly amassed a fortune in business and banking. He then moved to nearby Wheeling, where he accumulated even more wealth as president of the Central Glass Company. He also made hefty sums of money in the coal industry and founded Dollar Savings and Trust, which is now WesBanco.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / e-WV

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Radio
7:32 am
Wed December 17, 2014

December 17, 1861: Henry Ruffner Died

In 1847, he published what today is commonly known as the Ruffner Pamphlet. In it, he argued that all slaves should be set free gradually over time. Unlike some abolitionists, his gradual emancipation theory wasn’t based on moral grounds. It was more of an economic and social theory.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / e-WV

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Radio
2:36 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

December 16, 1897: Last Public Hanging in West Virginia

The rowdy scene prompted West Virginia lawmakers to take action. A little more than a year later, Governor George W. Atkinson signed a law that banned public executions, making West Virginia was one of the first states to do so.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / e-WV

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Mountain Stage News
2:06 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Get Your Mountain Stage Merchandise and Gifts Wednesday and Thursday

Mountain Stage is hosting a holiday pop-up shop this Wednesday and Thursday  from 11am - 6pm at 600 Capitol Street in Charleston. Please feel free to stop by to say hello and pick up gifts, music, merchandise, and holiday cheer for the public radio fanatic or music lover in your life. We will be accepting Visa, Mastercard and cash. Tell your pals!

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
12:23 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Hear Holly Williams, Live on Mountain Stage

Holly Williams on Mountain Stage
Credit 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.

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Radio
7:03 am
Mon December 15, 2014

December 15, 1967: The Silver Bridge Collapses Killing 46

A faulty eyebar eventually cracked and began to corrode, out of sight from the public or bridge inspectors. At about 5 p.m. on December 15, the eyebar failed, setting off a series of other failures that caused the bridge to collapse.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / e-WV

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Radio
11:43 am
Fri December 12, 2014

December 12, 1975: Original Shoney's Closes

The business took off when Schoenbaum purchased the Southeastern U.S. franchise rights for the Big Boy hamburger chain.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / e-WV

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Chanukah in West Virginia
11:26 am
Thu December 11, 2014

'A Change of Tune' Interviews Scott Simons

"Chanukah in West Virginia" cover art.
Credit 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.

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Radio
8:57 am
Thu December 11, 2014

December 11, 1905: Filmmaker Pare Lorentz Born

The Plow That Broke the Fields was a pioneering film that helped change how documentaries were made. In 1937, he made another film for the administration. The River showed in emotional terms how the New Deal was addressing environmental problems.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / e-WV

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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Mountain Stage After Midnight
5:05 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight- December 13 & 14

Hot Club of Cowtown will make their sixth appearance on Mountain Stage this coming January.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

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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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
9:00 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Hear Catherine Russell Play "Aged and Mellow" Live on Mountain Stage

Catherine Russell, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

It's not stretch to call Catherine Russell one of the most respected and versatile singers working today. Blessed with a voice that doesn't confine her to a single genre, she worked with everyone from Paul Simon to David Bowie and Dolly Parton. But jazz is what she does best - here she performs "Aged and Mellow," live from this week's premiere broadcast.

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Radio
8:25 am
Wed December 10, 2014

December 10, 1844: Clergyman William "Uncle" Dyke Garrett Born

With Hatfield, Garrett was a member of the Camp Straton United Confederate Veterans, which controlled Logan County politics for 45 years. He also was known as an exceptional fiddle player. “Uncle Dyke” Garrett died in 1938 at the age of 96.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online & Lillian Porter Smith.. / e-WV

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8:21 am
Tue December 9, 2014

December 9, 1932: Songwriter Billy Edd Wheeler Born

In addition, Wheeler wrote the long-running Hatfields and McCoys play, performed by Theatre West Virginia. In 2007, Billy Edd Wheeler was inducted into the inaugural class of the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online.

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8:29 am
Mon December 8, 2014

December 8, 1854: Glassmaker William Blenko Born in England

The Blenko factory still operates in Milton. Blenko stained glass can be found in Washington’s National Cathedral and the U.S. Air Force Academy chapel in Colorado, among other places.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online.

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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Recommended If You Like: Indie Pop Christmas
12:05 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

'A Change of Tune' Interviews Los Campesinos!

Promo image for "A Los Campesinos! Christmas."
Credit Rob Campesinos / Los Campesinos

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!

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Radio
8:21 am
Fri December 5, 2014

December 5, 1916: Benjamin Gravely Receives Patent for Motor Plow

From this simple start, he kept adapting the plow until he perfected it. In 1922, he founded the Gravely Motor Plow and Cultivator Company in Dunbar.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online.

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8:12 am
Thu December 4, 2014

December 4, 1883: Reformer Stella Fuller Born

Fuller's independent leadership style often brought her into conflict with Salvation Army officials. For instance, she organized a softball team that played on Sundays in violation of the group’s rules.
Credit appalachianhistory.net

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