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Mountain Stage After Midnight
7:44 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Mountain Stage After Midnight- February 28 & 29

Buckwheat Zydeco on Mountain Stage in 2006.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

After last week's crazy winter blast, we need something to warm our spirits (and fingers... and feet... and snow-covered cars). Let Buckwheat Zydeco, JD McPherson and Pokey LaFarge bring a little glow to your radio on this week's "Mountain Stage After Midnight." Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Broadcasting, "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. 

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Mountain Stage Radio Preview
12:45 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Scenes from This Week's Broadcast with Keb' Mo', Joan Osborne and More

Keb' Mo'
Josh Saul

This week's special encore broadcast of Mountain Stage features Keb' Mo', Joan Osborne, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Subdude Tommy Malone.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
11:21 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Keb' Mo' Plays "The Worst is Yet to Come," Live on Mountain Stage

Keb' Mo' live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Singer-songwriter Kevin Moore first visited Mountain Stage nearly 20 years ago, around the same time he adopted the stage name of "Keb' Mo.'"

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Radio
10:11 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

From Performer to Maestro: A Return to the BPO for Stefan Sanders

Maestro Stefan Sanders conducting

It takes a serious amount of knowledge to become a conductor of an orchestra. That's why Maestro Stefan Sanders learned it from the inside out. He knew he wanted to be a conductor, but started as a Bass Trombone player in the Buffalo Philharmonic and waited for his time. When conductor, JoAnn Falletta, gave him the chance to conduct the BPO, he jumped on the opportunity. Since then, he's become Director of the Round Rock Symphony in Texas and an Associate Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic. Listen to hear his story and recordings of the BPO.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
2:53 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Hear Amy Ray Play "Duane Allman," Live on Mountain Stage

Credit Josh Saul

Indigo Girl Amy Ray appears on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, with songs from her latest solo release.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
2:20 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Mountain Stage After Midnight- February 21 & 22

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit made their second appearance on Mountain Stage back in 2011.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage is all you need when it comes to music discovery.

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Radio
2:55 pm
Sat February 14, 2015

Montclaire String Quartet Performs LIVE at WVPB Studios

The Montclaire String Quartet performed LIVE without a net in the West Virginia Public Broadcasting Studios at 600 Capitol Street Friday, February 13th.

The tightly-knit ensemble performed selections from their upcoming concert titled "The Silver Screen." These pieces included selections from film and selections from film composers that were written as concert music.

At our studios, they performed:

Nino Rota -- 2 movements from Concerto for Strings
Bernard Hermann -- selection from Echoes
Alexander Borodin -- Nocturne
Astor Piazzolla -- Tango Ballet

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
3:14 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Mountain Stage After Midnight- February 14 & 15

The "First Family of the Banjo," Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn are pictured here on Mountain Stage in 2013.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

This Valentine's Day weekend, let Mountain Stage be the Abigail Washburn to your Bela Fleck and the Julie Miller to your Buddy Miller. Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Broadcasting, "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. 

Hear some musically-minded couples this Saturday February 14 and Sunday February 15 on "Mountain Stage After Midnight."

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
9:40 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Robert Cray - "You Move Me" - Live from Mountain Stage

Robert Cray live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Along with being one of America's foremost electric blues guitarists, Robert Cray's nimble vocals allow him to venture into R&B and rock sounds, as he does here with the song "You Move Me."

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Radio
8:28 am
Tue February 10, 2015

February 10, 2010: Former WVU Coach & AD Fred Schaus Died

After five years in the NBA, Schaus returned to WVU in 1954 to coach the most successful teams in school history. Led first by “Hot Rod” Hundley, then Jerry West, WVU made it to six straight NCAA Tournaments and lost the 1959 national title game by only a point.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

Former West Virginia University basketball coach Fred Schaus died in Morgantown on February 10, 2010, at age 84. Before entering the coaching ranks, he was a star basketball player at WVU—being the first Mountaineer to score 1000 points in his career.

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Radio
7:22 am
Mon February 9, 2015

February 9, 1950: Senator Joe McCarthy Inflames Cold War in Wheeling

The speech was part of the Wheeling Republicans’ annual Lincoln Day celebration. Although McCarthy’s remark made national headlines, it didn’t even “cause a ripple in the room,” according to a local lawyer who attended the event.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online & The Wheeling Intelligencer / WV Humanities Council

On February 9, 1950, a speech in Wheeling given by U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy altered the course of history. During his speech at the McClure Hotel, the Wisconsin Republican held up a piece of paper that allegedly listed 205 communists who worked for the U.S. State Department.

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Recommended If You Like: Souful Folk
10:20 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

'A Change of Tune' Interviews Carolina Chocolate Drops' Rhiannon Giddens

Singer, songwriter and Carolina Chocolate Drops frontwoman Rhiannon Giddens.
Credit Rhiannon Giddens

This past winter has been a hectic one for Carolina Chocolate Drops frontwoman Rhiannon Giddens. Between recording Dylan covers with Marcus Mumford and Elvis Costello under the moniker The New Basement Tapes and dueting with Iron & Wine's Sam Beam on NBC's Parenthood series finale, she's somehow found time to release her solo recording debut, Tomorrow is My Turn. If you're a fan of spellbinding interpretations of Americana classics, this interview and music are recommended for you.

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Radio Pledge Raises $108,000+
12:06 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Annual Chocolate Challenge Is Another Sweet Success

Five hundred seventy-four pounds of Holl’s Chocolate – or the equivalent of two baby elephants -- will be heading out to donors and their Valentines over the next two weeks as a result of West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s 19th annual Chocolate Challenge.

Thank you for supporting West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Radio
8:16 am
Fri February 6, 2015

February 7, 1732: General Charles Lee Born in England

Lee made a name for himself during the early months of the war, defending Boston and Charleston, South Carolina.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

General Charles Lee was born in England on February 7, 1732. As a young man, he served with distinction in the British army before immigrating to America in the early 1770s. When the Revolutionary War began, he sided with the Americans and served as a major general in the Continental Army.

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Radio
8:09 am
Thu February 5, 2015

February 5, 1890: Cam Henderson Born in Marion County

In 1947, Henderson guided Marshall’s basketball team to a national NAIB title.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
3:37 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Mountain Stage After Midnight- February 7 & 8

Punch Brothers on Mountain Stage in 2012.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Punxsutawney Phil might have put a damper on your mood (seriously, more winter?), but this weekend's "Mountain Stage After Midnight" is sure to make your weekend feel better, brighter and at least 20 degrees warmer.  Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Broadcasting, "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. 

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Radio
7:53 am
Wed February 4, 2015

February 4, 1951: Fiddler "Blind Ed" Haley Dies in Ashland KY

However, just by playing on street corners, courthouse squares, and other public places, Haley became one of the most influential fiddlers of his day. Fiddle great Clark Kessinger considered him the best he’d ever heard.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

Legendary fiddler “Blind Ed” Haley died in Ashland, Kentucky, on February 4, 1951. The Logan County native never made any commercial recordings during his lifetime because he feared that record companies would cheat a blind musician.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
10:15 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Pink Martini - "Hushabye Mountain" - Live from Mountain Stage

Pink Martini featuring The Von Trapps
Credit Brian Blauser

The song "Hushabye Mountain" originally appeared in the musical film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and has since been covered by everyone from Tony Bennett to Pink Floyd frontman David Gilmour.

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Radio
7:46 am
Tue February 3, 2015

February 3, 1923: The Voice of the Mountaineers, Jack Fleming Born

For much of the next half-century, Fleming was a fixture at WVU, announcing football and basketball games.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

Broadcaster Jack Fleming was born in Morgantown on February 3, 1923. After serving in World War II as a navigator on a B-17, he enrolled in West Virginia University through the GI Bill. In 1947, as a 24-year-old undergrad, Fleming became the “Voice of the Mountaineers” on radio.

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Radio
8:38 am
Mon February 2, 2015

February 2, 1946: Author Hubert Skidmore Died

Hawk’s Nest is a fictionalized account of what has been described as America’s worst industrial accident. It depicts the real-life plight of laborers who built the Hawks Nest Tunnel for Union Carbide during the Great Depression.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / WV Humanities Council

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