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40th Anniversary Of Mountain Stage Featured In Latest Issue Of Rolling Stone

Eight people, musicians stand side by side on the Mountain Stage.
Artists join Mountain Stage host Kathy Mattea for the finale song, recorded in October 2019.
Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

CHARLESTON, WV – West Virginia Public Broadcasting announces that Mountain Stage is featured in the latest issue of Rolling Stone Magazine. Rolling Stone journalist Garret Woodward explores the diverse group of nationally recognized musicians who have played Mountain Stage, highlighting the uniqueness of the show on today’s airwaves.  


“Being featured in Rolling Stone is really the ultimate when it comes to recognition in the music industry,” said West Virginia Public Broadcasting Executive Director Butch Antolini. “I’ve always thought of Rolling Stone as being the bible of music. It’s a real tribute to Mountain Stage, during this 40th Anniversary year, to have its story grace the pages of Rolling Stone.”

Since 1983, Mountain Stage has been the home of live music on public radio. Produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and distributed by NPR Music, each two-hour episode of Mountain Stage can be heard every week on nearly 300 stations across America, and around the world via NPR Music and Recorded in front of a live audience, Mountain Stage features performances from seasoned legends and emerging stars in genres ranging from folk, blues, and country, to indie rock, synth pop, world music, alternative, and beyond.

After 38 years and more than nine hundred episodes, the program’s original host and co-founder Larry Groce handed over full-time hosting responsibilities to West Virginia native and Grammy winner Kathy Mattea in September 2021.

You can show your support for Mountain Stage by joining the broadcast audience at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston or listening to the livestream at Online you will find the complete schedule and tickets for upcoming shows.

CONTACT: Kristi Morey, 304-556-4911,