Bill Lynch, Mason Adams, Kelley Libby, Zander Aloi, Zack Harold, Wendy Welch, Rebecca Williams Published

Award Winning Stories From 2023, Inside Appalachia

Two men stand next to each other in front of packages meat in a grocery story.
Louis (left) and his father Sonny Argento pose in front of a meat case featuring their Angelo’s Old World Sausage.
Courtesy of the Argento Family

In March, broadcast journalists from Virginia and West Virginia were recognized when the Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters met to present awards for notable stories produced in 2023. 

This week, we listen back to some of our award-winning stories

In This Episode:

How Angelo’s Old World Italian Sausage Gets Made

Packages of sausage on a grocery shelf.
Angelo’s Old World Sausage is available in stores in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.

Photo Credit: Zack Harold/West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Zack Harold is the unofficial foodie for Folkways. Last summer, he took us to see how the sausage gets made with Angelo’s Old World Italian Sausage. The recipe originated in the Calabria region of Italy, but it’s made in West Virginia. 

Make Way For The Mushroom Hunters

Yellow chanterelle mushrooms are cut up in a green bowl.
These chanterelles are about to be turned into a tasty treat. They were harvested the day before an unsuccessful mushroom hunt, and turned into a topper for vanilla ice cream.

Photo Credit: Wendy Welch/West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Gathering foods like ramps, sassafras or blackberries from the forest has always been a part of Appalachian culture. In recent years, mushroom hunting has been having a moment.

Folkways Reporter Wendy Welch spent time with mushroom hunters in Virginia and West Virginia and brought us the story. 

Winter Wassailing In Asheville

Two carolers sing at night. They look happy and are bundled up in coats, scarves, and hats to keep warm.
Wassailers sing outside a home in Asheville, North Carolina. Traditionally, wassailers not only sang for their neighbors, but also sang in apple orchards to ensure a good harvest for the coming year.

Photo Credit: Rebecca Williams/West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Not many folks are thinking about winter holiday traditions this time of year. But back before Christmas, Folkways Reporter Rebecca Williams explored the old English tradition of wassailing in Asheville, North Carolina. A group of friends there got into this old singing tradition as a way to connect to their roots. Williams reported.

Season Of The Witch

A photograph of an older woman wearing glasses and a red bandana on her head. She has a tan scarf around her neck.
H. Byron Ballard at home.

Photo Credit: Llewellyn Worldwide

In Appalachia, witchcraft goes way back. Wise women still practice herbology or trace the patterns of the moon. H. Byron Ballard is a practicing witch in Asheville, North Carolina. She’s also the author of several books, including Small Magics: Practical Secrets from an Appalachian Village Witch. Last fall, she spoke with producer Bill Lynch about her way of life – and quizzed Bill on cryptids. 

We also want to congratulate WVPB reporters and Inside Appalachia contributors Emily Rice and Breana Heaney, news director Eric Douglas and Us & Them host Trey Kay. Each of them won awards from the Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters. 

Five adult individuals, three men and two women, are seen standing behind a table. On the table are twelve awards, either plaques or framed certificates. The five people are smiling.
West Virginia Public Broadcasting brought home 12 awards Saturday, March 23, 2024 from the Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters Awards Luncheon at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Pictured (left to right) is Inside Appalachia Producer Bill Lynch, Inside Appalachia Folkways Reporter Wendy Welch, Us & Them Host and Producer Trey Kay, Southern West Virginia Reporter Briana Heaney and WVPB News Director Eric Douglas.

Photo Credit: Eric Douglas/West Virginia Public Broadcasting


Our theme music is by Matt Jackfert. Other music this week was provided by Christian Lopez, Dave and Tim Bing, John Inghram, Marissa Anderson, Frank George and Hank Williams Jr.

Bill Lynch is our producer. Zander Aloi is our associate producer. Our executive producer is Eric Douglas. Kelley Libby is our editor. Our audio mixer is Patrick Stephens. We had help this week from Folkways editors Chris Julin and Nicole Musgrave.

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