On this West Virginia Morning, Willie Carver was Kentucky’s teacher of the year in 2021, but as a gay man, he and some of his students were harassed. So, in 2022, he resigned from Montgomery County High School. Last summer, he released Gay Poems for Red States. The book earned praise and helped turn Carver into a much-followed, outspoken voice on social media. Bill Lynch caught up with Carver.
The show returns to its home base, The Culture Center Theater on the State Capitol Grounds, on Sunday January 24 to welcome back beloved pop-rockers Guster for the second time. The band’s latest album “Evermotion” was produced by Shins keyboardist/Black Keys bassist Richard Swift, who has also produced recordings with Foxygen and Damien Jurardo. Also scheduled to appear are The Westies, a group formed by Michael McDermott and Heather Horton, whose album “West Side Stories,” is a concept record about the real life Westies, “a ruthless gang of Irish mob punks that ruled Hell’s Kitchen in the 60’s and 70′s”.
Tickets for January 24 go on sale Friday November 13 at noon, via MountainStage.org, by phone at 877.987.6487 or locally at Taylor Books in Downtown Charleston. More info on our Live Show Schedule.
Amy Ray returns to Mountain Stage on this week’s encore broadcast, along with her band, New York trio The Lone Bellow, progressive banjo player Alison Brown, slide guitar master and banjo champion Tony Furtado, and Nova Scotia folk group Villages. This episode was recorded at the People's Bank Theatre in Marietta, Ohio with guest host Larry Groce.
West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s News Department has secured 11 nominations in eight categories in the 2023 Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters annual awards competition. This competition includes the best radio and television stations in both West Virginia and Virginia.
Brandon Maynard, a special education teacher at Cabell Midland High School, earned West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Above and Beyond Award for November, which recognizes excellence and creativity of Mountain State teachers.