Mountain Stage officially kicks off our 40th Broadcast Season this week with our 39th anniversary celebration featuring Bela Fleck My Bluegrass Heart, The Brother Brothers, Alice Howe with Freebo, The Bing Brother feat. Jake Krack, and a special appearance from West Virginia’s Poet Laureate Marc Harshman.
Larry Groce: How a Junk Food Junkie Became a Mouseketeer
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Since this week’s A Change of Tune is dedicated to indie/alternative takes on Disney music, it would only make sense to chat with West Virginia Public Radio’s very own Mouseketeer, Larry Groce. His contributions to records like Disney’s Children’s Favorite Songs and Disney’s Christmas Favorites were understated (you’ll never see his smiling, bearded face on a record cover) but impactful (millennials know how “Froggie Went A-Courtin’,” thanks to Larry). If you’re a fan of childhood nostalgia and want to learn more about Larry’s past with Disney, particularly his “Disney spirit animal,” this interview is recommended for you.
If you’re interested in reliving your Larry Groce childhood memories, you can find Disney’s Children’s Favorite Songs and the like on iTunes and Amazon. You can also catch Larry and the Mountain Stage band live and over radio airwaves. To hear more of Larry’s Disney music, tune in to Joni Deutsch’s indie/alternative Disney edition of A Change of Tune this Saturday at 10 PM EST on West Virginia Public Radio.
On this West Virginia Morning, more than a decade ago, Huntington made headlines as the “fattest city in the nation.” We listen to an excerpt from our latest episode of Us & Them with host Trey Kay Kay, where we look at continuing efforts to teach healthy habits in West Virginia.
Edible Mountain follows botanists, conservationists, and enthusiastic hobbyists in the field as they provide insight on sustainable forest foraging. The episodes are designed to increase appreciation and accessibility to the abundance found in Appalachia, celebrating the traditional knowledge and customs of Appalachian folk concerning plants and their medical, religious, and social uses.
Appalachians love to compete. Whether it’s rec league softball, a turkey calling contest or workplace chili cookoffs… Mountain folks are in it to win it. But there’s more to competing than just winning or losing. In this show, we’ll also meet competitors who are also keepers of beloved Appalachian traditions.
On July 28, 2022 — the day of the flood — James and Ruby Boggs had about four and a half feet of water rushing through their two-story house. They live in an old coal camp called Millstone. It sits on the North Fork of the Kentucky River, and it was one of the communities hit hard by the flood.