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Relive 1988/89 with Mountain Stage After Midnight


Get excited, ’cause West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s spring pledge drive is happening this week! Since this station is our “Mountain Mama,” we’re pulling out all the stops to show you why West Virginia Public Broadcasting is “Almost Heaven” and deserves your pledge of support! That’s why we’re playing exclusive, archived shows from 1988 and 1989 on this weekend’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.

And this weekend (April 11 & 12) is no exception. Keep your eyes (and ears) open for sets that you can’t hear anywhere else but on WV airwaves.

First up is a show from March 20, 1988, recorded at the former Capitol Plaza Theatre (now known as the West Virginia State University Capitol Center Theatre). The show features Red Clay Ramblers (their first Mountain Stage appearance, as a matter of fact), Tommy Thompson (now a West Virginia Music Hall of Fame inductee), Norman & Nancy Blake (did you hear his recent chat with NPR’s Fresh Air?) and Mick Moloney & Friends (who received the National Heritage Award, the highest official honor a traditional artist can receive in the United States).


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Jesse Winchester on the Mountain Stage in 1989.

We’ll also hear an April 9, 1989 show that features such legendary acts as Grammy winner Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, David Grisman & the Bluegrass Experience featuring Del McCoury and our old friend Jesse Winchester.

It takes a whole lot of time and manpower to make Mountain Stage happen, but as the old saying goes, “Teamwork makes the dream work.” We’d love to have you as part of our community, whether that’s by connecting with us on social media (FacebookTwitterTumblr and Instagram), signing up for our monthly email newsletter or pledging your support for Mountain Stage.