WVPB First Listen Music Party in Huntington Oct. 14


Have you ever wondered what makes a new song into a good song? West Virginia Public Broadcasting invites you to the #WhyListen first listen music party on October 14 at 6 p.m at Black Sheep Burrito & Brews in Huntington.

“Public broadcasting and Mountain Stage are the best ways to discover new music, so we are happy to foster conversation about it with our upcoming NPR Generation Listen event in Huntington,” said Scott Finn, Executive Director of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

The event will include an exclusive preview of new music and an intimate music discussion with Mountain Stage host and artistic director Larry Groce and West Virginia Public Broadcasting personalities Joni Deutsch and Dave Mistich. The event marks West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s second project with NPR Generation Listen, an initiative to bring young, intellectually curious minds into the public broadcasting community.

“After the success of last April’s Us & Them: First Listen Party in Charleston, we knew we had to make the next NPR Generation Listen event bigger and brighter,” says A Change of Tune host and event coordinator Joni Deutsch. “Huntington is known for its emerging music scene, so it only made sense to head to the Jewel City to strike up a conversation with folks about why we like the music that we like. What makes the event even sweeter is its local flair, as we have support from West Virginia organizations like Brand Yourself, Twin Cousins Records and WMUL 88.1 FM. I can’t imagine a more entertaining party for music fans than this #WhyListen event.”

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. For more information on the #WhyListen first listen music party and to reserve a seat, visit

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