WMMT's MOUNTAIN TALK
Welcome to the streaming archives for Mountain Talk, WMMT's weekly community conversation, airing Wednesday evenings at 6. In addition to providing space for What's Cookin' Now! and Art Matters, Mountain Talk features interviews with guests that cover a wide range of topics pertaining to life in these mountains, such as food, music, history, spirituality, and current events. Join us each Wednesday at six, and if you miss a program be sure to look for it here on wmmt.org.
Amelia Kirby and Carl Shoupe in the WMMT studio
2013-04-10 – Mountain Talk – Appalachia’s Bright Future
Give a listen to the April 10th edition of WMMT’s Mountain Talk for a discussion on east Kentucky’s economic future. As more and more reports show a sharp decline in Appalachian coal production, host Mimi Pickering brings special guests on-air for a critical discussion centered on the question ‘What comes next?’ Pickering speaks with local leaders Carl Shoupe, Amelia Kirby and Tim Belcher about their work to create new opportunities in our area, as well as special guest Noah Enelow from the Pacific Northwest who offers insight on what we can learn from other regions that have undergone an economic transition.
The guests on this show will all be featured presenters at Appalachia’s Bright Future, an upcoming three-day conference in Harlan, April 19-21. The gathering will bring together a diverse group of leaders and citizens working to build a new economy here in the mountains.
Also, check out this piece by Hazard, Ky.-based TV station WYMT that spotlighted this broadcast! They filmed the program as it happened and pull short clips from the discussion for their piece.
To stream the program audio, click play above. To download it, right click the title of the audio and select “save link as…”. For more installments of WMMT’s Mountain Talk, check out our streaming archive.
Tune in on Wednesday April 10 at 6 PM to hear a Mountain Talk conversation about the economic future of Eastern Kentucky. On this show we’ll be hearing from local leaders working to generate new jobs and new opportunities for our region, as well as from special guests from across the nation. Community development leaders from the Pacific Northwest and the New England fishing industry will be calling in to discuss the work happening in these areas towards economic transition.
This show is happening just over a week before Appalachia’s Bright Future Conference (April 19-21), a three-day gathering in Harlan that will feature information on the changing economy, lessons from other regions that have gone through transition, and examples of entrepreneurs and communities working for the future. For more information on the event, visit the conference website.
We hope you’ll join us for a lively conversation about the opportunities and challenges we face in our state and region as folks work together to build the next economy here in eastern Kentucky. The program will be heard at 88.7 FM on your radio dial or streaming online at wmmt.org/listen.
2013-03-13 Appalachia Funders Network
In this edition of WMMT’s Mountain Talk, we hear about the efforts of the Appalachia Funders Network, a group of public and private grant-makers committed to speeding the development of a diversified Appalachian economy that is based on assets within the region. Our guests in this program include:
- Ray Daffner, Entrepreneurship Initiative Manager at the Appalachian Regional Commission, who speaks about why the Network is looking at entrepreneurial-based local and regional efforts as the path to diversifying the Appalachian economy, and some of the exciting partnerships that are coming out of this collaboration;
- Sandra Mikush, Deputy Director of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, who joins us to discuss the goals of the Appalachian Funders Network and Startup Appalachia, a new effort linking public and private partners to increase support for the growth of entrepreneurial enterprises in the region; and
- Gerry Roll, Executive Director of the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, who joins us to talk about efforts underway throughout the region to tap local wealth for long-term reinvestment in our communities.
This edition of Mountain Talk is part of Making Connections: Diversifying Our Future, a storybank for sharing news, ideas, and information for building a healthy future in Appalachia. Making Connections is made possible by the Blue Moon fund, the Open Society Foundation, the Media Democracy Fund, WMMT listeners, and Appalshop.
Growing App MT Talk 3-4-13
In this edition of WMMT’s Mountain Talk, we discuss small-scale farming, energy efficiency, and renewables in the mountains with special guests Fern Nafziger, Cody Montgomery, Paul Wiediger and Will Bowling. All of our guests are deeply involved in this work in eastern Kentucky, and are all presenters at this weekend’s fourth annual Growing Appalachia day of free workshops to develop skills around all the above-mentioned topics (do-it-yourself energy efficiency, food preservation, small-scale mountain farming) and more. The event takes place at the Jenny Wiley Convention Center in Floyd County, Ky., and begins at 9 a.m. For more information on the day, check out www.kftc.org/growing.
Mountain Talk 1.9.13: John Cheves
Harry Caudill in 1983 // photo from the Lexington Herald-Leader
In this extra-special edition of WMMT’s Mountain Talk, we welcome John Cheeves to the program to discuss the legacy of Letcher County author Harry Caudill on the 50th anniversary of his watershed book Night Comes to the Cumberlands. Cheeves is co-author of a 5-part series on Caudill that ran recently in the Lexington Herald-Leader to mark the anniversary, and in this program he sits down with host Rich Kirby for an hour of discussion, stories, remembrances, and analysis of Caudill’s life, work, and beliefs, in addition to an examination of how Appalachia–the region to which Caudill brought so much national attention–has changed since Night was first published in 1963. Kirby & Cheeves also take listener phone calls in the second half of the program.
To stream the program, push play above. To download, right click the text of the audio title and click “Save link as..”.
Mountain Talk: WMMT Retrospective 4/25/12
On Wednesday, April 25, WMMT staff & special guest Otis Ray gathered around the WMMT microphones for a special Fund Drive edition of Mountain Talk, our weekly community conversation that airs each Wednesday at 6.
For this most special Mountain Talk, Otis Ray and Cheryl gathered clips from throughout WMMT’s 26+ year history, from WMMT’s initial test broadcasts (!) to snippets programs from throughout the years. We then listened to the voices of old friends and traded stories for the duration of the program.
Join us for this hour-long walk through WMMT’s history, from (and about) some of the many folks who have helped make this radio station so special since those first test broadcasts in 1985.
And finally, to all of those who supported us in our most recent fund drive, THANK YOU! You’re paving the way for 26 more years of stories and memories, and we couldn’t be more grateful to have you along with us.