Mtn. Talk Monday: Mountains of Music Homecoming – The Crooked Road

In this episode, learn more about the Mountains of Music Homecoming and the The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. Host Kelli Haywood and guest host Rich Kirby from WMMT’s Deep in Tradition speak with the MOMH assistant coordinator and professor of Appalachian Studies at ETSU, Ted Olsen on the upcoming 9 days filled with wonderful traditional music and cultural events. Find out more at www.mtnsofmusic.com! If you like the music in this episode, support The Great Smoky Mountains National Park by purchasing the CD On Top of Old Smoky: New Old-Time Mountain Music, which was recorded at the recording lab at East Tennessee State University.

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Mountain Talk is WMMT’s twice-weekly community space for conversation, airing each Monday & Wednesday from 6-7 p.m.  Mountain Talk programs focus on a variety of topics related to life in the mountains, including: food, community issues, art, health, and more.  Click here to hear past programs.

Mtn. Talk Monday: Economic Diversification & Letcher Co. Culture Hub

Host Kelli Haywood discusses small town economics with a group of politically diverse members of the local community – Harry Collins of CANE, Betsy Whaley of MACED, and Ben Fink of Appalshop and the Letcher Co. Culture Hub. What does it take to transition the economy of a small coalfields community? Economic diversity. But, why are some residents wary of diversification of business and the entrepreneurial spirit? Can arts and cultural play a critical role in that economic diversification? The group discusses these topics and much more.

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Mountain Talk is WMMT’s twice-weekly community space for conversation, airing each Monday & Wednesday from 6-7 p.m.  Mountain Talk programs focus on a variety of topics related to life in the mountains, including: food, community issues, art, health, and more.  Click here to hear past programs.

Mtn. Talk Monday: Austin Rutherford – Working in the Film Industry

Host Kelli Haywood is interviews Harlan Co. native and resident Austin Rutherford. Austin works as a production assistant on Hollywood movie sets, big studio TV shows, and creates his own horror/sci-fi/and costume masks and special effects make-up. How does a good old mountain boy end up working for Hollywood?  Listen today and find out! 

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Mountain Talk is WMMT’s twice-weekly community space for conversation, airing each Monday & Wednesday from 6-7 p.m.  Mountain Talk programs focus on a variety of topics related to life in the mountains, including: food, community issues, art, health, and more.  Click here to hear past programs.

WMMT’s Passing The Pick & Bow starts its 14th year!

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This August marked the beginning of the fourteenth year of WMMT’s Passing the Pick and Bow! The

Passing the Pick and Bow Program is a low-to no-cost after school music education program that teaches

local youth Appalachian old-time music in Letcher County, Kentucky. Our instructors teach after-school

five days per week, at five different schools in Letcher County, for the duration of the school year. The

students are given the choice between guitar, fiddle, banjo, or mandolin.

 

We would like to welcome our new fiddle instructor, Robert Andrew Scott. Robert is the husband of

Kate Fowler, Director of Appalachian Media Institute, and a very talented multi-instrumentalist.

 

If you, or anyone you know, would like to support this program, please consider making a donation

online at wmmt.org. WMMT’s Passing the Pick and Bow welcomes instrument, string, and music supply

donations as well. You can mail contributions to 91 Madison Avenue, Whitesburg, KY 41858.

Mtn. Talk Monday: In the Trenches of Social and Economic Transition

Many rural and inner city communities around the country are facing the need for social and economic transition.  As we all deal with issues of failing industry in America, what many call “brain drain” or the leaving of our young people in search for opportunity, or uneasy race relations, you’ll find many of the stories we can share reflect one another whether you live in Central Appalachia or the Bronx.
On July 14-18, Appalshop and Imagining America, a national consortium of 100 colleges and universities based at Syracuse University in rural upstate New York, co-hosted a gathering. 45 people — faculty, students, and community members — sponsored by nine institutions of higher education from Oregon to Ontario,Canada to Florida came to Whitesburg and Letcher County to learn about the economic revival just beginning in our mountains. The participants’ goal was to take lessons home.
In this episode of Mountain Talk Monday, some of those who made the trip speak about what motivates and challenges them to work for better economic, political, and cultural opportunities for everyone back in their home towns.

From Left to Right: Marion Rossi, Jamie Haft (in back), Kerri-Ann Sutherland, Sonia Manjon, and Hunter Briggs Performing Our Future Institute 2016

From Left to Right: Marion Rossi, Jamie Haft (in back), Kerri-Ann Sutherland, Sonia Manjon, and Hunter Briggs
Performing Our Future Institute 2016

Mountain Talk is WMMT’s twice-weekly community space for conversation, airing each Monday & Wednesday from 6-7 p.m.  Mountain Talk programs focus on a variety of topics related to life in the mountains, including: food, community issues, art, health, and more.  Click here to hear past programs.

Mtn. Talk Monday: Southern Appalachian Writers’ Cooperative Literary Reading

In this episode of  Mountain Talk Monday get your dose of literary musings when as we feature the 2016 Seedtime on the Cumberland’s Southern Appalachian Writers’ Cooperative Literary Reading. Hear writers from Letcher County, Kentucky and all over southern Appalachia read their work.

  • The literary work featured in this episode was written with an adult audience in mind.  Parental discretion advised.

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Mountain Talk is WMMT’s twice-weekly community space for conversation, airing each Monday & Wednesday from 6-7 p.m.  Mountain Talk programs focus on a variety of topics related to life in the mountains, including: food, community issues, art, health, and more.  Click here to hear past programs.