Mtn. Talk: Stories and Songs of Jean Ritchie

We’re starting 2018 off right here at WMMT with this re-broadcast of an hour long program of stories and songs of the late great Jean Ritchie! Jean Ritchie was a folk musician, ballad singer and songwriter – well known for her dulcimer playing. Ritchie was born and raised just up the road from WMMT in Viper, […]

Mtn. Talk: Remembering Sonny Houston

  This special episode of Mountain Talk is dedicated to the memory of Sonny Houston: a Hemphill, KY born and raised musician who passed away during the summer of 2017.  Sonny’s family and childhood friends got together during our Fall Fund Drive to dedicate a day to Sonny’s memory, and this Mountain Talk was part […]

Mtn. News: What’s Next?

This week’s program brings together stories that question what comes next for our region.  As coal jobs decline throughout Central Appalachia – communities, scientists, and schools work to develop innovative approaches to economic transition.   First, we’ll hear a story from the Ohio Valley Resource about the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative’s work to provide relevant, […]

Mtn. Talk Monday: Cowan Creek Mountain Music School

Get a insider’s look at the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School. It’s a small but close-knit group that gathers here each year—some of the country’s finest old-time musicians, and students of all ages and levels – to celebrate our rich mountain heritage of lively tunes, heart-felt singing, spirited square dancing and storytelling. Whether you’re an […]

MN&WR: Silver Buckshot

In this special edition episode, Mountain News & World Report takes a look at some of the pieces of the “silver buckshot” theory of economic diversification for coalfields Appalachia, trying all the ideas to see which ones work. Some of the most tangible ideas are farming, tourism, reclamation, and cultural arts. Join us for a […]

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 […]