Old-time http://wunc.org en Celebrating Ralph Epperson, WPAQ And 'The Voice Of The Blue Ridge' http://wunc.org/post/celebrating-ralph-epperson-wpaq-and-voice-blue-ridge <p></p><p>This weekend people in Surry County remember a radio pioneer and North Carolina broadcasting legend, Ralph Epperson. A special WPAQ broadcast of the long-running "<a href="http://wunc.org/post/nc-live-radio-show-part-fading-tradition">Merry Go-Round</a>" program and a screening of "Broadcast - A Man and A Dream" documentary are scheduled for Saturday morning and afternoon at <a href="http://www.surrycountymusic.com/" target="_blank">The Earle Theater</a> in Mount Airy, NC.</p><p><strong>WPAQ - "The Voice of the Blue Ridge"</strong></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Keith Weston 33186 at http://wunc.org Celebrating Ralph Epperson, WPAQ And 'The Voice Of The Blue Ridge' NC Ballad Singer Sheila Kay Adams Named National Heritage Fellow http://wunc.org/post/nc-ballad-singer-sheila-kay-adams-named-national-heritage-fellow <p>Mention the name Sheila Kay Adams to any traditional old time musician and you’re likely to elicit a reverent response. &nbsp;In the world of American ballad singers, Adams remains one of the pillars of tradition, drawing on her Madison County roots to perform and teach the old style of singing and banjo playing passed down in her family for generations.&nbsp; This week, her lifetime of nurturing and sharing traditional music <a href="http://www.arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/fellow.php?id=2013_01&amp;type=bio">earned her a National Heritage Fellowship</a> from the National Endowment for the Arts. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 18:30:00 +0000 Laura Candler 16699 at http://wunc.org NC Ballad Singer Sheila Kay Adams Named National Heritage Fellow The Crankie Comes To NC: What It Is And Why People Freak Out When They See One http://wunc.org/post/crankie-comes-nc-what-it-and-why-people-freak-out-when-they-see-one <p>When traditional Appalachian musician <a href="http://www.annaandelizabeth.com/">Anna Roberts-Gevalt</a> first showed ballad singer <a href="http://www.annaandelizabeth.com/">Elizabeth LaPrelle</a> a crankie, Elizabeth was speechless.</p><p>“I really freaked out,” LaPrelle said. She was astounded not only because she had never seen one before, but also because it was such a powerful tool for storytelling. Fri, 24 May 2013 11:48:33 +0000 Laura Candler 15871 at http://wunc.org The Crankie Comes To NC: What It Is And Why People Freak Out When They See One Appalachian Music With Old Fashioned Stage Effects http://wunc.org/post/appalachian-music-old-fashioned-stage-effects <p>While many popular musicians today seek out the newest digital technology to enhance their performances, there’s a young musical duo from rural Virginia who are moving in the opposite direction. Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle call themselves simply “<a href="http://www.annaandelizabeth.com/home.html">Anna and Elizabeth</a>.”&nbsp; Both accomplished traditional Appalachian musicians on a variety of instruments, together they have resurrected a storytelling tradition called the “crankie,” whose technology outdates their combined age (which is 50). Fri, 01 Mar 2013 20:30:00 +0000 Laura Candler 11162 at http://wunc.org Appalachian Music With Old Fashioned Stage Effects Old-time Radio Show Brings Together Local Celebrities http://wunc.org/post/old-time-radio-show-brings-together-local-celebrities <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Old-time radio may be old-fashioned, but it’s not extinct. Every year, the <a href="http://murpheyschoolradio.net/HOME.html">Murphey School Radio Show </a>brings together North Carolina writers and musicians for a charitable variety show. The next one is coming up February 23.</p><p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 15:06:46 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 9734 at http://wunc.org The Legacy of Joe Thompson http://wunc.org/post/legacy-joe-thompson <p>Joe Thompson was a legendary fiddler, teacher and cultural icon. He passed away earlier this year after bringing new life to old-time string band music for many decades. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 14:40:00 +0000 Frank Stasio & Meghan Modafferi 5013 at http://wunc.org The Legacy of Joe Thompson N.C. Live Radio Show Part Of A Fading Tradition http://wunc.org/post/nc-live-radio-show-part-fading-tradition Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, host: <p>Here's one good old broadcast tradition that's still going on. Every Saturday morning, musicians in Mount Airy, North Carolina, gather at a historic downtown theater. They've been doing it since 1948 when AM radio station WPAQ began airing a live show called the "Merry-Go-Round." <p>The program features regional old-time and bluegrass music. And today, the "Merry-Go-Round" is one of the last shows of its kind on the airwaves. <p>From North Carolina Public Radio, Jessica Jones reports. Wed, 25 Aug 2010 20:59:00 +0000 Jessica Jones & Jessica Jones 33206 at http://wunc.org