6-10-13 Celebrate state’s 150th birthday with WV Public Broadcasting

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Charleston, W.Va. —  As West Virginia celebrates its 150th birthday, West Virginia Public Broadcasting is adding to the festivities by airing more than two dozen television documentaries about the state and its history; plus a special one-hour radio documentary.

“We felt it was important for West Virginia Public Broadcasting to participate in telling the State’s story,” said Scott Finn, executive director. “This is what we are known for and we are proud to include our own productions plus films from independent producers that can’t be seen (or heard) anywhere else.

“We hope our viewers and listeners enjoy the variety of stories presented this month and the diversity of perspectives the producers bring to our audiences.”

On West Virginia Public Radio

  • Thursday, June 20 at 9 p.m. — West Virginia 150: Commemorating Statehood — a one hour documentary that explores how the state’s history and other characteristics shape today’s West Virginians and tries to answer the question “what does it mean to be a West Virginian?” Produced by Cecelia Mason, Shepherdstown Bureau Chief for West Virginia Public Broadcasting.


  • Monday-Wednesday, June 17-19 at 9 pm. — West Virginia: A Film History — looks at many noted individuals who made contributions to the history of the state including Robert C. Byrd, Henry Louis Gates, Leon Sullivan and Jerry West. (Repeats Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 24 at 2:30 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, June 18 at 9:30 p.m. — The Great Kanawha: An American Story, a documentary that traces the early history, European settlement and the beginning of the industrialization along the river. Produced by West Virginia Documentary Consortium, Inc.
  • Wednesday, June 19 at 9:30 p.m.  – Winding Gulf: Stories from West Virginia’s Coalfields — examines the impact of industry upon a particular place and the people who live, work, and die there. Produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Russ Barbour and Jessica Lilly.
  • Thursday, June 20

8 p.m. – the broadcast premiere of West Virginia: The Road to Statehood. Through interviews with respected state historians, dramatizations, archival letters, sketches and photographs, the film examines events and philosophies behind West Virginia statehood. Produced by Chip Hitchcock and Russ Barbour from West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

8:30 p.m. — State Born from a Nation Torn produced by Clarksburg native Lemeul Muniz.

10 p.m. — A Moving Monument: The West Virginia State Capitol  an award-winning documentary from MotionMasters tracing the fascinating story of the Mountain State’s seat of government.


On WV PBS, continued

  • Sunday, June 23

7 p.m. — 3 Rivers: The Bluestone, Gauley and the New (Russ Barbour)

9 p.m. — Obscurely Famous Graves – visit the graves and find out more about some of the state’s “forgotten” luminaries. Produced by Jack Crutchfield.

  • Wednesday, June 26 at 8:30 p.m. — Secrets of the Valley: Prehistory of the Kanawha – West Virginia State University film professor Daniel Boyd collaborated with U.S Army Corps of Engineers archeologist Robert Maslowski to tell the story of the Kanawha Valley’s prehistory.
  • Sunday June 30 at 8 p.m. — East Wind, West Wind: Pearl Buck, The Woman Who Embraced the World. The film follows the extraordinary life of a missionary child, born in West Virginia at the end of the 19th century and raised in rural China, who became one of the best known American writers and received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938. Produced by Craig Davidson.

On WV PBS.2 (where available)

  • Wednesdays, June 12, 19 and 26 at 7 p.m. — Road Trip to History – a series of spellbinding journeys through the communities, history, and events that shaped the heartland of the Shenandoah Valley from Oak Tree Productions.
  • Tuesday, June 11 at 8 p.m. — The Appalachians, a three-part documentary by Braxton County native Mary-Lynn Evans.
  • Wednesday, June 12 at 8:30 p.m. – The Vandalia Gathering — a documentary about the annual bluegrass music festival in Charleston by West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s John Nakashima.
  • Wednesday, June 15

7 p.m. — Ken Hechler: In Pursuit of Justice (Russ Barbour)

9 p.m. — Robert C, Byrd: Soul of the Senate (MotionMasters)

  • Sunday, June 16

8 p.m. — Crossings: Bridge Building in West Virginia (West Virginia Department of Transportation)

9 p.m. — Road to Opportunity: The WV Turnpike 50th Anniversary (West Virginia Department of Transportation)

10 p.m. – A Brief History of The Greenbrier, the story of the resort by Erik Hastings and Bob Conte for the resort.

  • Monday, June 17

8 p.m. — Mills of Pendleton County — More than 40 water-driven mills existed at one time in remote Pendleton County. Directed by Gerald Milnes for the Fort Seybert Heritage Educational Association

9 p.m. —  The Resilient Forest — documents the settlement, early history, industrialization, folk life, recreation, conservation and forestry practices that formed the cultural identity of residents of the Appalachian Forest Heritage area. Produced by the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area.

10 p.m. — Helvetia, the community of Swiss immigrants that settled in Upshur County from West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

  • Tuesday, June 18 at 10 p.m. — A Principled Man: Rev. Leon Sullivan — meet the man who would mentor Martin Luther King, Jr., help free Nelson Mandela, play a significant role in ending apartheid in South Africa and create the Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC). (MotionMasters)


On WV PBS.2 continued

  • Wednesday, June 19

8:30 p.m. – Clifftop —  a documentary look at the Appalachian String Band Music Festival from West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

10 p.m. — Passing Through Sandstone — the history of a small town on the banks of the New River by Jon Averill.

  • Thursday, June 20 at 8 p.m. — Whiz Kids: The Movie. At a time when American teens lag far behind other countries in math and science, this is a coming-of-age documentary that tells the story of three remarkably different, yet equally passionate 17-year-old scientists who vie to compete in the nation’s oldest, most prestigious science competition. The young girl hails from Parkersburg where her project discovered C8 in the local water supply. (Sandbar Pictures)
  • Friday, June 21 at 8 p.m. — Best of the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
  • Saturday, June 22

7 p.m. — A Living Monument: The West Virginia County Courthouses (MotionMasters)

8 p.m. — A Moving Monument: The West Virginia State Capitol (MotionMasters)

9 p.m. — Foundation of Justice: Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia (MotionMasters)

9:30 p.m. The Griffin and the Minor Canon, an animated production of Frank Stockton’s short story featuring the voice of West Virginia native and actor David Selby.

  • Sunday June 23 at 10 p.m. — Welcome to Coalwood, a documentary film about the hometown of Homer Hickam and the Rocket Boys who were featured in the 1999 film, “October Sky.” By See to Sea Productions.
  • Tuesday, June 25

8 p.m. — American Experience: John D. Rockefeller (PBS)

10 p.m. — Reconstructing Bill: The Story of Gov. William C. Marland — Marland was considered one of West Virginia’s most intelligent and visionary chief executives, but was discovered driving a cab as part of his self-made rehabilitation program from alcoholism. (Russ Barbour)




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