Mountains of Music on Crooked Road

Our region has incredible cultural assets, especially our music and dance, as well as traditional arts, crafts and foodways. In this episode of Mountain Talk Monday, we learn about the Mountains of Music Homecoming happening throughout Southwest Virginia June 9-17. Its a project of the The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, which came into […]

An Appalachian Fellows Valentine

Hope Hart is part of the new cohort of Appalachian Transition Fellows, a group of emerging leaders working with organizations and agencies in Appalachia to accelerate the transition to a diversified and resilient economy. For Valentine’s Day, Hope asked Fellows to describe what love in the context of working in a community means to them. […]

Hazard, KY: Boom or Bust?

What is it going to take to revitalize our once thriving coal towns? In this edition of WMMT’s Mountain News & World Report we take an in depth look at community efforts to revitalize downtown Hazard, in the heart of Perry County, KY. The entire half hour is devoted to the voices of Hazard folks […]

Talking Diversity for Coalfields Economy

What does it take to successfully build the economy of a small community once dependent on coal? Economic diversity. But why are some residents wary of business diversification and the entrepreneurial spirit? Can arts and cultural heritage play a critical role in that economic diversification? WMMT Mountain Talk host Kelli Haywood discusses small town economics […]