"Mountain Stage at 30: A Radio Retrospective" will air 8 p.m. today, 6 a.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday leading into the broadcast of Mountain Stage and at 9 p.m. Dec. 11 on West Virginia Public Radio.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Dave Mistich knew when he got the idea to produce a radio documentary for West Virginia Public Broadcasting about the 30-year history of Mountain Stage that it was a daunting task.
The project, conceived last year, resulted in about 25 hours of audio material; Mistich also waded through about 2,000 hours of music in the radio show's archives.
"It's impossible to condense 30 years of this into an hour," he said. So Mistich, the digital editor/coordinator for Public Broadcasting, didn't even try to do that.
Instead, he focused on particular narratives that he believes define the show.
"One of them being these really talented people that have been able to put on a show for 30 years with limited resources," he said, adding Mountain Stage host Larry Groce has made the comment that the show's crew has never really had time to be philosophical or introspective -- they were too busy trying to produce shows.