Eddie Isom

Director of Programming

Eddie has been with WVPB since January 1996. Before being named Director of Programming for both radio and television, he worked in several areas, including traffic, broadcast operations, television programming and underwriting.

Eddie grew up in Wyoming County and has a B.A. in English from Concord College (now Concord University). Before coming to WVPB he worked as a reporter at the Bluefield Daily Telegraph and a control board operator at WHAJ Radio in Bluefield.

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This Thursday, February 22, West Virginia Public Broadcasting will air the last live Doctors on Call program.

When the program premiered, it was a weekly half-hour call in program produced with WVU Medicine. The program has played an important in role in educating the citizens of West Virginia about health issues. It was one of the few programs that allowed our viewers to talk directly to doctors and ask important questions.

Matthews Rhys in THE SCAPEGOAT

There's a widely known saying that everyone has a twin out there somewhere in the world. But what happens when you actually meet that doppleganger? We're about the find out.

THE SCAPEGOAT, a new British drama, will premiere on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 9 p.m. on WV PBS.

Press tour photo
Courtesy of Rahoul Ghose/PBS

A new six-part series titled The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross will chronicle the full sweep of African-American history. Beginning with the origins of slavery, the series will present four centuries of truly remarkable historic events up to present day.

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross will air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. beginning Oct. 22 on WV PBS. 

The Cast of The Cafe
Courtesy BBC Worldwide

You're about to be introduced to a zany cast of characters at a small seaside English cafe. Run by three generations of women, The Cafe -- the newest British comedy to be added to the WV PBS program library -- plays host to the strangest array of customers to hit the small screen. The series is warm and funny, and as is the case with most of our British comedies, it's filled with observational humor.

Official Bridge Day Logo
New River Gorge Bridge Day Commission

This Saturday, hordes of people will gather on the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayette County and watch people jump off of it. Bridge Day has been celebrated for over 30 years now with daredevils BASE jumping from the top of the bridge to the New River below.

As part of our mission of "Telling West Virginia's Story,"  we will broadcast special programming this week on WV PBS.2, celebrating the upcoming Bridge Day celebration.

Actor Liev Shreiber, host of Superheroes documentary
Courtesy of Stephanie Berger

It's not a bird or a plane, and it can't leap tall buildings in a single bound. And at three hours, it's not going to be faster than a speeding bullet.

But what Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle will be is informative and entertaining. It's finally here. We premiere this documentary on WV PBS Tuesday, Oct. 15, beginning at 8 p.m.

56 Up on POV
Documentary poster

Imagine your life in a bubble since age 7. Every 7 years, cameras returned to capture your life and interview you, revealing your dreams to everyone. You grow up before the world. And now you're 56.

WV PBS brings the eighth film in a series begun 49 years ago in England when a group of 7-year-olds were chosen for this landmark documentary series. "56 UP" will air on POV Monday, Oct. 14, at 10 p.m. on WV PBS.

Downton Abbey, Season 2
Courtesy of Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011 for MASTERPIECE

Everyone is anxiously awaiting the Jan. 5 premiere of season 4 of Masterpiece Classic's "Downton Abbey," but in the meantime WV PBS is giving our viewers a chance to catch up and re-familiarize themselves with the key players in this British drama.

Season 1 aired in a marathon in September, and starting Sunday, oct. 13, at 10 p.m., we begin broadcasting season 2 on a weekly basis.

Newcastle H.S. athletic trainer Damon Glass administers the King Devick test
Courtesy the producers of The Smartest Team

For some high school youth, playing for a winning football team can be the ultimate dream. But what are the risks in a sport that now goes beyond the high school field? Players not only compete with other teams, but their performance on the gridiron can lead to scholarships at universities that could ultimately determine their future. Greater competition, some say, is leading to more injuries, which could also determine a teenager's future.

Protesters at the Arab Spring uprising in Egypt.
Courtesy of Shehab El Den

When artist Jim Lee and his family came to America from South Korea, he didn't know any English. That posed problems for a young immigrant in a preppy, upper-class neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri. He says he often felt like an outsider. On occasion his parents would buy him comic books, and he could follow the story by looking at the pictures. He also began to learn English through the graphic stories. Lee would be inspired enough by the comic books with their superheroes to forge his way into the competitive world of comic book artist.

FRONTLINE League of Denial
Courtesy of Nick Veasey / Getty Images

There's no denying the popularity of football in American culture. The sport draws parents and high school students out on Friday nights. College and university arenas fill up on the weekends. The NFL draws some of the highest ratings on television.

But has the sport been safe for the players? The National Football League has been accused of knowing about and covering up reports that the sport has caused long-term brain injuries on many players.

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman in the famous poster
Courtesy of Courtesy of The Kobal Collection at Art Resource

When psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston created Wonder Woman in the 1940's,  he said it was because boys had heroes like Superman to look up to, but girls had no one. By the time the 1970's had arrived, it was time for the comic book character to make it to television, and it became a role that would define actress Lynda Carter throughout her career.

Elton John in Concert, Saturday, Oct. 5, 8 p.m.
Courtesy of Joseph Guay

In a new television special airing on WV PBS, superstar Elton John proves he still has what it takes to entertain the crowds.

Just in time for the release of his first studio album in 7 years, we are happy to bring our viewers ELTON JOHN IN CONCERT on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m. on WV PBS. We will replay the special at 9:30 p.m. the same night.

Maxine Peake stars in Silk
Courtesy of © BBC 2011 for MASTERPIECE

Due to popular demand from our viewers, West Virginia PBS will air the three-part Masterpiece Mystery! series "Silk" in October. West Virginia PBS pre-empted the series in September because of a fund-raising campaign.

The series will air on Thursday nights, Oct. 3rd, 10th and 17th, at 9 p.m.

"West Virginia PBS always appreciates feedback regarding our programming decisions and we always make every attempt to listen to our viewers and make adjustments accordingly," said Craig Lanham, director of TV Programming.