Lalena Price

Communications and Marketing

Lalena Price oversees marketing and communications for West Virginia Public Broadcasting. She comes to us with experience in the fields of government, higher education, daily newspapers, multi-media development and nonprofit organizations. She has been a devoted follower of West Virginia Public Broadcasting since childhood and loves bringing her marketing and communications skills to work for her favorite media organization.

Lalena is a native of the Mountain State and is proud of her two degrees from Marshall University -- one in journalism and the other an Executive MBA.

She has a muddly little horse farm in Jackson County. For evidence, see her shoes.

WVU Extension Service and West Virginia Public Broadcasting have partnered to bring youth programming into the homes of West Virginia families.

Kara Lofton/ West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Two award-winning West Virginia Public Broadcasting programs — Inside Appalachia and Us & Them — can each add a Public Media Journalists Association 2020 Award to their lists of achievements.
 

Andrea Billups has joined the West Virginia Public Broadcasting team as news director, effective today.  

 

Billups, a native of Hurricane, W.Va., is a veteran national reporter, author, media consultant and educator. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Marshall University, where she was a 2018 inductee into the Marshall University Journalism Hall of Fame. She earned her master's degree in mass communications from the University of Florida. 

 

Siddie K. Cipoletti of Beckley won first place in the Fourth Grade category of the 2020 PBSKids Writers Contest presented by WVPB.
Siddie K. Cipoletti

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s PBS Kids Writers Contest presented by West Virginia Public Broadcasting!

• READ THE WINNING STORIES HERE!

Winners have been notified and have received their awards by mail. Their full stories will be published on our Education page in the coming days and all first-place stories will be featured in WVPB's Education Newsletter. Please, stay tuned and go here to sign up to get the newsletter!

West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s news team has earned three awards in the Radio Television Digital News Association’s 2020 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.

WVPB’s News Team won regional awards in the Region 8, Small Market Radio Division, competing with news agencies from throughout Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. WVPB won the following categories:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In response to the economic crisis resulting from COVID-19, West Virginia Public Broadcasting has offered a series of free radio announcements to independent and locally owned restaurants and small businesses that are still open and following social distancing guidelines during the pandemic.

More than 40 small business responded. Each business that met the criteria received a three-week rotation of underwriting spots on the statewide WVPB radio network. Most are still playing in rotation.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s team earned seven top honors during the 2019 Virginias AP Broadcasters Contest. Awards were announced May 1 during a virtual awards show.

CHARLESTON, W.VA. — Despite social distancing limitations that meant reimagining an in-person training for the Inside Appalachia Folkways Reporting Corps Project, 12 storytellers are now off and running (from a safe distance, of course) to gather and share unique stories of arts and culture from across the Appalachian region.

This is a picture of Kelly Griffith on Capitol Street, Charleston, WV.
Lalena Price / WVPB

Kelly Griffith, a former teacher with a strong focus on early literacy, has been named Education Director for West Virginia Public Broadcasting effective immediately, said Executive Director Chuck Roberts.

 

The West Virginia Department of Education has entered into a partnership with West Virginia Public Broadcasting to deliver student engagement content for West Virginia students amid the COVID-19 school closures.

The nomination period for the Friends of West Virginia Public Broadcasting Board of Directors is open until 11:59 p.m. on April 17, 2020.

Every individual contribution gives supporters membership in the Friends of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Inc., and entitles them to vote for members of its Board of Directors.

CHARLESTON, W.VA. — West Virginia Public Broadcasting will continue to provide essential news and entertainment across WVPB’s statewide television, radio and digital network throughout the duration of the stay-at-home directive from Governor Justice.

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Public Broadcasting is looking for the perfect candidate with the highest level of journalistic and ethical standards to lead its reporting team as News Director.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting has selected 13 storytellers to be a part of the second year of its Inside Appalachia Folkways Reporting Project.

The project expands the reporting of the Inside Appalachia team to include more stories from West Virginia, as well as expanding coverage in Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and Ohio. Storytellers will explore Appalachia’s rich folklife, arts and material culture.

This is a photo of a speaker on a stage during a Moth Mainstage production and contains text about the upcoming Charleston performance.
The Moth Mainstage

If you love West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s The Moth Radio Hour, you’ll love The Moth Mainstage, which is bringing a troupe of storytellers from across the country to the West Virginia Culture Center in Charleston this Thursday, March 5, at 7 p.m.

The West Virginia Public Broadcasting engineering team has completed a major upgrade at its Coopers Rock State Park tower. This is first of several planned upgrades across the WVPB system as part of the Federal Communications Commission-mandated spectrum repack.

KANSAS CITY, MO. — As the election season kicks off, the "America Amplified: Election 2020" initiative, led by KCUR 89.3 in Kansas City, is pleased to announce the eight public media networks that will produce innovative journalism from community engagement efforts, including the Ohio Valley ReSource, which partners with West Virginia Public Broadcasting.



Each of these collaborations will receive funding from the initiative, which is supported by a $1.9 million grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.



West Virginia Public Broadcasting is returning to the state Capitol to deliver nightly coverage of the 2020 legislative session, beginning with Gov. Jim Justice’s State of the State Address, Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m.

The Legislature Today is West Virginia’s only nightly television/radio simulcast devoted to covering the state’s 60-day regular legislative session.

Beginning today, West Virginia Public Broadcasting viewers and YouTube TV subscribers will have access to educational and inspiring PBS content.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting will air live coverage of the House of Representatives’ Public Impeachment Hearings this Wednesday, November 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Friday, November 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

NPR Live Coverage will air on the statewide public radio network and PBS NewsHour’s Special Coverage will air on The West Virginia Channel on television.

The West Virginia Public Broadcasting team, along with many of its great friends, will read the book “Thank You, Omu!” by Oge Mora to children across the Mountain State on Thursday, November 7, as part of Jumpstart’s international initiative, 'Read for the Record'.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Mountain State opera lovers can purchase tickets now for The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD movie theater transmissions for the 2019-20 season.

Three West Virginia cinemas will show the productions live including Regal Nitro Theatre, Nitro, Cinemark Huntington Mall, Barboursville, and Regal Morgantown Theatre, Morgantown.

The Live in HD lineup includes all five of this season’s new productions alongside five thrilling revivals.

Country Music: A Film By Ken Burns,
In Tune: A Community of Musicians
focus of free community event

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Public Broadcasting is hosting an evening celebrating both old-time and country music in Charleston.

Our engineers are working diligently to update the entire WVPB television system to the new ATSC3.0 broadcast format. To complete this work safely, we will turn off the Parkersburg transmitter for over-the-air transmission beginning August 1.

The outage could last up to three weeks.

Beginning today, West Virginia Public Broadcasting's television station in Morgantown, WNPB-TV, will terminate broadcasts on Channel 33 and begin operating on Channel 34. The change should result in a stronger signal for our viewers.

If you use an antenna to watch our station, you will need to rescan your television to Channel 34 to keep watching our broadcast. The graphic here walks you through the simple process. Rescanning requires no new equipment, devices or services.

Eric Douglas / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

When the Inside Appalachia team talked with West Virginia composer Matt Jackfert about new theme music, it seemed like a tall order. The team was looking for something that's true to the Appalachian roots but doesn't sound like a stereotypical tune. 

Jackfert, who is host of WVPB's Classical Music program, said that the theme music came to him after he woke up from a nap. He says he pulled from his experience as a native to come up with something that is new and fresh for Inside Appalachia.

Where do we learn how to have a democratic dialog these days? Perhaps Parkersburg?
 
It’s not really a skill taught in schools, and depending on your political, religious, socio-economic status, or even favorite football team, the chances of you not wholly agreeing with your neighbor, friend, relative or city council member is high.

Photos of StarDate's Sandy Wood and Billy Henry
The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory

Sandy Wood, the popular and charismatic announcer of the StarDate radio program aired during Morning Edition and Weekend Edition on WVPB, is retiring after 28 years on the air. Her final episode will air July 16.

"Inside Appalachia" folklife reporter, Caitlin Tan, interviews Folkways Corps Reporter Heather Niday during an exercise at a recent "Inside Appalachia Folkways Reporting Project" training.
Eric Douglas / WVPB

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Public Broadcasting has launched a new program that will help support journalists as they tell the real stories of Appalachians and expand the focus of its award-winning "Inside Appalachia" radio and podcast program to include even more emphasis on folklife, arts and culture, announced Chuck Roberts, executive director and CEO of West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Larry Groce, host and artistic director for Mountain Stage for 36 years, will be inducted into the 2020 Class of the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.

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