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.

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.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting's latest addition to its network of radio transmitters has a long history of serving North Central West Virginia. Alderson Broaddus University student reporter Lauren McMillen, a sophomore mass communications major from Pittsburgh, tells the story of WQAB, 91.3 FM.

 

Interest has been high for West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s sneak peek of “Victoria’s” Season 3 premiere this Thursday in Charleston. The event is at capacity now. RSVPs are required for this screening and are no longer being accepted.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Educational Broadcasting Authority has appointed Chuck Roberts executive director of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

It’s beginning to look and sound a lot like the holidays around West Virginia Public Broadcasting. WVPB has a great holiday lineup of specials for both radio and television for the upcoming holidays.

THANKSGIVING:

Radio:

  • The Splendid Table’s Turkey Confidential, Nov. 22, 12 p.m.

Television:

  • America’s Test Kitchen Special: Home for the Holidays, Nov. 19, 8 p.m.

HANUKKAH/CHRISTMAS:

Radio:

The television translator for WVPB in the Wheeling viewing area is offline and could be out for several weeks while engineers look for a solution.

Dave McClanahan, WVPB’s chief engineer, said the translator is irreparable. “Parts and technical support for this model are not available,” McClanahan said. “There is no reasonable way to fix the translator and parts from other manufacturers won’t work.”

West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the Charleston Town Center are teaming up for the 2018 Daniel Tiger Sweater Drive.

We're asking for new or gently used sweaters to help those in need face the cold winter months.

Donations can be made at the service desk inside the Charleston Town Center throughout November.

Sweaters will be delivered by employees of West Virginia Public Broadcasting to a local charity.

Please, won't you join us by helping your neighbor?

Jacqueline Van Meter of StoryCorps leads her team in a discussion at a WVPB StoryCorps Listening Party in early October.
Lalena Price / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The StoryCorps MobileBooth just departed Charleston and is headed to its next destination in Athens, Georgia. Fortunately, the StoryCorps team left behind a sizeable collection of great stories for WVPB to share with audiences.

For a terrific sampling of the voices of Charleston, West Virginia, click the link below to hear a montage of interview excerpts prepared by StoryCorps facilitator Jacqueline Van Meter for a special listening party at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in early October.