Representing WVPB and “Abracadabra” production team, left to right, John Hale, VFX artist; Marilea Butcher, producer. James Caplinger, actor, “Salty the Pirate;” James Nemitz, actor, “Professor Science,” and Jeff Kerscher, composer.
Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Public Broadcasting production team has earned an Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Award for the episode “Joey’s Time Machine” of the children’s program, “Abracadabra.”

Chuck Roberts, interim executive director, said he is proud of WVPB’s entire video production team, not just for winning a prestigious award, but for its continual commitment to excellence in all projects.

West Virginia Morning
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  The Kanawha State Forest Coalition continues their fight against the mountaintop removal mine site just 1,500 feet from the forest's edge with a rally at the state Capitol. Dr. William White, member of the state Board of Education and the West Virginia Broadcasting Authority board of directors, talks about his book focused on curbing unemployment in the African American community. West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Abracadabra is finishing up production of its fourth season, and Jessie Winchester sing "Never Forget to Boogie" in the Mountain Stage Song of the Week.  

John Hale

Abracadabra – shortened to just “Abra” in the hallways of WV Public Broadcasting—is a locally produced program for children that combines magic and ventriloquism with nutrition, health, exercise and safety.  The show is hosted and produced by physician/magician/ventriloquist Michael Adelman, the President of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Characters like Daisey, Salty the Pirate, Professor Science, and Duk (the magical duck) sing, dance, learn, and watch magic tricks. And of course there’s Joey, a bright well-meaning, mischievous boy puppet. Glynis Board visited set this week to talk to Adelman and Joey as the fourth season of production wraps up.

Behind the Scenes of Abracadabra

Oct 11, 2013
Chuck Roberts / WV PBS

Production on season three of "Abracadabra" has begun in our studio in Beckley, WV.  The cast and crew, under the direction of Larry Dowling, are hard at work producing segments for children relating to health, nutrition, and safety.  Season three is slated to begin airing in the summer of 2014.

Abracadabra "Cyber Safety"

Sep 17, 2013

Mike and Joey explore the issues of safety on the Internet.