West Virginia Talk

West Virginia Talk

Bringing you the best of West Virginia information. We cover the state with a fresh approach, helping you to understand the history, places to eat, things to do, and citizens of WV. Join James and Jerry on this fast growing podcast.

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April 14, 2024 29 mins

Join James and Jerry on our latest episode of West Virginia Talk as we speak to Jamie Summerlin.  Jamie is a Gulf War veteran who served in the Marine Corp for 6 years.  He is the author of the book "Freedom Run" and is currently the CEO of Guidon Creative who is the driving force behind this new festival in Morgantown, WV.  In this episode we will talk about all the amazing vendors that will be coming to participate in t...

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Ever wish you could experience world - class art, captivating science exhibits, and a stunning symphony hall all in one place?  Then take a trip with us to the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia!  In this episode, we delve into this unique cultural hub in Charleston, West Virginia.  We will talk about the Avampato Discovery Museum, the Juliet Art Museum, and the Maier Foundation Performance Hall.  So buckle up, ...

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This episode welcomes an exceptional guest - Josh Eilert, the head coach of West Virginia University men's basketball. As we journey through his life, from a small town in Kansas to leading a Division 1 team, be prepared for a lesson in resilience, determination, and the beauty of sports. Hearing about his experiences as an interim head coach and the heartfelt advice he offered his team - is truly inspiring.

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Join us as we uncover the intriguing history and luxurious offerings of West Virginia's premier destination, the Greenbrier Resort, with special guest Cam Huffman, the Director of Public Relations. Prepare to be amazed by the resort's rich history, dating back to 1778, when the healing properties of the White Sulphur Springs first attracted visitors, leading to the development of the now 11,000-acre property. From golf an...

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Located in the Ohio River is one of the most unique state parks that West Virginia has to offer.  While some of the standard state park attractions such as hiking and fishing will draw some visitors in, it is the history of this fascinating island that will draw most of the visitors.  Home to Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett in the late 1800's, a replica of their home stands today.  The real draw comes from their partnership...

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This episode takes us to Heritage Farm.  Founded in 1973 by Mike and Heriella Perry this former farm has become one of the most intriguing places to visit in our great state.  From touring any of the seven museums to having an adventure with one of their many outdoor activities, this place has it all.  This is definitely a great place for the entire family since it has something for everyone and will keep you occupied all day.  If ...

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March 13, 2023 24 mins

Located in the hills of West Virginia stands the world's largest radio telescope.  The Green Bank Observatory has been one of the most sought-after locations for radio research in the world.  Since the 1980's many new space discoveries have been made at this facility, and it is definitely a location that needs to be on your bucket list of places to travel to.  Join James and Jerry as they bring you more information of thi...

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February 27, 2023 45 mins

In this first episode of Season 3, James and Jerry journey to Mineral County, West Virginia.  Why Mineral County?  This is where the city of Fort Ashby is located and home to the Ashby's Fort Museum.  After taking in this historical location built during the French and Indian War, we had the fantastic opportunity to interview Randy Crane who is a volunteer curator for the museum.   What we found out on our visit was, although ...

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One of the greatest opportunities we have on this podcast, is bringing light to areas that many may not know about.  This is definitely one of those moments.  Located in Belle, West Virginia is what we think could be one of the best places to see a theatrical performance that is well played and easy on the wallet.  Join us as we talk to the director Cathy Deobler about the great things happening at Mountain Roots Theater.
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November 14, 2022 29 mins

On this episode, we focus on a small village with a whole lot of history that is still on display to this day.  Built by immigrants from Switzerland and Germany in 1869.  This village and its citizens pressed through many uphill battles to exist.  Thanks to those strong people, the traditions and village are proudly on display to this day by their ancestors.  From celebrations to food and from hard work to the buildings still stand...

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October 10, 2022 85 mins

For this episode, we wanted to have a little fun as we are now in October and Halloween is quickly approaching.  Our main focus of this episode is some of the creatures (monsters) that have become part of our state's folklore.  We will not only talk about these creatures but also share where they were spotted in case you would like to visit the area yourself.  Also included is the number 1 haunted location in our state to visi...

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In our final podcast of season 2, we end with one of the most famous soldiers from West Virginia.  C. Carwood Lipton was a member of "Easy Company" that was portrayed in the HBO hit series "Band of Brothers".  We were very excited for his son to join us on this episode to help give more detail to not just the soldier but the man.

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After 14 long years, the Charleston Sternwheel Regatta is coming back with a bang.  This event  started out with an idea from a 13-year-old boy who wanted to watch sternwheel boats race. This year's Regatta is expected to bring 250,000 over five days.  It is often referred to as "The East Coast Mardi Gras", it'll feature ten big- name music acts , including Everclear, The Four Tops, and Martina McBride. Oh, and ...

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On this episode James and Jerry look at a gem of a state park. They also interview Award winning Korean-American author Frances Park to find her connection to our state and more specifically "Babcock State Park".  For more information on her current work and upcoming events visit Park Sisters.  

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June 6, 2022 49 mins

In this episode, James and Jerry travel to Keyser, WV to visit with people during their Strawberry Festival.  Keyser is located in Mineral County along the North Branch of the Potomac River.  The festival had been on hold since the pandemic, and we wanted to take this opportunity to ask questions about our state and see what responses we would get from those in attendance. Today's episode is sponsored by "The Book Exchang...

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May 30, 2022 28 mins

In part two of the Harpers Ferry Podcast James and Jerry get valuable insight from Public Affairs Specialist Leah Taber who works at the National Park.  She provides information and answers questions that we hope will be relevant to our audience in helping gain knowledge of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.  This is one place you definitely want to mark on your bucket list for places to go.

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May 23, 2022 34 mins

In this episode James and Jerry talk about a very special place in West Virginia.  It is almost like a history lovers' version of Walt Disney World.  Harpers Ferry has it all.  You can enjoy the outdoors by fishing, hiking, wildlife watching, mountain biking, and even rock climbing.  Or, if history is more your thing, then they offer shops that replicate the 19th century, John Brown's Fort and museum, African American his...

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May 16, 2022 75 mins

James and Jerry interview two of the biggest names around the Mountain State in Dale "Wolfman" Wolfley and Tommy Lopez (Tommy 2).  This episode has a little bit of everything. We talk about the N.I.L. and Country Roads Trust, WVU Medicine Children's Hospital, Spring Game, Economic Impact WVU has on local economy, and last but not least the upcoming production of "The Wolfman and Tommy 2" YouTube Channel/Web...

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Join James, Jerry, and our special guest "Gold and Blue Dude" as we discuss the WVU football Spring Game.  Even though we typically cover places to visit, what WVU fan can pass up an opportunity to discuss our football team with another passionate fan and a YouTube star?! The future is looking bright for Neal Brown and the team heading into this upcoming season.  If you would like to stay up to date on WVU sports, then si...

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On this episode, James and Jerry have the honor of talking to Tonya Webb who is the Executive Director at Tug Valley Area CVB.  She provides a vast wealth of knowledge on the trail system that runs through Mingo County.  While we had her on our show, we took the opportunity to ask about other sites and attractions in and around Williamson, WV.  This episode covers Hatfield McCoy Trail System trails Buffalo Mountain, Devil Anse, and...

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