SHEPHERDSTOWN—The Shepherd University Center for Appalachian Studies and Communities has launched a new radio show on the university’s public station, WSHC, called “Voices from Appalachia.” The half-hour show runs every Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to noon and features personalities and programs affecting the state and region of Appalachia.

The new show’s mission is to focus on local news, arts, cultural events, and state, regional, and national happenings, as well as events associated with the Appalachian Studies curriculum of Shepherd.

The program announcer is Bryan Staggers, a screenwriter, director, actor and teacher living in Los Angeles and currently a student in the Appalachian Studies MA program. The show’s lead interviewer and producer is Bianca Ison, a master’s student in Appalachian Studies.

In collaboration with Dr. Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt, Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies; Dr. Ben Bankhurst, associate professor of history; and Rachael Meads, a professor of Appalachian studies, Ison has created a professional and timely radio show that spotlights many of the region’s leading artists and activists.

“Voices of the Appalachians” is produced by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Communities and is overseen by a council made up of key players in the arts and programming for the region. The Department of Environmental and Physical Sciences, the College of Business, and the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences also participate in programming.

To learn more about “Voices from Appalachia” and to listen to recordings of the program, visit the show’s webpage at To become an Ally for Appalachia, which supports this programming, visit the Allies for Appalachia webpage at