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 happenings in the state, region, and country, as well as events associated with Shepherd’s Appalachian Studies program. .

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 main interviewer and producer for the program is Bianca Ison, a master’s student in Appalachian studies.

Together with Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt, Director of the Appalachian Studies Center, Ben Bankhurst, Associate Professor of History, and Rachael Meads, Professor of Appalachian Studies, Ison has created a timely and professional radio show that highlights 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 are also involved in programming.