One of National Public Radio's most popular shows will return to local airwaves Sunday when Four Corners Public Radio
KSUT-FM revives Mountain Stage.
Larry Groce has hosted the weekly concert program from the stage of the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W. Va.
since 1983. It has been primarily heard on NPR affiliates, including KSUT, since its inception but was distributed
independently until NPR picked it up last year and added it to its official roster.
Stasia Lanier, KSUT's Director of Programming and Operations, said no one at the station could remember exactly when or
why Mountain Stage was
discontinued, but she estimated the gap between five and eight years.
Over the years, Mountain Stage helped make stars out of many previously regional acts that got their first national
exposure on the radio show. Among those who credit Mountain Stage for kick-starting their careers are Sarah McLachlan,Norah Jones, Barenaked Ladies, Phish and R.E.M.
Mountain Stage will replace Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know" show, a quiz-style show that station staff deemed
redundant because KSUT also airs the extremely popular Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" program on Sunday afternoons.
We were looking for a two-hour music-oriented program for midday Sunday," Lanier wrote in an e-mail.
Mountain Stage had never fallen off of our radar, as their guest artists were well aligned with the Music Blend and
NPR's distribution made it a natural."
Each two-hour program features four or five guests and is recorded with a live audience. Each guest performs a three-to
six-song segment. Sunday's show will feature Calexico, Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, Jesse Winchester, Harper Simon
and Solas. The coming weeks will include performances by the likes of Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Danny
Barnes, Lucero, Sam Bush and The Bottle Rockets.
Mountain Stage airs from noon to 2 p.m. Sundays on KSUT, heard in Durango at 90.1-FM and 89.3-FM.