Blue Ridge PBS premieres “On the Crooked Road”

Blue Ridge PBS premieres “On the Crooked Road”

Two half-hour specials focus on the region’s culture

On the Crooked Road(Roanoke, VA)—Blue Ridge PBS will celebrate the region’s culture with two new half-hour local productions featuring venues along The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, its affiliated partners and other special places that keep alive bluegrass and old-time music. These “On the Crooked Road” specials premiere Tuesday, November 22 at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

In the 7 p.m. broadcast, viewers will be treated to an overview of The Crooked Road’s founding and mission, followed by segments about the Blue Ridge Institute, Floyd Country Store, Old Fiddlers Convention, Rex Theatre, Blue Ridge Music Center, famed luthier Wayne Henderson, Smyth County Jams and Virginia State Parks on the trail including Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park, Natural Tunnel State Park, Breaks Interstate Park and Grayson Highlands State Park.

The second special airs at 7:30 p.m. focusing on the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance, ETSU Bluegrass program, Carter Family Fold, Lays Hardware, Country Cabin II, Pickin’ in the Pound, The Music of Coal, Ralph Stanley Museum and Jettie Baker Center.

“Blue Ridge PBS is proud to recognize the legendary artists, rising stars and historic places that make our region such an important part of American music,” said James Baum, Blue Ridge PBS president and CEO. “The Crooked Road itself falls entirely within the wonderful area served by Blue Ridge PBS, not to mention the places where country music was born.”

“On the Crooked Road” captures the sights and sounds along and near the Trail, providing a wide range of interviews with visitors, musicians and people who keep the venues in operation. Blue Ridge PBS’ production team spent over a year visiting more than 20 locations, and talking with dozens of people, while creating these high-definition programs.

The production of “On the Crooked Road” was made possible in part by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission, with additional support provided by Alpha Natural Resources, Dominion, the Williams-Berry Charitable Foundation and the Mooneyhan Family Foundation.

Local corporate support for the specials comes from Heartwood, King College, Mitchell Music Company and Virginia Highlands Community College. 

About Blue Ridge PBS

Blue Ridge PBS is the winner of the 2009 and 2010 regional Emmy Award for community service through its production of “JobQuest.” Founded in 1967, Blue Ridge PBS is the sole public multimedia enterprise serving 4 million individuals in portions of five states. The station’s 26,000 square-mile coverage area includes southwestern Virginia and bordering counties in Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, and North Carolina. As the region’s storyteller and a locally owned entity, Blue Ridge PBS pursues stories and issues that speak directly to viewers. Further, over 200,000 schoolchildren and their teachers benefit from the station’s education services that provide a safe, trusted environment for innovative on-air and online learning. Blue Ridge PBS is comprised of WBRA-TV/DT in Roanoke, WSBN-TV/DT in Norton, and WMSY-TV/DT in Marion, Va. www.BlueRidgePBS.org


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