CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- If you're wondering where "Mountain Stage" has gone, you're not the only one.
West Virginia Public Radio's live performance show has only had a handful of shows in Charleston in 2012, the last being a month ago during FestivALL. Before that, "Mountain Stage" played most of its shows out of town.
That's not likely to change soon, according to executive producer Adam Harris.
"No one is going to be as happy as me to be back in the Culture Center, believe me," Harris said, wearily.
Initially, he thought "Mountain Stage" would be back at its regular home in Charleston by October, but the plans he was working on for a Charleston show fell through.
"I'm back to square one," Harris said this week. The next show in Charleston could be in November, he said, or even December.
"Mountain Stage" currently has six other shows to finalize, including two in Alaska, a pair in Minnesota and one in Ohio. The only scheduled West Virginia show is in Morgantown.
Those dates in August, September and October are already scheduled, but the show is still filling in holes in the guest list - which makes focusing on another show in Charleston more difficult, Harris said.
Taking the show on the road, even out of state, is nothing unusual.
In 2006, "Mountain Stage" began making an annual trip to Bristol, Va., for the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance event. In 2007, the show went on an extended road trip called the "Moving the Mountain" tour that took it to New York, Philadelphia and Boston, then later to Ann Arbor, Mich., and Vienna, Va.
Last year, they took the show overseas and played the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, Scotland.
Traveling is good for "Mountain Stage," Harris said.
"The short answer is it's fortuitous for us to go on the road. Every time we take the show somewhere, it saves us some money," he said.
When it's away from home, "Mountain Stage" doesn't have to pay the rental on the performance hall and some of the costs associated with that. It also doesn't have to pay for lodging and other odds and ends associated with the guests, which add up.
"As soon as we pack the truck, we save a little bit of money," he said. "It costs a little bit of money for us to take the show on the road, but for the most part we save a little more."
Reducing costs, Harris pointed out, is something he has to think about, especially with the economy the way it is and with the climate in public broadcasting.
"It's good for us to remain sustainable. It's helpful to show we're generating more revenue, and the road shows are generating more revenue than ever before."
Harris said that taking the show on the road isn't entirely about money, though he acknowledged there's always room for a little more underwriting and that maybe if "Mountain Stage" had more to work with, it might not look to going on the road so much.