Mountain Stage is now called a legacy show on public radio. That means we're old. But age is relative. Our present executive producer, Adam Harris, was 1 year old when this show went on the air, and he's not the youngest member of our team. Yes, age is relative.
Oscar Wilde said..."The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young."
Of course he also said..."To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable."
We have many people to thank for our still being around to celebrate this birthday, too many to name, but here are a few:
- Our production team and all those who've been a part of it over the years.
- All the artists who've performed on the show.
- West Virginia Public Broadcasting (which operates West Virginia Public Radio, West Virginia PBS, our website, and our other digital properties).
- The State, its governors, legislators and the people of West Virginia.
- Our underwriters; NPR, PRI, Voice of America and all the stations that carry us, and have carried us.
- Everyone who's come to the show.
- And, of course, listeners like you - who've tuned in since the beginning -- who want to hear music of many styles performed live.
We thank you so much.
Groce, is host and artistic director of Mountain Stage. This is an edited version of comments he made during the 30th anniversary show on Dec. 1. The entire commentary can be heard at mountainstage.org.