Whitesburg KY

Appalshop has new director, new managing director

Engineer Don Mussell of California was in town recently to put up WMMT’s new transmitter, aided by local engineer Matthew Caudill. Listeners should soon notice a positive difference in reception of the community station’s programming. Mussell helped install the station’s first transmitter on Mayking Peak in 1985.

Amelia Kirby of the Holler to the Hood project last week attended the U.S. Social Forum in Atlanta, along with three interns, Jenn McLaughlin, Allison Lehner and Sarah Gibson.

Filmmaker Tom Hansell was married on June 29 to Sarah Carmichael in the bride’s home state of New Hampshire. A local reception is set for July 7 at the bridegroom’s house in Mayking. The new bride is on the faculty of Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.

Two new management employees will soon join the Appalshop staff. Art Menius starts his job as director of Appalshop on July 5. He most recently was affiliated with MerleFest in North Carolina and has a broad background in arts management.

Beth Bingham of Dungannon, Va., will initiate the post of managing director in mid-July. She leaves a position in literacy education at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Maureen Mullinax, head of Appalshop’s education efforts, recently conducted an editing workshop at the University of Kentucky as part of the Documenting American Democracy project, which involves a number of teachers in this area.

Around 40 young people with the Kentucky YMCA’s summer program recently visited Appalshop. They sent greetings on WMMT radio and screened the film “Sludge”.

Filmmaker Mimi Pickering was the focus of a segment of “Kentucky Life” on KET on May 23. The piece presented an overview of Pickering’s documentaries made at Appalshop. “Kentucky Life” is also scheduled to focus on filmmakers Elizabeth Barret and Herb Smith later this summer.

The National Film Preservation Foundation has awarded a grant of about $20,000 to support preservation work on the following Appalshop films: “Feathered Warrior”, “In the Good Old Fashioned Way”, “Kingdom Come School”, “Nature’s Way”, “Ramsey Trade Fair”, “Tomorrow’s People”, and “Tradition”.

WMMT volunteer programmer Tony Burke was featured in an article in the latest edition of “Bluegrass Now” magazine. Burke hosts the “Weekend Wakeup” show on Saturdays, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Pam Shingler of the WMMT staff won second place in the non-fiction writing contest sponsored by the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival. She attended the festival June 22- 24 at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn.

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