Introduced Version Senate Resolution 56 History

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(By Senators McCabe, Foster, Wells, Palumbo, Plymale, Kessler (Mr. President), Klempa, Chafin, Stollings and Unger)


Recognizing Andy Ridenour and Linda McSparin for their many years of dedicated service to Mountain Stage.

    Whereas, Mountain Stage is a two-hour music radio show, which first aired in 1983, is co-created and hosted by Larry Groce, and is produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and distributed worldwide by National Public Radio (NPR), Public Radio International, and the Voice of America; and

    Whereas, Since its inception in the West Virginia Culture Center Theater on the State Capitol grounds, Mountain Stage has aired more than 760 shows; and

    Whereas, Mountain Stage has produced most of its shows in Charleston and other West Virginia cities and counties such as Morgantown, Huntington, Beckley, Parkersburg, Montgomery, Bluefield, Princeton, Elkins, Buckhannon, Fairmont, Clarksburg, Franklin, Martinsburg, Shepherdstown, Pocahontas County and Putnam County, and has been invited to mount live productions in 17 other states of the union, as well as in Canada and Scotland; and

    Whereas, Over the 29 years of producing live music in its finest form, Mountain Stage has featured over 200 West Virginian musicians including the likes of Kathy Mattea, Tim O’Brien, Hazel Dickens, Billy Edd Wheeler, Brad Paisley, Charlie McCoy, Louise MacNeill Pease and Irene McKinney; and

    Whereas, In addition to featuring homegrown artists, Mountain Stage has provided the first national exposure for artists such as Sheryl Crow, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyle Lovett, Counting Crows, Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, Alison Krauss, and Phish; and

    Whereas, The success of Mountain Stage could not be possible without the efforts of many dedicated people, including co-creator and producer Andy Ridenour and assistant producer Linda McSparin; and

    Whereas, Andy Ridenour, a native of Washington, DC, who came to West Virginia to study at Concord College, worked at WCIR-FM radio station in Beckley, and went on to work at West Virginia Public Radio, and helped to create and name the radio program Mountain Stage; and

    Whereas, Linda McSparin, a native of Missouri, moved to the Mountain State in 1984, and became the assistant producer of Mountain Stage in 1986; and

    Whereas, With nearly 30 years of hard work, dedication, and commitment, Andy Ridenour and Linda McSparin have helped guide Mountain Stage from its infancy in Charleston, West Virginia, to an international success in the world of music radio; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Senate:

    That the Senate hereby recognizes Andy Ridenour and Linda McSparin for their many years of dedicated service to Mountain Stage; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Senate acknowledges the contributions of Andy Ridenour and Linda McSparin for their roles in creating the state’s greatest cultural export; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That on the occasion of their retirements, the Senate expresses its sincere appreciation to Andy Ridenour and Linda McSparin and wishes them well with whatever they choose to pursue in the future; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to Andy Ridenour and Linda McSparin.

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