Highlights is a 30 minute weekly TV show featuring organizations, events, grass-roots efforts and people who move our state and community forward in a positive way.
The show is a collaboration with Kanawha County Schools, Suddenlink Communications, and Jim Strawn & Company.
The show airs daily at 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Suddenlink’s channel 17.
The show airing November 9, 2020 – November 16, 2020 features the WV Music Hall of Fame and their upcoming 8th Induction Ceremony.
We interviewed Michael Lipton, Director of the WV Music Hall of Fame.
He talked about the mission, purpose and vision of the WVHOF.
Founded in 2005, the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization dedicated to documenting and preserving the rich and lasting contributions West Virginians have made to all genres of music.
The Hall of Fame’s mission is to recognize the many important musicians who have helped shape the rich spectrum of American music from country, classical and jazz to rock, R&B, gospel and traditional.
The WVMHoF’s mission also includes establishing a permanent facility to house the Hall of Fame and an accompanying museum to exhibit and archive recordings and memorabilia.
Their mission offers 4 elements:
- Recognition – inducting important West Virginians. The nominating process for the first round of inductees began in spring, 2007.
- Education – offering themed displays, curriculum and speakers to schools around the state.
- Preserving – collecting and preserving existing sound recordings.
- Collection – collecting and displaying memorabilia.
Michael discussed the 2020 Induction Ceremony.
Due to the uncertainty brought on by COVID-19 the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was filmed in advance at the WV Culture Center Theater with no audience, and will be broadcast by West Virginia Public Broadcasting on November 14, 2020, from 7 to 9 p.m. The show will air on WVPB stations across West Virginia and will also be streamed on wvpublic.org, Facebook and Passport.
The 2020 inductees are:
- Ethel Caffie-Austin
- Sonny and Honey Davis
- Larry Groce
- The Hammons Family
- Mayf Nutter
Michael gave us some insight on each of the 2020 inductees.
These 5 inductees brings the total number of WV Music HOF to 57.
For more information and questions, call 304-342-4412.
If you would like to learn more about the Highlights TV Show, contact Host and Executive Producer Jim Strawn at 304-541-4756.