Frequent Asked Questions about Mountain Stage

What is Mountain Stage?

Mountain Stage is a two hour live performance radio program that airs on more than 240 public radio stations across America. Each episode typically features four or five artists, with each artist given roughly the same amount of time to perform, give or take five to ten minutes, unless otherwise stated. The show is recorded live to two track, with as few edits as possible.

Does that mean Mountain Stage is not just an (insert your favorite musician or band here) concert with four opening acts?

Yes, that is exactly what this means. Tune in on one of 240 radio stations across America to hear examples or download an episode of the Mountain Stage podcast from iTunes

Where is the show?

If you bought tickets online, there was a DIRECTIONS link, complete with a map, on each individual page where tickets were available for purchase. Many, but not all of our shows are at the Culture Center Theater, on the grounds of the West Virginia State Capitol complex, located at the intersection of Greenbrier St & Washington St E, Charleston, WV 25311. If you are usnsure about the location of the venue, we suggest that you have your questions answered before you depart, especially if traveling from out of town.

About the Venue: The Culture Center Theater is a state owned and operated facility. No food or beverages are allowed in the theater, and there are no food or drink services available. There are a few restaurants and watering holes within walking distance of the show.

I’m a musician. What must I do to appear on Mountain Stage?

Appearing on Mountain Stage begins the same way for all of our guest artists. Our Host and Artistic Director Larry Groce needs to hear your music. Send a copy of your latest CD to the following address:

Mountain Stage: Larry Groce
600 Capitol St. Charleston, WV 25301

After sending your CD, please wait. Do not write or call. Larry listens to everything we receive, so it can take a while to get around to it all. If Larry likes what he hears, if he thinks that it is right for the show, and if he can find an episode where your music will fit, then we will be in touch. Due to the large number of CDs we receive, only the artists who are invited to be on the show are contacted.

Please note that the following submissions are not accepted: single songs, compilations, and holiday music.

It appears that a show I want to attend is sold out. Can I still get tickets?

Sold out means exactly that: we are out of tickets to sell. However, a handful of unclaimed tickets often become available on show day. These extras are always placed on sale at the venue, 5pm, on the day of the show. First come, first served.

When can I hear a certain show on the radio?

Episodes of Mountain Stage are typically broadcast about a month after they are recorded, give or take. You can always view our complete and up-to-date broadcast schedule on the Mountain Stage website. Airtimes vary by station, so check your local station's schedule to confirm.

Can I get a copy of a certain show?

Mountain Stage does not sell recordings of past shows or individual songs. However, entire episodes of Mountain Stage can be downloaded from our archives for free. We’re working slowly but diligently on digitizing our entire 30+ year archive. It’s a major undertaking, so chances are, if you don’t see the episode you’re looking for in our archive, it’s not available for download yet.