Jonathan is the General Manager of Tri States Public radio. His duties include but are not limited to, managing all facets of the station, from programming to finances to operations. Jonathan grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago. He has a B.A in music theory and composition from WIU and a M.A in Public Affairs Reporting from The University of Illinois at Springfield. Jonathan began his journey in radio as a student worker at WIUM. While in school Jonathan needed a summer job on campus. He heard WIUM was hiring, and put his bid in. Jonathan was welcomed on the team and was very excited to be using his music degree. He had also always been interested in news and public radio.

Roanoke Symphony
4:32 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Appalachian Spring in The Blue Ridge

Aaron Copland 1970
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Aaron Copland's beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning work "Appalachian spring" suite will be heard in its original instrumentation, featuring the Shaker Tune "Simple Gifts" and a sparking mountain hoe-down. Its simple power, beauty, and heartfelt melodies are a perfect pairing for the intimate acoustics of Shaftman Hall, right here in Virginia's Blue Ridge. Also performed will be works by Copland, Joplin, and other American masters.

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Eric Athas is a Digital News Specialist at NPR Digital Services where he assists in the development of NPR's member station training and product initiatives, with a focus on social media. 

University of Virginia
12:37 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Issues of Tuition & Living Wage Converge

Governor Bob McDonnell issued a letter earlier this month urging college presidents and boards to hold the line on in-state tuition.

The plea was repeated Thursday by the University of Virginia’s Rector Helen Dragas, but the board of visitors voted 14 to 2 to increase tuition and fees by 3.8%  or about $450 for in-staters and 4.8% -- just over $1,800 for students from other states. 

The board approved even bigger tuition and fee hikes for students in the law, business, engineering and medical schools.

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Arts & Culture
11:50 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Mountain Lake Lodge

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The historic, Giles County resort known as the Mountain Lake Hotel, will soon re-open as the new Mountain Lake Lodge. 

A multi-million dollar renovation of the property and the lake, which had all but disappeared, are underway. A new restaurant and a host of new activities will mark the next chapter in the story of the  famous mountain resort.

Robbie Harris reports on a new chapter in the storied history of this mountain retreat.
 

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On RADIO IQ at noon today, join us for special live coverage of late breaking news and developments in the Boston bombings. View listening locations for our RADIO IQ and RADIO IQ With BBC News networks. You can also listen live by clicking on our RADIO IQ and RADIO IQ With BBC News web streams on our website.

Effects of Sequestration
4:22 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

The Future of Public Housing

The Chair of the Virginia Housing Commission says the future of public housing will be the panel’s primary focus for this year, as thousands of the Commonwealth’s children, families, and veterans could be homeless within months—as a result of sequestration.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones says federal sequestration has resulted in 5% reductions in nearly all of HUD's programs—and that translates to the non-renewal of homeless assistance grants and vouchers to more than 125,000 individuals:
 

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Storytelling Festival
3:47 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Sounds of the Mountains

Familiar to NPR listeners, Kevin Kling is a featured performer at the festival.

We continue our look this week at just a handful of the springtime events scheduled throughout the listening area. 

The Sounds of the Mountains Storytelling Festival is an annual event at Camp Bethel in Fincastle.
 

When  Storytellers Alan Hoal and Geraldine Buckley visited WVTF/RADIO IQ, we surprised them by asking them to create a sort-of storytelling duet.

Visit Sounds of the Mountains for more information about Camp Bethel and the festival, which runs April 19-20th, 2013.

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Joe Palca is a science correspondent for NPR. Since joining NPR in 1992, Palca has covered a range of science topics — everything from biomedical research to astronomy. In addition to his science reporting, Palca occasionally fills in as guest host on Talk of the Nation Science Friday.

Palca began his journalism career in television in 1982, working as a health producer for the CBS affiliate in Washington, DC. In 1986, he left television for a seven-year stint as a print journalist, first as the Washington news editor for Nature, and then as a senior correspondent for Science Magazine.

Americans with Disabilities Act
4:55 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

More Group Homes for the Disabled

When Department of Justice told Virginia that it must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act in caring for the intellectually and developmentally disabled, the state reached a compromise.

The plan was to close four of its institutions and provide thousands of waiver slots through Medicaid for community-based housing. Now, the major stakeholders have met to evaluate the plan’s progress.

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