Open Mic

Ideas and opinions presented by WVTF and RADIO IQ to better serve our listeners. 

While There Is Still Music

Dec 22, 2017

As we head into a new year, many of us will be looking for inspiration – to lose weight, add exercise or make other changes in our lives.

Seeing The Deadish

Dec 22, 2017

In this age of alternative facts, almost anything can be up for debate.  Take one obvious distinction – whether someone is dead or alive. 

An Ode to One of Virginia's Last Video Stores

Sep 6, 2016
Pete / Creative Commons

This year, the world marked the end of an era, as the last video cassette recorder rolled off the assembly line in Japan.  Here in Virginia, locals marked another sign of the time as video stores closed their doors for good – among them Maupin’s in Crozet.  

A Year with Chickens: Wisdom from the Flock

Apr 28, 2016

It’s been about a year now since a quick stop at the hardware store to pick up some duct tape and grass seed turned us into part-time poultry farmers.

Not that I blame my husband. Those little balls-of-fluff are enough to melt any man into a can’t-say-no-kind-of puddle. 

But I had no idea what I was in for when I let my overjoyed children carry three peeping to-go boxes inside my kitchen.

Ode to Earl Hamner

Apr 7, 2016
http://www.earlhamner.com/

Before Earnest Hemingway, John Updike, or Breece Pancake, I read books written by Earl Hamner, Jr. His most notable titles, Spencer’s Mountain and The Homecoming, centered around one Appalachian family. Named the Spencers in print, they were later called the Waltons on TV.

Pages