Open Mic

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

The Big Catch

May 29, 2013

I could hear Tony tearing up the trail from Squirrel Creek toward our campsite in the middle of a blueberry patch in remote Avery County, North Carolina. All the forest creatures could hear him, too.

Tony was anything but subtle when he’d caught a fish and he wanted every thrush, every gray squirrel, every white-tail deer, every groundhog and—most of all—me to know he’d hooked a penny-bright, native, feisty rainbow trout.

Building Bridges

May 23, 2013

If you listen to our programs on a regular basis, you know Gerry Krueger – the Albemarle County resident who has spent much of her life watching and writing about the geese on a pond near her home, including one disabled bird named Charlie. 

She also taught school and tutored children with special needs, like Sean, who lived with his deaf mother and struggled to speak, read and write. 

Today, she’s retired from teaching but has not stopped writing about the birds and about Sean.



 

Celebrity Sighting

Mar 28, 2013

It's hard to imagine that posing for a photograph could change a life -- uniting a Virginia man with a woman living 7,000 miles away, but that's exactly what happened when Staunton writer Carey Keefe went on vacation with her husband. 

Merlin's Soul

Mar 21, 2013

For Christians, Easter sparks thoughts of resurrection and the human soul, but for Virginia veterinarian Douglass Hopkins it's a time to smile -- and to celebrate the souls of all living things.

Dear Old Mom

Mar 19, 2013

With Mother's Day on the way, many are wracking their brains -- trying to come up with just the right gift.  Charlottesville author Deborah Prum doesn't really care what she gets from her kids -- but she knows there's one gift she won't be giving them.

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