Luke Church

Host, All Things Considered

Luke has been affiliated with WVTF for many years, with first contact in 1980 on assigment for the Virginia News Network.  From the late 80s to the mid 90s he volunteered for Voice of the Blue Ridge and answered phones during fund drives. He was a station stringer reporter in Charlottesville in the early 00s, contributing to Studio Virginia and later working at the station's Water Street studio.

Luke was raised on Country and Bluegrass in Southwestern Virginia coal country.  After earning  BA and MA degrees in Communications, he strayed into Rock Radio and professional theatre for several years.  He is back, hosting All Things Considered weekdays and presenting Americana, Bluegrass, Acoustic, and Folk music on the weekends.

Soul Sessions plans a performance event to share experiences in dealing with the impact of COVID-19.

Courtesy of Dale Farmer & alt452

Dale Farmer, writer and director of The Mountain Minor, says his goal was to make an authentic music film.

1980, Courtesy Carla Osborne

A new biography is out profiling a legendary musician from southwest Virginia.  Albert Hash not only played the fiddle, he created hundreds of instruments, preserving a legacy of old-time music that is carried on today.  Author Malcolm Smith talked about his chronicle of Hash’s life.

Mandy Madsen

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, social distancing, stay at home orders and other efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus are impacting the economy.   One sector is being hit hard.

A storytelling festival held each year near Roanoke is going on this weekend, but not in the traditional way.