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40 years of Mountain Stage: Spreading truth and understanding across America


Jerry Mikkelsen and fiancé Maureen Martin sat front row center for the taping of NPR’s “Mountain Stage” at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, West Virginia. It took 36 hours to get there from their home in Palm Springs, California – by plane via several airports – but they weren’t complaining.

Mikkelsen, a retired US Airways employee who discovered the live radio broadcast in San Diego when it aired after Prairie Home Companion, has made the trek to the capital of the Mountain State to sit in the audience every year since 2000.

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