NPR Music and West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage today announced that Kathy Mattea will take over as the new host starting September 9.
Mattea is a two-time Grammy winner from West Virginia, has performed on the show more times than any other female artist, second to fellow West Virginia native Tim O'Brien and has co-hosted several times. Larry Groce, Mountain Stage co-founder, and longtime host since its inception in 1983 will hand the reins over after 37 years but will remain with the program as an artist director and appear as host on occasion.
“Kathy's been coming on the show for more than 30 years now", said Groce, "and in all that time and with all her success, she really hasn't changed who she is at her core. She embodies the best of West Virginia the same way Mountain Stage does, and that how knew she'd be the perfect person for this job.”