R Squared 12 PM- 1 PM
Close your eyes. What do you picture when you hear “bluegrass?” Many would say they see a “hillbilly” band dressed in blue jean overalls playing a washtub bass and crooning away with a thick Southern accent. More commonly, they conjure up the scene out of “Deliverance” and start humming “Dueling Banjos.”
While it may have its roots in the Appalachian Mountains, bluegrass music is more than a bunch of toothless men who can play a few licks on the banjo. Bluegrass had its claim to fame with musicians like the Osborne Brothers and Flatt and Scruggs. Today, the traditional sound is carried on with folks like Allison Krause and Daily & Vincent.
R Squared invites you to take a drive down the country roads and see why the grass is always blue. Hear the legends alongside today’s newest artists, and celebrate the songs and musicians of this unique genre.
Russell Bunner, or better known in the journalism department as “Baby Bunner.” was born and raised in Washington, W.Va., and grew up with an older brother, who fought with him every chance he got.
Russ is currently attending WVU Parkersburg, majoring in Communications with the emphasis of Public Relations. He loves the outdoors, and all that God created in it. That’s mainly why he likes bluegrass and country music. Russ can remember going camping at state parks with his family in W.Va. and singing Ricky Skaggs to Alan Jackson songs by the campfire. They still do it to this day. It just never gets old.
Russ is a big Mountaineer fan, especially basketball. He tries to never miss a game. He loves to spend time with family, whether it be going to cabins, or going fishing. Russ definitely never takes those moments for granted. And, it is always good feeling, to know that they can do these things, because some families don’t get that chance. And it seems like everywhere they go bluegrass and country music are always playing on the radio when they are hanging out.
Bluegrass music is best known for the fiddle and banjo and the up-tempo beat, which is another reason why Russ enjoys listening to it. Two of his favorite bluegrass artists are Ricky Skaggs and Bill Monroe. They just have certain tone of voice that sounds cool. Now even though Russ was not born when they were popular, he still grew up listening to them and is very fond on the music they published.
Rebecca has always had a connection with bluegrass and old-timey music. Coming from four generations of fiddle players, it was only natural that she pick-up the stringed instrument. She shares her love of bluegrass with Dwight “Dusty” Rhodes, her grandfather. Together, they have taken the stage at various locations including: The Alpine Theatre, the Carter Fold and the Lincoln Theatre. In 2013, Dusty released “The Silent Winds of Time,” a CD featuring original songs and instrumentals.
After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from WVU Parkersburg, Rebecca hopes to work with area non-profit organizations. Besides playing the fiddle, she is an avid Disney lover and enjoys collecting postcards. She loves spending time with her family whether it be enjoying a night by the campfire or attending bluegrass festivals around the state.
Country Bumpkins 4 PM-5 PM
Megan Valentine and Callie Lyons are nontraditional four-year broadcasting students on a mission! We are both proud moms to two daughters – and thanks to them we just consider it a blessing to get through any given day.
For those of you who are counting, that’s six females and a whole lot of drama. When it’s time to have some fun, we turn to the tunes that make us happy. You can find Megan and Callie on WPKM 96.3 FM every weekend for a country dance party. Kick off your boots and come play with us!
Kitty and Kyle every Monday & Wednesday at 11 AM- 12 PM
The Kyle and Kitty Show has been on air since March 24th, 2015. The show provides its listeners with fun facts as well as campus news and weather, with a sassy undertone.
Kyle and Kitty play a variety of music such as pop, rock, alternative, and occasional Broadway show tunes! They also take requests from the WPKM Twitter page, @wpkm963.
Kitty is a senior in college studying Broadcast Journalism, and she provides the music for the show. Her favorite activities outside of being on the radio include but are not limited to: reading, playing piano, petting cats, and spending time with friends and family. Her bubbly personality will brighten your Monday and Wednesday mornings!
Kyle is a Broadcasting and Public Relations student at WVU Parkersburg. He has a variety of interests, but his goals are publishing a book/graphic novel and doing something involving broadcasting. He is also a talented cartoonist, with designs such as the WPKM Beet logo.
The Strip every Monday & Wednesday 3 PM-6 PM
The Break Room Show is the show that puts a comedic spin on today’s sports and entertainment news and events. Hosted by James Liebau, the show discusses and makes fun of these topics: football, steroids, Hillary Clinton, Nintendo, making toast in the bathtub, Roger Goodell, pine tar, Niagara Falls, every Los Angeles sports team, the babadook, sporks, college, Jimmy Fallon, the color indigo, Champions League soccer, pole vaulting, t-shirts, dolphins, gambling, “Dad?”, Santa Claus, movies that are so bad that we actually enjoy them, the Daytona 500, eraser shavings, underdog stories, a certain company in Bristol, Connecticut, crying when no one is watching, dancing when everyone is watching, the WNBA Western Conference Finals, the Bermuda Triangle, Rubik’s Cubes, the Civil War, Jeopardy, Mountaineers, ethanol, bobble heads, Illuminati, tractors, and many more.
If you’d like to tell us how we’re doing or want to be a guest on the show, email us at email@example.com
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Handsome, intelligent, funny, sociable, kind. These words all describe the man that is James Liebau. A native West Virginian, he is a journalism and business administration student pursuing a career in the sports’ field. He listens to Christmas music year-round, hates roller coasters, and works as a bellman at a hotel.
“With great power comes great responsibility.” – Uncle Ben
If you are wondering about what this show is, the name of the show explains it all: random insanity. Ivan, the show’s host, has a very calm and soothing voice. We cover everything from international music, to the chicken farm WVU Parkersburg owns, to letters with Dear Random Insanity (which is the most honest advice you will ever hear). Random Insanity is all fiction! However, in the event that some truth is told, it will be by accident.
The Hurry Up Tuesday 9 PM- 10 PM
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Introducing “The Hurry Up” to the WPKM lineup of original programming, Josh Hughes and Tyler Bennett give their thoughts on the hottest topics in sports. When not discussing those topics, Hughes and Bennett will turn back time and go into detail about history-making moments in sports that everyone remembers. Listen as Hughes and Bennett test the limits of their sports knowledge in a weekly round of “Hurry Up” trivia. You won’t want to miss a moment of the action.
Renegade Radio with Prof. Crites 9 PM- 12 AM
Renegade Radio is a hard rock, punk rock and heavy metal show on WPKM 96.3 the Beet. It is hosted by the powerful and good-looking Professor Crites. The show focuses on integrating classic hard rock, punk rock and heavy metal with innovative new stuff. We strive to provide the listener with a comprehensive listening experience spanning many generations, genres, and sub-genres of hard rock, punk rock and heavy metal.