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By: Laura Damron |
June 26, 2019
University of Pikeville has launched a podcast with an innovative concept:
Transform the narrative of Appalachia by highlighting leaders who are creating
positive change in the region. Appalachia Rising presented by UPIKE is hosted
by UPIKE President Burton Webb. During each episode Webb talks with guests who
are advancing Appalachia with inventive ideas and effective solutions to issues
faced by rural areas.
Webb moved to Pikeville from Nampa, Idaho, in 2016 to lead
the university as its 21st president. Having lived in other areas of the U.S.
and with deep ancestral ties to Eastern Kentucky, Webb was quickly drawn in by
Appalachia as well as its culture and, most of all, its people. He also
promptly took note of the region’s often negative portrayal in the media at the
state and national levels.
“When we, as a university, started to consider the types of
things that would help Appalachia grow, develop and become the wonderful region
that many of us who live here already believe it to be, we thought that it’s
time for Appalachians to take control of the stories about Appalachia,” said
Webb. “So much of what you see in the press outside of the region talks about
the problems that exist here. We believe there are problems, but there are Appalachians
creating solutions here that are fantastic. Those are the stories that need to
be told. Telling them well is the reason we decided to create Appalachia
Season One of the podcast contains six episodes and kicks
off with a dynamic conversation between Webb and Executive Director of Shaping
Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Jared Arnett.
Appalachia Rising presented by UPIKE is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify, and can also be found here. A video format of the production is aired on Pike TV, a local government broadcasting organization in Pike County, Ky., and is accessible here.