Interview with Richard M. "Rich" Kirby, October 15, 2015

Project: Exploring the Legacies of Appalshop Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Rich Kirby describes his career at Appalshop, reflects on his recording career at June Appal Records, and describes how he became increasingly interested and involved with the radio station WMMT. He draws connections between his work in Appalachia and some cultural work he observed firsthand in South Africa, and also discusses the differences between these places and is careful to qualify his perspective on African politics. Kirby discusses the democratic potential for and challenges of community radio in Appalachia, and he articulates those through the example of how the politics of coal influenced WMMT's programming and history.

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2015oh490_appal011

Interviewee Name

Richard M. "Rich" Kirby

Interviewer Name

Jeffrey A. Keith

Rayna Gellert

Interview Date

2015-10-15

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Kirby, Richard M. Interview by Jeffrey A. Keith. 15 Oct. 2015. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Kirby, R.M. (2015, October 15). Interview by J. A. Keith. Exploring the Legacies of Appalshop Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Kirby, Richard M., interview by Jeffrey A. Keith. October 15, 2015, Exploring the Legacies of Appalshop Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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