Radio Bristol Team

Staff

Toni Doman Toni Doman Radio Associate Toni Doman earned her Master’s Degree in Communications and Media Arts and Studies from Ohio University focusing on Appalachian music and culture as the core of her graduate research. She is also one of the few students to earn the world's first four-year degree in traditional bluegrass music offered at Glenville State College in West Virginia. She intends to continue to work towards preserving and promoting the roots and branches of Appalachian and Country music and to give a positive voice for the people of the Appalachian region. Toni is currently working in various roles with the Birthplace of Country Music organization as a Radio Station Associate, Museum Frontline Associate, and Grants Coordinator. You can catch her palling around with her trusty dachshund dog “Louvin” and on Radio Bristol Thursdays at 3pm hosting "Mountain Song & Story". View my full profile >

Program Hosts

Ivy Sheppard Ivy Sheppard Born in the Mountain At age four, Ivy was given a portable record player, a Hank Williams, Sr. record, and a Jimmie Rodgers record. These days her collection of mint condition 78rpm records includes nearly all of both of those, over 200 Carter Family sides, and hundreds of elusive bluegrass, old-time, gospel, blues, and early jazz records. Her radio career began by accident when a friend invited her to be on his old-time music show on WPAQ, a legendary AM station in Mount Airy, North Carolina. She went back the following week. The third week he telephoned to say that he would not be there and could she do the show by herself. He never came back and she never looked back. Bringing the music she loves to her radio audience has become an obsession fueled by her relentless search for rare records and field recordings. Ivy’s name is rapidly becoming synonymous with exciting, informative radio shows featuring rare and obscure music and musicians. Even obsessive fans of bluegrass, old-time, and gospel know that if Ivy Sheppard is on the air, they are going to be pleased and amazed at what they hear. In addition to her radio career, Ivy is also an active musician. By age fifteen, Ivy was playing clawhammer banjo and had announced to her parents that she was going to make her living playing music. She met up with Janice and Bill Birchfield in 1999 at a fiddlers convention, followed them home, and subsequently performed with the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers for several years, and currently tours with The South Carolina Broadcasters playing music of the Carter Family, transitional old time-bluegrass tunes, and originals penned by David Sheppard and Andy Edmonds. On the radio or in person, Ivy Sheppard is a living tribute to the music she loves. View my full profile >
Lonnie Salyer Lonnie Salyer Diggin' with Big Lon The NE TN/SW VA region has been the home to numerous independent record labels over the years. The labels, artists and records have almost been forgotten in time as most of the history was not recorded and as the folks who were part of the scene pass away, the oral history fades away as well. My Facebook page Big Lon’s Crateful Dig is an attempt to collect, preserve, catalog and document the history of this region one dusty old record at a time! 'Diggin' With Big Lon' is an opportunity to showcase these wonderful records for you, the supporters and fans of Radio Bristol! View my full profile >
Rich Kirby Rich Kirby Old Kentucky Bound I live near Dungannon in Scott County, Virginia. My family and musical roots are in Kentucky, and that's what I program on "Old Kentucky Bound." Hope you enjoy it! View my full profile >
Ryan Bernard Ryan Bernard The Ramblin Ryan Show Appalachian-Stringbander-Librarian-Professor-Music Nerd View my full profile >
Scotty Almany Scotty’s Tune Up Scotty Almany is the Digital Resources Manager & Catalog Associate for the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. View my full profile >
Toni Doman Toni Doman Mountain Songs and Stories with Toni Doman Toni Doman earned her Master’s Degree in Communications and Media Arts and Studies from Ohio University focusing on Appalachian music and culture as the core of her graduate research. She is also one of the few students to earn the world's first four-year degree in traditional bluegrass music offered at Glenville State College in West Virginia. She intends to continue to work towards preserving and promoting the roots and branches of Appalachian and Country music and to give a positive voice for the people of the Appalachian region. Toni is currently working in various roles with the Birthplace of Country Music organization as a Radio Station Associate, Museum Frontline Associate, and Grants Coordinator. You can catch her palling around with her trusty dachshund dog “Louvin” and on Radio Bristol Thursdays at 3pm hosting "Mountain Song & Story". View my full profile >