Friday, January 15, 2010

Episode 24: Keith Pitzer Tribute with Pops Walker

“It’s with a heavy heart that I write to you today, for we have lost a great friend and performer, Keith Pitzer. Keith passed on this morning after a courageous fight with cancer. His wife Joan, and his four grown sons mourn the loss of their loved one, as do I, Bobbi, and anyone who knew Keith.” -- Pops Walker

This is the opening paragraph from a letter written by Keith's friend and our podcast composer, Pops Walker. Written on December 22, the day Keith passed, it is how many of us first learned the news. Keith was not only a friend of this podcast, but he was a friend of our organization as well.

I thought for today’s special double-sized podcast it would be nice to speak with Pops in tribute to Keith. I wanted to get Pops' perspective on Keith the man and hear about his tireless work with Friends of the Cheat, and also hear of his skill as a musician. We'll also hear some of the outtakes from my interview with him last June, including some of the amazing music he made alongside his wife Joan.

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West Virginia Writers Podcast Episode 24


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Friday, January 1, 2010

Episode 9: Keith Pitzer (REBROADCAST)

This week we're rebroadcasting Episode 9 of the podcast in honor of the recent passing of musician Keith Pitzer. We spoke with Keith last June in preparation for he and his wife Joan's appearance at the WV Writers Summer Conference 2009. Unfortunately, Keith and Joan were unable to attend last year because of a sudden turn in Keith's health stemming from the cancer that took him on December 22, 2009.

The WV Writers Podcast will soon have a brand new episode dedicated to celebrating Keith Pitzer as a performer and human being, including an interview with Keith's friend and friend of the podcast, Pops Walker. We will also be including some outtake material from that interview.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Episode 12: Pops Walker

After a two week absence, we return with Episode 12 of the WVW Podcast. We at long last speak to singer/songwriter and composer of our podcast's music Mr. Pops Walker. Pops is a friend of WV Writers and has performed at our summer conference on two past occasions. We speak to him about those experiences, his early days and the Shenandoah Valley Acoustic Roots Songwriting Contest, which he is overseeing.

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West Virginia Writers Podcast Episode 12

Links mentioned in Podcast:
Shenandoah Valley Acoustic Roots Songwriting Contest
Performing Arts
Lee Maynard
Mountain Whispers Audio Books
Keith & Joan Pitzer site

Pops Walker's albums Cuttin' In Line at the Karmic Buffet, Milepost 5, Live `n Drivin' On, and The Crum Session, can be purchased on CD or mp3 format at

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Episode 9: Keith Pitzer

UPDATE: Due to some emergent events in the Pitzer's daily life, they have been forced to bow out for this year. But they have referred us to a fine replacement for our Saturday night entertainment in the form of Ron Sowell. Check out our blog for the details.)

Episode 9, the first of our two, count `em, TWO work-week bookending podcasts we're releasing this week. In this episode we talk to Keith Pitzer of the singing duo Keith & Joan Pitzer.

Keith is not only leading a workshop on songwriting at the conference this year, he and Joan are returning to the Saturday night entertainment stage. Attendees last year remember them for their amazing concert with our podcast's music provider, Pops Walker.

We talk to Keith about the craft of songwriting, his history in music, his influences and we hear a couple of Pitzer tunes as well.

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Episode 3: Memories of Conferences Past

Episode 3, in which we speak of the memories of WV Writers summer conferences past with writer/editor Rhonda Browning White and think ahead to the coming good memories of this year's Summer Conference, June 12-14, 2009, Cedar Lakes Conference Center, Ripley, WV .

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West Virginia Writers Podcast Episode 3

Links mentioned in Podcast:
Rhonda Browning White
Inspiration for Writers

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