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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Friday, October 16, 2009

Bonus Show 4

Our 4th WVW Podcast Bonus Show features trimmings from our Episode 12 interview with Pops Walker. We also pass along the results of the Shenandoah Valley Acoustic Roots Fest and Songwriting Contest, which we talked to Pops about in Episode 12.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Shenandoah Valley Acoustic Roots Fest and Songwriting Contest Announces Winners

As heard about on this very podcast from our music composer Pops Walker, the Shenandoah Valley Acoustic Roots Fest and Songwriting Contest has announced its top three winners.

Those songwriters are: 1st place: Bryan Elijah Smith, of Dayton, VA, for his song, “The Other Side of Town”. Bryan won $500, six hours of studio time, and a future gig with Performing Arts of Luray.

2nd place: Judith Avers, of Weirton, WV, for her song, “Raining”. Judith won $300 and a guaranteed future booking.

Con Burch, Fort Valley, VA, for her song “Maybe Someday”. Con won $200.

The finals competition took place on October 3, 2009, at the BB&T Center for the Performing Arts in Luray, VA.

Be on the lookout for news about next year’s show and competition. Details are forthcoming at: and


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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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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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

New Podcast This Friday

The WV Writers Podcast resumes this Friday featuring an interview with friend of the podcast Pops Walker.


Friday, June 26, 2009

Episode 11: Memories of Conferences More Recent

Episode 11, in which we speak once again to writer/editor Rhonda Browning White, this time about our memories of THIS year's conference from two weeks back.

If you were unable to attend, this will give you some highlights.

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Links mentioned in Podcast:
Rhonda Browning White
Inspiration for Writers
Book Cents Literary Agency
Sourcebooks, Inc.
M is for Monster

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Shenandoah Valley Acoustic Roots Festival and Songwriting Contest

(The WVW Podcast will return soon... but first a word from our sponsor... The following news courtesy of the creator of the music used in our program, Mr. Pops Walker)

Performing Arts of Luray is hosting the first - Shenandoah Valley Acoustic Roots Festival and Songwriting Contest.

They’re looking for great acoustic roots songs. Think blues, think country, think folk, or think bluegrass. BUT, think ACOUSTIC ROOTS.

Entrants will submit CD recordings of their original songs via the US Postal Service.

Preliminary judging will occur January – August 2009.

The top ten finalists will perform “live” on October 3, 2009 at the BB&T Performing Arts Center in Luray, Virginia.

1st prize is $500, a guaranteed future booking and six hours of studio time.

2d prize is $300, and a guaranteed future booking.

3d prize is $200.

Complete details can be found at: -- or at


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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