The Old-Time Dance returns to Mount Airy on
the first Saturday of the month all year except June. Area bands take
the stage at the Old-Time Music Heritage Hall at the Historic EARLE Theatre for an
evening of old-time dance favorites for all ages. Group tours are welcome.
Admission at the door or Free admission
with a Current SAC Season Pass (Children under 6 are
Historic EARLE Theatre 142
Main Street Mount Airy, NC
Watch WUNC-TV production of Folkways hosted by David Holt
and learn more about Old-Time Music and its start in Surry County,
A Tribute to Ralph Epperson WPAQ 740
On Groundhog Day, 1948, the people of Mount Airy tuned
their radios to 740 on the AM dial and heard the first radio station they
could call their own. WPAQ was the brainchild of Ralph Epperson, an Ararat,
Virginia native who had been fascinated by radio since his early teens.
In his application to the Federal Communications Commission, Ralph pledged
to reflect the cultural and musical values of the people in his station's
listening area. He promised he would provide a showcase for local
talent at his station. That promise has never been broken. The weekly
Merry-Go-Round, the third longest running live radio broadcast in the
nation, was created as a spotlight to promote area musicians. Many of those
have become traditional music icons Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and
Earl Scruggs, and Mac Wiseman to name a few.
Today the Merry-Go-Round continues to host the
stars of tomorrow drawn from right here in the Blue Ridge. The Merry-Go-Round
returned to its roots in Downtown, Mount Airy in 1998 on its
50th Anniversary. It is broadcast from the Earle Theatre (142 Main Street)
from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each Saturday. Join us for the
live broadcast and experience the Merry-Go-Round or tune your Radio to WPAQ AM 740.
Admission is only $5 or you can purchase an annual pass for
$20. You can also stream online through their website at www.wpaq740.com.