SEEDTIME ON THE CUMBERLAND is the Appalshop’s annual summer festival celebrating Appalachian people, music, arts, and culture. The 2012 Festival, scheduled for June 7-9, will be the 26th annual Seedtime, and will be held on the Appalshop grounds in downtown Whitesburg, Ky.
Seedtime is a project of the APPALSHOP, a non-profit, multimedia arts center located in Whitesburg, Ky. Appalshop is dedicated to documenting, preserving and perpetuating the life and culture of Appalachia, and since 1969 has endeavored to give the people of Appalachia the means to tell their own stories and solve their own problems through the production of original films, radio, theater, recordings, photography, and books, as well as through the training of local youth in various forms of media production. www.appalshop.org.
Seedtime is broadcast annually on WMMT 88.7 FM, Mountain Community Radio. Launched by the Appalshop in 1985, WMMT’s mission is to be a 24-hour voice of mountain people’s music, culture, and social issues; to provide broadcast space for creative expression and community involvement in making radio, and to be an active participant in discussion of public policy that will benefit coalfield communities and the Appalachian region as a whole. Powered by 50-some volunteer DJs and a small, but dedicated staff, WMMT is grandparents and grandchildren; experts in old-time music and bluegrass nuts; hardcore/metal connoisseurs and kids talking about pet fish; self-produced radio documentaries about economic and social issues facing our region and profiles of Old-time Kentucky Fiddling legends. We are dedicated to serving as a voice for each and every segment of our community, from those families who have called these hills home for generations to those from afar incarcerated in our region’s massive prison population. We truly are “Real People Radio,” and we invite you to join us for Seedtime or anytime at 88.7 on Appalachia’s radio dial or streaming live online at wmmt.org.