FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June16.2020
Village of WestVirginiaVille Announces Appointment of Kyle Vass to its ‘Office of Soundwaves’
Kyle Vass of Huntington, is joining the WestVirginiaVille Council as a Minister in the Office of Soundwaves. He’ll offer insights on the best reported soundwaves to feature across the site and in collaboration with other media outlets and producers who deal in excellent soundwaves.
Kyle’s introduction to his work and outlook
My whole life I’ve been obsessed with two things: people and power. I like people of all sorts, but I’m always drawn to the oddballs—people doing unusual things. As for power, I tend to hone in acts of exploitation. Given my curiosity for people and power it’s no surprise I ended up doing journalism. And yet, I have no degree in journalism. No “minimum two years daily newsroom experience.” That being said, I think being from West Virginia gives you at least a bachelor’s degree in understanding both strange people and exploitation.
Also, I attended Transom (aspiring audio journalists, inquire within) and it changed my life. People like Rob Rosenthal, Jay Allison, Ira Glass and various other public radio juggernauts warped my fragile little mind. If we ever talk face to face, there’s an 86% chance I’m contemplating how I can get a story out of you and onto the airwaves. When I’m not trying to weave sounds and voices together for the radio, I can be found snooping in the proverbial dirt of the organizations and industries that run West Virginia. I’ll be launching “Dragline” in July. Sign up to receive accountability journalism stories throughout Appalachia.
Some audio pieces by Kyle:
- Malaysia eradicated Nipah virus. Now it’s a leader in the battle against coronavirus: Some scientists and researchers say that its success in staving off COVID-19 is directly related to its history of fighting zoonotic diseases. | The World | May 12, 2020
- What Happens When An Artist Loses His Sight | WCAI, Local NPR for the Cape, Coast & Islands | Dec. 16, 2019
- Stories From the Cellar: Podcast: Stories from the Cellar is a companion podcast to a live show of the same name, featuring storytelling, hosted at the Cellar Door in Huntington WV, by Huntington Comedy and Kyle Vass.
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