Blue Ridge Views News Videos
Television cameraman and traditional musician Chuck Hemrick produced this popular weekly news feature focused on cultural traditions, especially traditional music, of western North Carolina and southwestern Virginia. These two-to-three minute features were broadcast by High Point, North Carolina’s WGHP-TV FOX 8, as part of the Friday evening news, from February 1990 to September 1993. In October 2005, Mr. Hemrick donated the original studio tapes of all 101 Blue Ridge Ridge Views features, the original unedited camera tapes used to produce the segments, and other regionally-related footage he shot in the course of his career to the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection.
"Blue Ridge Views" consists primarily of videos about Appalachian musicians and festivals including segments featuring Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, and Ralph Stanley. Although many videos are music-oriented, others focus on molasses, the Appalachian Trail, hiking, cheese making, pottery, gee haw whimmy diddles, grist mills, and art, among other topics.