Martin Anderson

Music Director, Host

Eschewing his mother’s taste for easy listening music early on, Martin Anderson was raised on his dad’s love for jazz, his brother’s Beatles/classic rock LP’s, and the bluegrass and Top 40 radio of the D.C. area.  He played trombone all through high school, but upon starting college decided to spin the music of others instead, so he began volunteering for the University of Delaware’s WXDR/WVUD overnight and morning mixes.  He promptly put his B.A. in American History to use by moving to Eugene, Oregon, where he spent the 90’s working in natural foods, environmental causes, and above all, public radio. He hosted various folk, world, Triple-A, and other shows at KLCC, and started a “Miles of Bluegrass” show at KRVM.   After two years working underwriting sales and various music and public affairs programs at KHSU in Arcata, CA, Martin joined WNCW in 2001 as your weekday morning host.  He loves interviewing the many talented musicians who come to Studio B, stretching out with the many styles ‘NCW embraces, and reflecting the themes of listeners, events of the day, and our beautiful Southern Appalachian landscape.  As Music Director, he books our live sessions, keeps in touch with the record labels and promoters that send us new music, and programs various features heard throughout the week, from new music spotlights to The Spindale Cycle.  When not at the station, he enjoys hiking, gardening, traveling, history, and raising his daughter on good music and more.    

828-287-8000 ext. 1610


Ways to Connect

David LaMotte in WNCW's Air Studio.
Mary Hughes

Black Mountain singer/songwriter David LaMotte joined Martin Anderson on 8/23 to debut songs from his intercontinentally influenced new release The Other Way Around. His CD Release Show is Friday, September 2nd in Asheville.

One of our favorite Americana songwriters, Guy Clark, passed away on May 17, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. Martin Anderson got a chance to talk with him in his Nashville home in 2013, when his final album My Favorite Picture of You had recently been released. 

Martin Anderson and Jamie Laval in the air studio on December 16, 2015.
Joe Kendrick

Fiddler Jamie Laval is steeped in Scottish traditions and fiddle styles, and has a series of Christmas & Solstice in Scotland shows in Asheville, Charlotte, Lincolnton, & Tryon this month. He brought his fiddle to WNCW Wednesday the 16th for a discussion with Martin Anderson about holiday traditions in Orkney, Brittany, and other Celtic lands.

The Asylum Street Spankers were originally formed with the help of singer/songwriter Guy Forsyth back in the day, and now he and various Spankers are back together, this time as The Hot Nut Riveters - Texas’s Original Recession Era String Band.  Roland welcomes them to WNCW as they make their way towards their Grey Eagle show Thursday night in Asheville.

Nora Jane Struthers discovered a love for American roots music in part thanks to her father taking her to Galax and Mt.