WNCW-FM Podcasts

Podcasts of visiting artists and local news stories.

Nina Simone became one of the iconic singers of jazz and soul of the 1960s and a strong voice for Civil Rights. She got her start in her hometown of Tryon, N.C., playing piano and singing in her church choir. The "Down the Road on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina" podcast highlights bluegrass and old-time music stories, performers, and traditions across the mountain and foothills counties of Western North Carolina.

Located in Rutherford County, NC is KidSenses, a childs dream place to explore, create and certainly get educated.  KidSenses is an interactive museum for children.  Executive Director at Kidsenses- Willard Whitson joined WNCW during the Friday Feature Interview of the Week to take us inside the walls of Kidsenses and its part of the operation called The Factory, where big expansion is on the way.  The interview originally aired Oct. 5, 2018.

Dave Hennigan with the Greenville News took part in this More to the Story from October 3, 2018 when he discussed the paper's Storyteller's Project.  This interview provides an overview of the series and some of the storyteller's that have been featured so far.  The project is also presented nationwide through the Greenville News ownership group, USA Today. Events in Greenville are open to the public.

Posted by Host and Producer of More to the Story, WNCW's Paul Foster- Senior Producer, News Director, and Morning Edition Regional Host

The organization 'Steps To Hope' is a domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and treatment center, located in Columbus, N.C.  They have their annual Domestic Violence Walk on Oct. 19th, but the main focus of this Friday Feature Inteview is to talk about cases of domestic violence and what the case load looks like across the state and in Western N.C.  From Steps To Hope- guests are Jessica Caldwell and Paula Ravan.

Paul Cauthen is one of Americana's best new singer/songwriters. We first got to know him when he was a member of the band Sons of Fathers. WNCW 's Music Director Martin Anderson spoke with Cauthen at September's AmericanaFest in Nashville, Tennessee during a morning spent at SoundStage Studios, following a late night showcase with a dozen or more other WNCW favorites musicians. We originally aired the interview on Wednesday, October 3rd, and now you can listen to the PODCAST.

Image of Hurricane Florence Swirling in Atlantic Ocean
NASA

It's no secret that Hurricane Florence left behind massive amounts of damage to parts of Eastern North Carolina and in particular, the coast.  One of those hard hit places was the City of Wilmington.  Daily Courier, Rutherford County, Reporter Mackenzie Wicker, used to call the Wilmington area home.  Her sister lives there now, as do some college friends.  Mackenzie shared all she knew about what residents were dealing with in Wilmington, during this interview on September 26, 2018.

Toe River Arts of Burnsville in Western North Carolina, recently named a new Director of the group.  Nealy Andrews was guest of this Friday Feature Interview of the Week, when she discussed Toe River and this year's Annual Music in the Mountains Folk Festival (held 9/22). Traditional arts programs and keeping a long folk and music tradition going were main topics when this segment aired on Sept. 21, 2018.

Posted by Host and Producer of WNCW's Friday Feature- Paul Foster, Senior Producer, News and PSA Coordinator, and Morning Edition Regional Host

More to the Story: Notable News from Asheville

Oct 3, 2018

During this time period, Asheville and Western North Carolina were dealing with minor headaches, compared to other parts of the state, in the aftermath of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Florence.  This was discussed, as well as The FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, water quality standards, and an editorial piece, "We Are Not Your Enemy." Asheville Citizen-Times Opinions and Columnist Editor- Casey Blake was our guest (Sept. 19, 2018).

We recently aired an interview Martin Anderson did with Richard Thompson - RT as he is known to his many fans, remains one of WNCW's most revered songwriters and guitarists. We've created a podcast so you can listen to it again or check it out if you missed it. His new music will be featured on Peak of the Week, Thursday night, at 9pm with Renee Denton.

Image of Lula and Glenn Bolick
NC Arts Council

Glenn and Lula Bolick of Caldwell County are 2018 winners of the N.C. Heritage Award, the state’s highest honor for traditional artists. Lula is a member of the Owens family of Piedmont potters. Glenn grew up in a family whose heritage of music-making, sawmilling, and storytelling goes back generations. He carries on all three arts today, in addition to the pottery-making that he learned from Lula and her family.

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