After moving around for a number of years, Christopher Paul Stelling has been settling down some in Asheville. But he's just about to embark on a national tour for his new album Best of Luck, produced by one of his biggest fans and mentors, Ben Harper. “I really believe this record is the intersection where folk and soul meet,” Harper says.

Ram Mandelkorn  (The Digs, other Asheville bands) has a great sounding squad that will join him in Studio B  before their album release show at The Mothlight in Asheville Friday the 31st. Get ready for an Earthquake of cool grooves!

From producer Joe Kendrick: In our last podcast, on Mac Arnold, the takeaway was that there was much more about the artists and history of Upstate South Carolina than I had figured on, so I gave it another go. I sought out artists who were born across a span of forty years — Marshall Chapman, and Niel Brooks and Lisa Stubbs, who make up the duo Mourning Dove — and uncovered more rich history, and a vibrant current scene.

Conversation With N.C. Bookwatch Host DG Martin

Jan 6, 2020
DG Martin at Isothermal Community College with staff members

It was an exciting time just before the holidays when UNC-TV  was on the campus of Isothermal Community College to tape episodes of their program 'North Carolina Bookwatch' with host DG Martin.  DG sat down with WNCW for this episode of the Friday Feature Interview.  On-air originally January 3, 2019.

Posted by Host and Producer of The Friday Feature Interview of the Week- Paul Foster, WNCW Senior Producer, News Director, and Morning Edition Regional Host

Isothermal Community College Update

Jan 6, 2020

President of Isothermal Community College, Walter Dalton was guest on this segment of 'The Friday Feature' to recap 2019 at the school and look ahead to the future.  Dalton discusses ongoing studies and expansion with new buildings here in Rutherford County and new growth coming to the Polk campus.  This interview originally aired Dec. 20, 2019.

Posted by Host and Producer of WNCW's Friday Feature Interview of the Week- Paul Foster, Senior Producer, News Director, and Morning Edition Regional Host


Professional Soccer Coming to Charlotte

Jan 6, 2020

It was announced in December that MLS (Major League Soccer) is coming to Charlotte.  Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper was instrumental in making this happen.  All the details are provided on this edition of WNCW's 'More To The Story' with WFAE Charlotte Reporter Steve Harrison.

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

Music so often gives you more than you bargained for. Talk to anyone with an interest in music, and it will lead to discovery. You find out about great artists you did not know about; you trace whole branches of the tree of song. To discover Mac Arnold is to realize that not only does his branch of the song tree have much more substance to it than you might have expected, but also that it directly touches so much more of this mythological and historic giant.

Photo of Mary Jane Queen playing banjo

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. Hosted by Laura Boosinger and produced by Kim Clark of WNCW, the podcast is a joint effort of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, the North Carolina Arts Council, and WNCW.

While Earl Scruggs is often credited as the originator of bluegrass banjo, he was actually an innovator within a broader tradition of three-finger banjo playing. Predating bluegrass, it was made famous by banjo players from the hills and mountains of the Carolinas, all of whom had their own personal takes on the style. In addition to Scruggs, these pioneers included Wade Mainer, Smith Hammett, Snuffy Jenkins, and Don Reno. 

Photgraph of Asheville Firefighters

This edition of WNCW's 'More To The Story' discussed some of the hot topics recently featured in the Asheville Citizen-Times.   WNCW's Paul Foster talked with the Citizen-Times' Casey Blake on Dec. 11, 2019 about a new mixed-use apartment complex located in Asheville's "opportunity zone", the recent death of an Asheville Fire Department employee which raised concerns about that line of work increasing cancer risk, and more.    

Photo of happy diners at Haywood Street Church Welcome Table
Haywood Street Church

Haywood Street Church in Asheville continues to break bread that helps break barriers with its Downtown Welcome Table.  A place where a person in need can come to the table for a delicious and quality meal prepared by some of the top restaurants the city has to offer. This unique relationship between culinary experts and the church continues to expand - that supports the statement, "There's always a place for you at the table."  Interviews during this feature are many, including Haywood Street Rev.

When Western Carolina Met Alabama

Dec 9, 2019

The Western Carolina Football Team traveled to play at one of the most dominant and successful programs in college football history, Alabama.  Cory Vaillancourt of Smoky Mountain News made the trip and watched the game from the sidelines.  It gave him a chance to put together a story that described what it means for the smaller college program when David vs. Goliath.  

It's usually a loss for the Western Carolina's of the world, but there's always a big pay day for these schools.  This interview first aired Nov. 27, 2019.

Picture of people in voting booths

Joel Burgess, State and Federal Politics and City Government Reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times, took part in this More to the Story from Nov. 20, 2019 to discuss the latest changes in voting maps in western NC. 

Could these changes not only effect voters but also Representative Mark Meadows of the 11th District?  

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

Mipso - The Unlikely Story Of A Band With A Lot To Like

Dec 1, 2019

From Southern Songs and Stories Producer and WNCW Program Director Joe Kendrick: "The band Mipso never anticipated being as successful or as long-lived as they became. It is a band that mandolin player Jacob Sharp called unlikely, because none of the members studied music when they met in college at UNC-Chapel Hill, and none of them thought music was going to be a career -- nothing beyond their initial love of other bands, and of playing together.

Musician smiling in front of blue door wearing a hat
Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

On this podcast of Down the Road on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, learn how the much beloved musician, writer, photographer, singer-songwriter, songcatcher and television personality David Holt came to the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina from Santa Barbara, California.