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WNCW and Earl Scruggs Center Partner With New Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Documentary Series

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

WNCW aired the special hour-long broadcast “Carolina Gospel” Tuesday February 20 from 7-8pm, with host and producer Kevin Washington’s celebration of the gospel music genre, seen through a regional lens. Kevin features conversations from local voices within the western North Carolina gospel music community including Clarence “CQ” Quarles local gospel radio host; Dr. Charlene Robbins PhD, pastor of the Boyd Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Lake Wylie, SC; Dee Hunt, a member of Shelby, NC’s gospel quartet, The Keys of Harmony; and Billy C. Wirtz, host of the nationally syndicated radio show The Rhythm Revival. Hear their stories and insights about gospel music and its impact regionally and beyond. We also dive deep into the rich music and many artists of the gospel tradition, past and present. Tune in to WNCW on Tuesday, February 20th from 7 to 8pm on grassroots radio WNCW for this special presentation on gospel music.

In addition, WNCW is partnering with the Earl Scruggs Center in nearby Shelby, NC, to produce a panel discussion with audience participation which will include screening of select clips of the Gospel documentary series in this free public event:

“The Earl Scruggs Center and WNCW presents “Carolina Gospel: An Exploration of the Sacred Sounds of the Piedmont ”. This one-of-a-kind program featuring a live quartet and panel discussion, is being produced in conjunction with the newest PBS documentary Gospel featuring Henry Louis Gates Jr. Join panelists Tom Hanchett, Omar Porter, Rev. Billy Houze, and Kevin Washington with moderator Joe Kendrick as they uncover the rich cultural impact of this dynamic genre of music on those living in the North Carolina Piedmont. In conjunction with the panel discussion will be a screening of segments of the new PBS documentary and performances from a live gospel quartet. Be sure to register in advance at as space will be limited.”

The program is slated for February 24th at 2pm.

Link to make your free reservation here: 

Corporate support for GOSPEL was provided by Bank of America. Major funding support was provided by the Lilly Endowment Inc., Gilead Sciences, Inc., the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Emerson Collective and the Ford Foundation. Funding was also provided by members of The Inkwell Society and by public television viewers like you.

Joe Kendrick grew up far off in the woods in rural Stanfield, NC, where he acquired his first Sony Walkman, listened to both AM and FM radio from Charlotte, went to Nascar races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, attended a small Baptist church, read Rolling Stone, subscribed to cassette clubs, and played one very forgettable season of high school football. From there, Joe studied Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was able to fulfill his dream of being a disc jockey at WXYC. He volunteered at WNCW soon after graduation.