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Joe Kendrick

Director of Programming and Operations

Joe Kendrick grew up far off in the woods at 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.

After several years and two stints in radio on the coast in Wilmington, Joe was back in western NC where he returned  to volunteering at WNCW while he started his first business, a landscape lighting franchise with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives. In 1999, he met his future wife Amy at the Isotope 217 concert at Vincent's Ear in Asheville, and a year later they wed. The landscape lighting business grew but so did Joe's presence on the radio, and the desire to follow his heart led him to sell his business in 2006. Soon thereafter, he garnered the morning host slot on WNCW and has been full time in Spindale ever since.

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  • One of the finest songwriters of his generation talks about his love of electric guitar, life on his 500+ acre farm, his many collaborations, his favorite cover version of one of his signature songs and much more, including music from his most recent albums and live excerpts of songs from his extensive catalog.
  • Town Mountain’s Jesse Langlais and Zach Smith, talked with WNCW’s Joe Kendrick about their newly announced, upcoming appearance at the Earl Scruggs Music Festival on Labor Day weekend at the Tryon International Equestrian Center. Town Mountain is set to release their new album, Lines In the Levee, and have added a new member, drummer Miles Miller. We are excited to hear about their new sound, new member and about what they have in store for us at the Earl Scruggs Music Festival!
  • Do you love live music? This episode is for you! After taking in a number of shows after a bit of a lull, I was energized, engaged, and excited. It got me thinking about telling the story of not only those concert experiences, but also about the broader subject of live music. So let us talk, shall we?
  • The banjo is one of the most stereotyped instruments in music. Its mention may lead casual listeners, even many audiophiles, to think of artists like Earl Scruggs or perhaps Steve Martin, and if you are lucky, Bela Fleck. Nonetheless, the banjo has proven adaptable to many settings beyond its usual home in bluegrass and old-time music. Galway-based We Banjo 3 reminds us that the instrument is not only a staple of Celtic music; it also compliments songs leaning towards blues, jazz and Americana equally well.Read Joe Kendrick's review of and listen to their song "Gift of Life" republished from NPR's #NowPlaying.
  • The Swedish psychedelic rock quartet return with scorching guitars, thunderous drums, reverb dialed to 11 and Gustav Ejstes' singular voice.
  • Recapping an evening of live music from Bon Iver with opener Bonny Light Horseman at outdoor venue Rabbit Rabbit in downtown Asheville, NC
  • Colin Hay talks about his long career, the music and music scenes of his native Scotland and his successive home countries Australia and the US, his admiration for artists like Kasey Musgraves, Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton, about finding his way out of having been, as he puts it, too alternative for commercial labels and too commercial for alternative labels, and a lot more, including excerpts of music from Colin’s latest record, Now and the Evermore.
  • Colin Hay talks about his long career, the music and music scenes of his native Scotland and his successive home countries Australia and the US, his admiration for artists like Kasey Musgraves, Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton, about finding his way out of having been, as he puts it, too alternative for commercial labels and too commercial for alternative labels, and a lot more, including excerpts of music from Colin’s latest record, Now and the Evermore.
  • A timeless tale of amorous yearning gets a summertime spin.
  • Ahead of The Jayhawks' performance at Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, NC on June 26th, WNCW's Joe Kendrick talked with founding member Gary Louris. In this wide-ranging conversation, Gary touches on everything from his love of the outdoors to his memories of the heyday of the Minneapolis music scene in the 1980s. Gary gets to play DJ as well, picking out one of his favorite Jayhawks songs to close out the interview.