Diana Wortham Theatre

Each year thanks to The Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville,  young artists within Buncombe County have the opportunity to receive scholarship's through The YES - Youth Education Scholarship Fund.  WNCW spoke with the person instrumental in starting YES, Rae Geoffrey, Managing Director at the Diana Wortham Theatre, who provides all the details.  This interview was orginally aired Dec. 7, 2018.  Have a listen.

Get to know this great Gulf Coast Soul band from Houston! The 8-piece band has been busy these last couple years, playing 300+ gigs including NPR's Tiny Desk, The Daily Show, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. They pile in to Studio B for a session (weather permitting!) before playing in Asheville Tuesday and Wednesday, supporting Thievery Corporation at The Orange Peel.

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Vicki Dameron

On Tuesday, December 4th, one of Brevard, North Carolina's favorite singer/songwriters, Dave Desmelik, returned to WNCW, this time with an Army of Love! Laura Blackley, Jane Kramer, Alexa Rose, Mike Guggino, & Mike Ashworth joined him for a very special session, to play music and talk about the band's benefit concert to help raise awareness about pediatric illness. The event will be held at 7:30pm - Sunday, December 9th at The Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC.

Opinions Editor and Columnist for the Asheville Citizen-Times Casey Blake was guest on this edition of 'More to the Story' to talk about several Asheville and Buncombe County items from the pages of her newspaper.  This included City leaders examining a sales tax increase to sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway having to be closed at times due to winter weather conditons making roadways unsafe.  This program originally aired Nov. 14, 2018.

Congratulations To The Winners of WNCW Giveaways

Nov 19, 2018

Congratualtions to all of our winners and thanks to everyone who participated and/or donated to WNCW during our Fall Fundraiser 2018 campaign.

A special thanks to the companies that provided gifts to help support grassroots radio!

These are our winners of the Fall Fundraiser Daily Giveaways:

Sunday – Headwaters Fly Fishing located in Brevard, NC – Henry S.

Monday - No giveaway

More to the Story: Midterms in Western NC

Nov 6, 2018

State and Federal Government and Politics Reporter for the Asheville Citizen-Times, Mark Barrett was guest on this Morning Edition from Oct. 31, 2018 covering some of the key midterm political races facing Buncombe County voters, as well as house and senate positions around Western North Carolina.

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

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Wicked Weed

Mountain Heart began as an inventive, original bluegrass band back in 1998, and that inventiveness has only grown over the years. The group's 2018 release "Soul Searching" adds New Orleans jazz, soul, and more to its bluegrass roots. On Wednesday morning, November 7th, we'll share the latest "Wicked Weed Barrel-House Session" from Wicked Weed's Funkatorium. It was recorded by our Sound Engineer Sean Rubin last Friday, and the event was hosted by Martin Anderson. Stay with us all day and check out this special session at 10am.

Join us at 7pm Sunday for Studio B Rewind - Courtney Marie Andrews's latest album “May Your Kindness Remain” got rave reviews from multiple music media sources after it was released earlier this year. She and her band played some songs from it for us live from the Mothlight in Asheville, NC this past March. We loved it so much, we featured a song from the session, on our new Crowd Around The Mic Volume 22.

Tune to 88.7fm or stream us at and check out Seth Kaufmann's band Floating Action. We'll be broadcasting the "Wicked Wednesday" session recorded at the Wicked Weed Funkatorium  last Thursday in Asheville, NC. Program Director Joe Kendrick will talk with Kaufmann, between songs, about the band's new release "Heartache Essentials." It's Floating Action on WNCW, Wednesday, October 10th at 4pm during the Music Mix with Roland Dierauf.

Soul/rock/dance band The Fritz settled in Asheville in 2011, after forming in college in Florida. They have a new EP out Friday, and a show in Asheville Saturday night the 13th, and we're glad to have them serve up a funky, soulful lunch in Studio B  on Wednesday. Check out this new video of theirs here.