Friday Feature of the Week

This Friday Feature Interview of the Week from March 8, 2019 spotlighted The Children and Family Resource Center, who co-presented an event called 'Talking to Young Children about Race.'  WNCW's guest from the group was Laura D'Angelo, a therapist and parent educator.  Laura gave background on the Resource Center and the goals and guest of the event - that was not only for children but their parents and caretakers as well.

Cover of book with pastel water colors and white text
Cover watercolor by Polly Gott - Design by Carolyn Kasper

Child Of The Woods is more than a collection of stories from Susi Gott Seguret about her childhood.  It's an invitation to go wandering, to traipse through the underbrush in search of adventure and excitement, experiencing the majesty of nature anew, through the eyes of a child of the woods.  It was a pleasure for producers of The Friday Feature to talk with this author, who grew up in Madison County, NC and after a time away, has returned there.  From the on-air interview of March 1, 2019.

Brass Band Playing in Parade in Asheville, NC
Vicki Dameron

New Orleans and others across the country have just wrapped up celebrating another Mardi Gras, including in our region - the popular group, Asheville Mardi Gras.  WNCW spoke with Michael Franco, a dedicated member of the group.  Franco shares what it means to be a member of the group, events throughout the year and the just held Annual Parade and Queens Ball.   These guys know how to party!!

Posted by Host and Producer- Paul Foster of WNCW, who serves as Senior Producer and News Director

They are called The Bright Star Touring Theatre and are based in Asheville. They've toured nearly 40-states across the U.S. and when they take the stage, it's performances like 'Heroes of the Underground Railroad' that helps give elementary aged children and community members the chance to view a powerful performance that shares a part of Black History.  Two actors from the group took part in this Friday Feature to talk about Bright Star, their roles, the variety of plays and more, as we recognized February as Black History Month.  Originally aired on Feb. 22, 2019.

A few years ago, WNCW presented an interview with Author Dave Gilbert of Mars Hill University, when he released his book 'Ragtime, Race and The Birth of the Manhatten Marketplace.'  The book shared the history of African-Americans who signficantly affected music in the late 1800's and early 1900's, including what's known as Ragtime.  Later, an opportunity presented itself for Gilbert to provide liner notes to a music CD called 'The Product of Our Souls: The Sound and Sway of James Reese Europe's Society Orchestra.' That CD received a Grammy nomination.

Logo for Partners for Active Living

PAL- Partners for Active Living of Spartanburg filled in WNCW's Friday Feature on the lastest taking place with their non-profit organization, including The Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail surpassing 100,000 annual uses in 2018.  Through policies, partnerships, places and programs, Partners for Active Living inspires a healthy and active Spartanburg County.  This segment orignally aired February 1, 2019.

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

Two men posing in front of WNCW Sign at station
Vicki Dameron

Rutherford County native and former Isothermal Community College Student- Ray Colon recently made a return to the area to visit family and dropped by the studios of WNCW.  It gave us the opportunity to interview a world traveler, who could specifically talk about life in China. Ray has been using his talents over the years to teach the English language and play and record music in the land of the rising sun. Hear his perspective about the people and culture of the Chinese on this editon of More to the Story from Jan.

Biltmore Conservatory

WNCW's Friday Feature Interview of the Week had a chance to catch up with the Editor In Chief of Our State Magazine, Elizabeth Hudson.  Our State celebrates North Carolina from the coast to the mountains.  Elizabeth talked about January's issue which featured Biltmore's Hidden Jungle, a young farm couple in Yancy County and their world-famous calf- Baby James, plus Martin Luther King, Jr's speech presented in Rocky Mount.  This interview first aired on Jan. 18, 2019.

Two men laughing and playing music
Vicki Dameron

Former NASCAR driver, and now broadcaster Kyle Petty joined WNCW's Friday Feature as he was preparing for a concert with Musician David Childers.  Kyle talks about his love for music, singing and songwriting, but the heart of this interview was his long-time charity work that includes Victory Junction, a camp for children with disabilities.  No one is turned away. We hope you'll have a listen to this feature from January 11, 2019.

AA group of men posing in the hallway at a radio station
Vicki Dameron

While on a tour to visit all community colleges across the state, North Carolina Community College System President- Peter Hans visited Isothermal Community College in Spindale, NC, which is home to WNCW.  It gave us the chance to sit down with Hans and find out what's on his mind after some eight months on the job.  From positives to things he believes can continue to grow and improve, Hans shares his passion during this Friday Feature from January 4, 2019.