Isothermal Community College

Graphic for a drive in concert
Graphic By Brenda Craig

Pandemic got you down? Got Cabin Fever? Missing live music?  Of course you are, and your friends at WNCW think we have the cure! We're calling it the WNCW Summer Outback Opry - As in, out back in the parking lot of The Foundation at Isothermal Community College in Spindale, NC, home of WNCW.

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Photo By Vicki Dameron

Isothermal Community College Commencement: June 15, 2020

From Mike Gavin, ICC Marketing and Communications Director:

Curriculum and College and Career Readiness (Adult High School Diploma/High School Equivalency) will be celebrated in a joint ceremony via WNCW and YouTube. This will be an event filled with pomp and circumstance, celebration, fireworks at Isothermal Community College, and luminaries around the lake. Even more, this will be broadcasted live across four states and streamed digitally around the globe!

Earl Scruggs Music Festival Promoters Reschedule Event

May 26, 2020
Letter postponing event
Earl Scuggs Music Festival

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Maggie Rainwater

The inaugural Earl Scruggs Music Festival, scheduled for September 4-5, 2020 in Mill Spring, North Carolina, is still moving forward in these uncertain times. Festivals everywhere have been hard hit by a summer of cancellations and an atmosphere of uncertainty, but we all will need to gather again soon. In the meantime, the Earl Scruggs Music Festival is proud to present A Month of Mondays, a series of lively livestreamed interviews between the festival’s artistic director Steve Johnson of SJ21 Music and select performers from the festival.

Author Jeffrey Blount Being Interviewed By News Producer Paul Foster
Vicki Dameron

Staffers at Isothermal Community College, in Spindale NC - home to WNCW, were honored to welcome guest speaker, Jeffrey Blount, retired veteran director of NBC News programs like the Today Show and Meet The Press. Blount worked with the network for more than 30 years and is also an author, an award winning documentary script writer, and winner of an Emmy.  Blount is traveling across the country to talk about his latest book, The Emancipation of Evan Walls, and to share thoughts on issues involving race and social justice.

The much anticipated BIG NEWS is here! Organizers of the inaugural Earl Scruggs Music Festival, coming September 4-5, 2020 to Mill Spring, North Carolina, are proud to announce two major headliners that have been added to the festival lineup: Old Crow Medicine Show and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. Yes!

 

While the word had already been spreading, WNCW and Concert Promoter Steve Johnson made it official that an Earl Scruggs Music Festival was coming next year.  There was no better place for the announcement than at the recent IBMA Awards held in Raleigh, NC.  The Inaugural Earl Scruggs Music Festival will take place Labor Day Weekend, 2020, at The Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, NC. WNCW's Joe Kendrick sat down with Johnson at the IBMA's to discuss the event.  The conversation first aired Oct. 4, 2019.

Today representatives from the Earl Scruggs Center and WNCW 88.7 FM announced big plans for the First Annual Earl Scruggs Music Festival, coming September 4-5, 2020 to Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, NC. Celebrating the legacy of an American music legend, the Earl Scruggs Music Festival will bring together artists from bluegrass, Americana, blues, and many other roots music genres to celebrate the pioneering vision of Earl Scruggs.

Vicki Dameron

The 2019-20 season marks the 21st season for The Foundation Performing Arts Center, located at Isothermal Community College in Spindale, NC.  Foundation Executive Director  Russell Wicker was guest on this edition of The Friday Feature to cover the season's guests appearing from September through April.  Learn about dates for such musical acts as The Drifters and Balsam Range and a dedication to Sir Paul with The McCartney Years.  This interview first aired August 23, 2019.

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Mike Gavin

Isothermal Community College recently hosted the North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents Summer Quarterly Meeting.  Over 50 college presidents from all over the state gathered on the ICC campus.  This included outgoing President of the NCACCP, this past year, Dr. David Shockley - president of Surry Community College.  Shockley is guest on this Friday Feature from August 9, 2019.

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

Band members smiling and posing for photographer in studio
Vicki Dameron

According to Studio B Rewind Host Kim Clark, we've got a blockbuster show this weekend and the action begins at 7pm. "From the archives, we'll have Robert Walter's 20th Congress in session at the old Asheville, NC Music Zone in 2001," said Clark.  "Also, in remembrance of the late Peter Tork, we'll hear him and his band Shoe Suede Blues in Studio B in 2005.

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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.

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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.

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Vicki Dameron

This Sunday, on Studio B Rewind, Kim Clark will share music and interviews from a session with one of Brevard, North Carolina's favorite singer/songwriters, Dave Desmelik. He visited WNCW with an Army of Love featuring Laura Blackley, Jane Kramer, Alexa Rose, Mike Guggino, & Mike Ashworth. They joined Desmelik for a very special session, to play music and talk about the band's benefit concert to help raise awareness about pediatric illness.

Goin' Across The Mountain Host Joe Greene welcomes members of Carolina Blue Saturday, December 15th in the One O'clock hour to talk about, and premiere, songs from the bluegrass band's new album, "I Hear Bluegrass Calling Me." They'll also talk about a very special event coming up next month - Carolina Blue is part of the lineup for our Annual LIVE Goin' Across The Mountain Show, January 18th 2019, at the Isothermal Community College Foundation Performing Arts Center, in Sp

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