Isothermal Community College

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

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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

His name is Raymond Stone and he was very instrumental in the beginning years of the North Carolina Community College System.  Stone was on the campus of Isothermal Community College speaking at an event and took time to sit down with WNCW for this Friday Feature from November 23, 2018.

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

WNCW 88.7 FM and The Foundation  are thrilled to once again present “Goin’ Across the Mountain Live” in honor of WNCW’s acclaimed Saturday bluegrass show. Headlining this year will be the "Queen Of Bluegrass," Rhonda Vincent and the Rage.

Images From The Studio B Session With YELLOW FEATHER

Oct 18, 2018
Band members in Studio B
Vicki Dameron

We had a great time taking these images in Studio B while hanging with the band Yellow Feather. The group calls Old Fort, North Carolina home. It's a small town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just eat of Asheville, NC. We were fortunate to share this LIVE Studio B Session with our listeners earlier this year. And, we've also been able to feature one of the Country/Americana band's songs, "Lucille" on our new Crowd Around The Mic CD Volume 22.

Our Fall Fundraiser starts this Sunday, October 21st, at 7am! We are super excited to meet up with old friends, fans, and WNCW Members, in Studio B this weekend. We have LOTS of new thank you gifts - cool stuff like our new Crowd Around The Mic Vol. 22. There's info on this homepage about the artists featured on the two-cd compilation. Just click on the slideshow to view liner notes! We are also offering a new handmade coffee mug, new tee-shirt designs, a new hoodie, a WNCW Nalgene Bottle, fishing trips, concert tickets, cds, gift certificates and much more!

It’s nearly impossible to explain the exceptional talents of EmiSunshine, the 14-year-old singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Madisonville, TN. While the music of this “modern-day Janis Joplin” has been described as “old-timey,” she adds her own unique, contemporary blend of roots music that is equal parts Americana, bluegrass, gospel, and country, with a sprinkling of blues, delivering vivid emotion with every spirited yet haunting note. She'll be at the Isothermal Community College Performing Arts Center, Saturday, October 6th. Showtime is at 7:30pm  

A part of Isothermal Community College is The Foundation Performing Arts and Conference Center, where each season a fantastic lineup of guest performers visit the area to perform.  WNCW's Friday Feature Interview of the Week had a visit from Foundation Director- Russell Wicker on August 3, 2018.  Listen as Wicker goes over the 2018-19 lineup, featuring some familiar names in the music business. 

WNCW 88.7 FM and The Foundation will again present “Goin’ Across the Mountain Live” in honor of WNCW’s acclaimed Saturday afternoon bluegrass show. Headlining this year will be Rhonda Vincent and the Rage. Opening the show will be Carolina Blue, a Brevard, NC based, traditional bluegrass and gospel band.

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