Paul Foster

Mountain in western North Carolina with blue sky
Jay Leutze

This edition of More To The Story covered some of the latest news headlines from the pages of The Asheville Citizen Times.  Editor and Columnist Casey Blake was our guest of this interview from July 24, 2019.  Items discussed include:

Buncombe County to receive its first state park

An Asheville sinkhole receives a cult like following and

Charges in the setting of a fire to the former French Broad School building.

The Catawba Indian Nation hopes to build a casino in Kings Mountain, Cleveland County NC.  While there is support from local and state representatives for the Catawba's plan, there is also opposition from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, who have state representatives on their side as well. Cherokee is already home to the ever growing Harrah's Cherokee Casino. What makes this issue right or wrong?  Reporter Holly Kays of Smoky Mountain News explains on this More to the Story from July 17, 2019.

Friday Feature- Summer at The Earl Scruggs Center

Jul 19, 2019

His name, his music, his banjo-pickin' style are all legendary and a center in honor of his memory and accomplishments is located in Shelby, N.C. On this Friday Feature, WNCW presents 'The Earl Scruggs Center' during a conversation with Executive Director, Mary Beth Martin. Hear all the details and find out about what's called Pickin' on the Porch. This originally aired July 5, 2019.

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

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RitaE

Discussed on this edition of More To The Story was the report in Asheville's Mountain Xpress on "Buncombe County Faces a Lack of Affordable Childcare."  Parents working outside the home have to depend on daycare for their children, which doesn't come easy, especially when it comes to the price tag for the average household.  Intern Writer Hannah Massen, with some assistance, handled the article that was discussed with WNCW by Mountain Xpress Managing Editor, Virginia Daffron.  This interview was on-air July 3, 2019.

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Each year, The Haywood Arts Council presents Junior Appalachian Musicians Camp or just call it JAM Camp.  Its a chance to introduce area youth to cultural mountain heritage music, the traditions and sound and their importance to our region.  This year's camp starts in this month of July.  Guest on this Friday Feature Interview of the Week from June 28, 2019 was Director of the Haywood Arts Council- Leigh Forrester.

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

DVD cover for documentary Guardian of our Troubled Waters
David Weintraub

On this segment of the Friday Feature Interview of the Week we're proud to share The Center for Cultural Preservation's new documentary on the river hereos of the South called "Guardians Of Our Troubled Waters."  Award Winning Documentary Film Director and Executive Director for the Center, David Weintraub, is our guest. He'll be discussing the new film and announcing when it will be debuting in cities across Western North Carolina.  SaveCulture.org  provides full information or... just go ahead and listen.  Originally broadcast on WNCW June 7, 2019.

Man smiling sitting in a booth at a festival
Vicki Dameron

The Annual Mayfest Arts & Crafts Festival in Rutherfordton, a family event, was May 4th.  We invite you to listen back to WNCW's Friday Feature from May 3, 2019 that painted the picture of the event's history and current status. Rutherford Town Manager Doug Barrick and Rutherford Town Revitalization President Ashley Lowery were guests.

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

Two members of the Tryon Theater in front of WNCW Sign at Station
Paul Foster

Tryon Little Theatre presents "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,"  where the lead character not only deals with being on the Autism Spectrum or Aspergers, but does so in real life.   WNCW sat down with that lead actor- Liam Daniels, only 17-years-old, and the play's Director- Chris Tinkler to find out the details of this play with the very interesting title.  Final performances take place May 2nd-5th.  Our interview aired originally April 26, 2019.

Explore Asheville

Columnist /Reporter John Boyle of the Asheville Citizen-Times was guest on this segment of More To The Story to cover some of his recent articles.  This included naming rights (licensing) of the current U.S. Cellular Center.  The building has been the long time home to big music concerts and other entertainers of all kind and was known many years as the Asheville Civic Center.  Will U.S.

From an on-air appearance, March 27, 2019, Mackenzie Wicker of the Daily Courier Newspaper, covering the news happenings of Rutherford County gives an update on Word of Faith Church. Fraud and unemployment benefits involving pastors of the church are a part of the update.

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

Opinions Editor and Columnist with The Asheville Citizen-Times- Casey Blake recapped recent stories from the region - including Bill Murdock, who has now resigned as CEO of Eblen Charities, one of the largest non-profit groups based in Western NC, due to something from his past.  Blake also spoke about a legal matter involving Conservative Activist James O'Keefe.  This interview originally aired March 20, 2019 on More to the Story.

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.

You may have heard about the on-going developments between the United States and China on Automotive Manufacturing Tariffs.  Does this mean that the BMW Manufacturing Plant in Upstate South Carolina (Spartanburg/Greenville) will have the company's earnings trimmed?  And what about job layoffs, etc.?  Business Reporter with The Greenville News- Anna Mitchell recaps her stories on this topic during this More to the Story (originally aired Dec. 5, 2018).

Friday Feature: Native American Heritage Month

Dec 5, 2018
Vicki Dameron

November was National Native American Heritage Month, which made it a good time to spotlight The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.  However, any time would be a good time to talk about the roots or beginning - to more recent days that depict these strong and brave Americans from Western NC to Oklahoma. An interview with Principal Chief Richard Sneed leads this Friday Feature (aired Nov. 30, 2018).

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

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.

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