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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.

Asheville's Civic Center Has A New Name

Feb 6, 2020

For many years this downtown Asheville venue has hosted concerts, conferences, trade shows, sporting events and more, attracting attendees from all over western North Carolina.  What had been known in recent years as the U.S. Cellular Center has now become 'Harrah's Cherokee Center Asheville' - the same Harrah's that oversees Harrah's Cherokee Casino in North Carolina. The Center's General Manager Chris Corl was our guest and he talked about what has happened and previewed news about exciting additions for the future.  

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.

Smoky Mountain News and Smoky Mountain Living Magazine  - Reporter/Journalist Garret Woodward returned to WNCW on this edition of More To The Story.  Garret recapped his travels to catch great music festivals and in some cases, conduct one-on-one artists interviews from the Carolinas to NY State.  He shares his travels and stories.  Garret also talked about the passing of the legendary Raymond Fairchild, who he called friend.  This interview was aired Oct. 23, 2019.

Bigfoot walking
Bernell MacDonald

Reporter Mike Conley with The McDowell News took part in this edition of More To The Story to cover such topics as *The Foothills Food Hub - growing with help from a grant *The addition of a Mural at The Miller Complex-Muncipal Event Center and the successful *Bigfoot Festival. This episode orginally aired on Oct. 9, 2019.

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Casey Blake, Opinions Editor and Columnist with the Asheville Citizen Times returns to WNCW's 'More to the Story' to address recent headlines. The conversation includes facts about the growing number of individuals diagnosed with Legionaire's Disease after attending the Mountain State Fair. The editor also talkes about concerns about how authorities handle the city's fight against drugs, prostitution and homelessness.  The conversation first hit the airwaves on October 2, 2019.

Greenville News Investigative Reporter Daniel Gross spoke with WNCW's Paul Foster on 'More To The Story' to go over the paper's six-month investigation report  analyzing statewide South Carolina police data and how often an officers weapon was used.  Gross specifically shares the results from the Greenville County's Sheriff's Office.  The interview first aired on Sept. 25, 2019.

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Each year, The NC Dance Festival, a program coordinated by Greensboro based Dance Project, brings professional modern and contemporary choreography from North Carolina artists to audiences across the state.  As the Festival celebrates its 29th year, it will make a stop in Asheville in early October for several performances and also team up with several local groups like Buncombe County Schools dance students.  This interview first aired Sept. 20, 2019 with Anne Morris, Executive Director of Dance Project.

The well covered, twists, turns, and perhaps chaotic, North Carolina 9th Congressional District officially declared a winner after recent results from a made up election from November 2018.  That as Dan Bishop, the Republican, narrowly beat Democrat Dan McCready in the district that includes a portion of Charlotte/Mecklenburg County.  This More to the Story is a recap of the journey with Charlotte Public Radio WFAE's Steve Harrison.  This chat originally aired Sept. 11, 2019.

It's being called a one of a kind festival for the Blue Ridge Mountains.  It's the first annual Chow Chow Festival taking place in Downtown Asheville, North Carolina - September 12th-15th.  Chow Chow is a 501c non-profit organization - a culinary experience featuring great food, panel discussions, and chef demonstrations.  One of the leading chefs and organizers of the event, Katie Button, is our guest on the Friday Feature Interview of the Week from Sept. 6, 2019.

A case that involved mistrust, fraud, expenditures, luxury benefits, and more by members of Buncombe County, NC that included top leaders, is reviewed up until the recent day of jail sentencing in U.S. District Court.  A series of interviews, going back over two years, with Asheville Citizen-Times Reporter- Jennifer Bowman provides all the scandalous details that involved former County Manager Wanda Greene, Assistant County Manager John Creighton, and others.   The interview first aired on September 4, 2019.

Beautiful View of Blue Ridge Mountains, trees and split rail fence
Vicki Dameron

Hear all about the Pisgah-Nantahala national forest draft management plan for the next 20 plus years, as this Friday Feature spotlights ECO Foresters in Western North Carolina with its Communications Director Lang Hornthal.  Lang also provides information on invasive species that try and take over the forests and what's known as The Sandy Mush Forest Restoration Project.  This interview aired August 30, 2019.

Friday Feature: North Carolina Day Trips by Theme

Aug 20, 2019

Thanks to Author Marla Hardee Milling, a fun adventures book has been put together called "North Carolina By Theme Day Trips."  Marla spoke to WNCW about her jam-packed list of fun and entertaining locations in the state. From the Mountains to the Ocean, Marla's visiting tips are useful for citizens of all ages.  The resident of Asheville appeared on The Friday Feature August 16, 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

More to the Story- Forced to Fight

Aug 20, 2019

Smoky Mountain News published the the article "Forced to Fight: Opioid Data Puts Local Addiction in Context."  The writer of the story, Reporter Cory Vaillancourt, was guest on this edtion of More to the Story from August 14, 2019.  Through information provided by the Washington Post, Cory shared data on locations across Western NC when it comes to the amount of opioid prescriptions being written in various locations.  The results might surprise you.

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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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