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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.

Courtney Ashley

Forest City, NC Marketing and Events Coordinator - Courtney Ashley was guest of this WNCW Friday Feature Inteview of the Week, as she talked about many of the family friendly events being offered to citizens in and around Rutherford County, NC.  The interview, recorded on Sept. 13, 2019, took place the day before a new event called The Diverse City Festival that was celebrating and unifying cultures and heritages of all kinds.  Ashley also shared info about Sept. 28ths "Pimento Cheese Jubilee,"  held in Forest City, NC at Pavilion on Park Square also known as POPS.

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.

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John Gillespie and Joe Kendrick

"The Deer is a band that does not fit into any one box, or any single term you might use to describe them," said WNCW Program Director Joe Kendrick. "The term “folk” comes up a lot when you hear about this Austin, Texas quintet. Descriptors like “indie folk,” “transcendental Texas folk,” and “psychotropic folk” are all floating around out there, but like so many handles we try to put on music, they are often slippery and ill suited to pick up what artists are laying down.

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Vicki Dameron

WNCW’s new music podcast features a number of Texans in this episode, ranging from all time WNCW favorites like Rodney Crowell to newcomers like Los Coast," said WNCW Program Director Joe Kendrick. "We get to one of our go-to western North Carolina outfits as well, with Seth Kauffman’s band Floating Action. Plus, we drop in on several women artists who are new to the scene, with songs from Sunny War, Esther Rose and Madison Cunningham.

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.

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.

After Smoky Mountain News Holly Kays, Outdoors Editor and News Reporter, presented her story, "The Untold Story: Smokies Seeks to Showcase History of African-Americans in the Park" - we knew we had to have her on the program.  The National Park Service is helping to showcase this history. Holly covers the details during this edition of More to the Story from August 21, 2019.

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

On the latest episode of Down The Road on The Blue Ridge Mountain Music Trails of North Carolina, Host Laura Boosinger spotlights the multitalented musician Lillian Chase. She's a 6th generation North Carolinian, an award winning fiddle phenom who is 15-years-old and has already won the following awards:

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When talking about how things used to be two decades ago, Adam Aijala, guitarist and founding member of Yonder Mountain String Band said, “We could play a hardcore bluegrass festival, and we'd be the weird band; we could play a jam band festival and be the only band without drums.” That’s not always the case for this now five-piece group nowadays, but they still find themselves in a place where few artists stay for long: bridging the musical territories of classic bluegrass with jam and psychedelia. 

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

WNCW had the opportunity to again connect with WFAE Public Radio, Charlotte and Reporter Steve Harrison about the latest involving District 9, which has received national attention in the past for voter fraud and feelings about next year's Republican National Convention.  This includes the candidates set to face off in November in District 9 and fundraising on both sides of the ticket, Democrat and Republican.  The interview first aired August 7, 2019.

Welcome to episode 45 of WNCW’s new music podcast, On The Way Up, where you can hear some of the best new tunes now, on our airwaves, as well as get a bit of a recap of music doing well here in the first half of 2019," said Producer Joe Kendrick. "You'll hear the latest from artists like Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Eilen Jewell and Tyler Childers, and we'll bring you up to speed on the new albums we played the most this year.

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