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Collage of folks who were at Woodstock
Vicki Dameron and Pam Budd

We'll be airing audio clips on Woodstock Day from interviews Martin Anderson recorded with members of the WNCW Community... members who were at Woodstock, groovin' on Max's farm, in 1969. We'll share them all day and into the night TODAY, Friday, August 16, 2019. We'll hear from our friends, long time supporters and Woodstock Alum  Bill Burdett, Al Petteway, Pam Budd and Brad Hunt. We're having a fab time sharing peace and music with you on Grassroots, Listener-Powered Radio WNCW - 88.7 FM.

One of our WNCW Woodstock Day Giveaways on Friday, August 16, includes a $1500 gift certificate for a stay at The Vendue, in Charleston, South Carolina. The Vendue is a boutique, art hotel that has been named by Travel and Leisure Magazine as one of the Top Five Hotels in Charleston. Take a break, enjoy the magic of this historic coastal city, while staying at an award winning hotel located on the corners of East Bay and Vendue Range - A place where tradition meets modern elegance.

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.

Collage of Woodstock images
Henry Diltz - Ken Regan - Kim Henson - Vicki Dameron

We’re super psyched to invite you to be a part of our special one-day Celebration of Woodstock - Friday, August 16th. It’s the 50th anniversary of the iconic event that changed rock ‘n’ roll forever. We’ll be mixing up a groovy batch of music to celebrate and commemorate the famous festival, and we’re also hosting a one-day funder during Woodstock Day.

We’ll be offering fabulous giveaways and thank you gifts including:

We set the stage Sunday evening, August 11 for our all-day Woodstock 50th anniversary celebration coming up on Friday, August 16 by listening to sessions with performers who took the stage on Max Yasgur's farm back in 1969 and, who also played live in Studio B: Jorma Kaukonen in a session from 2007, a 2009 in-studio with John Sebastian along with David Grisman, and Melanie, who was here in 2002. It's a true rewind of rewinds - Sunday, August 11, at 7pm with Kim Clark.

Friday Feature- Get Off The Grid Fest 2019

Aug 6, 2019

Bill Fleming with The Get Off the Grid Festival - Solar Expo and Sustainability Fair was guest on this Friday Feature Interview of the Week - Aug. 2, 2019.  The event will be held at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC, August 9-11. This bi-annual event focuses on renewable energy and educates citizens on what it means to live a self-sufficient life, while also focusing on each individual's health and wellness.  Music and dance are also a big part of the festivities.  For information on the entire music lineup, guests, groups and vendors, go to  getoffthegrid.com.

Dog looking regal
Doris Metternich

During this WNCW More To The Story, Reporter Mike Conley of the McDowell News addressed several recent news stories from their news beat.  This included new business and future plans for Marion's Miller Complex and how the success of the McDowell Animal Shelter is leading them to lend support to the struggling Burke County shelter.  This conversation originally aired July 31, 2019.

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

Two bands posing in studio at WNCW
Vicki Dameron

"When he was 14 years old, Kev Russell found his father's guitar under his bed, along with a sewing machine and a billy club. Lucky for us it was the guitar that captured his attention, because here at WNCW we totally dug the records he made with the Gourds, and his latest band Shinyribs has become a favorite as well. Shinyribs recently played live in Studio B, and we'll listen to that session. We'll also hear music from Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Aaron Neville lead guitarist Jamie McLean, who has been busy touring and recording with a band of his own." ~ Kim Clark

Band members playing music on stage
John Gillespie

Dan Lotti once said, “For me, the whole artistic process is rooted in a sort of spiritual practice. I’m not outwardly yogic, but every single day I’m involved in a yogic practice of meditation and stretching. I think that practice inevitably breathes and inspires the music. It opens you up to a lot of different perspectives.” For Dan and his band Dangermuffin, the music they make is meant for both fun and for healing. Their songs are both for bringing community together, and for letting loose and enjoying a tight jam. Here, those jams are mostly acoustic.

We'll have LIVE music coming your way Saturday afternoon when Goin' Across The Mountain Host Todd Baldwin welcomes Carolina Divide to WNCW. The band members hail from both North Carolina and South Carolina, and as they say - "hence the name." They're known for their love of traditional, gospel and bluegrass tunes. We're excited to share a live session featuring these multitalented, local artists whose sound is unmistakenly deeply rooted in the south and in Appalachian music.

A book has been written by regional resident Matthew Tessnear, a writer, foodie, and former journalist.  Matt shares his personal story about battling anxiety and depression, and his eventual discovery of how to live with them both.  He shares his story of faith, family, and the change he made with the foods he ate.  Matt sat down with Guest Host Jeff Powell for this Friday Feature Interview of the Week on July 26, 2019.

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

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.

We got to to know Boone-based singer/songwriter Shay Martin Lovette around 2017, and this year he won one of MerleFest's Chris Austin Songwriting Competitions. He's also won in Telluride's Troubadour Songwriting Competition. He plays Park Rhythms at Lake Tomahawk Park in Black Mountain, NC Thursday evening, and Reevestock in Elkin, NC on Saturday.

Live Thursday, August 1st between 3 & 4pm: Rich Mahan

Jul 27, 2019

Rich Mahan blends "outlaw country" and rock, and has a lot of fun with it. You can tell he likes to have fun, with songs like "Daydrinking" "Stoned as a Roman Slave" and "Hippie in the City." And, you can tell the California native has found his natural home in Nasheville, with the naming of his new release "Hot Chicken Wisdom," and his previous one "Blame Bobby Bare." Rich and band play The Salvage Station in Asheville, NC Thursday, and Barley's Taproom in Knoxville Friday.

The two Afro-Beat giants were bound to make a spark when they met. Kaleta, from Benin and Nigeria, has played with Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Majek Fashek, & Lauryn Hill, and now lives in NYC. The 6-piece psychedelic Afro-funk-and-rock band Super Yamba formed in Brooklyn in 2014, and have had Kaleta fronting them since 2017. We're excited to welcome their big sound back to Studio B before their show Wednesday night at The Mothlight in Asheville, NC.

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