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From WNCW Program Director Joe Kendrick: This is the first of a two episode series on BJ Barham, front man of NC band American Aquarium, with in depth conversations with BJ as well as guests Ronda Chollock, a music promoter from Charlottesville, Virginia, and music artist Tyler Boone, who grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, but now calls Hollywood, CA home. We get into topics like how Barham articulates the dark history of the South so that people will start having conversations about racial and class divides, however uncomfortable those conversations might be.

Here are some albums that have recently risen to the top here at WNCW. A few times a month, Music Director Martin Anderson compiles lists of the top ten current album releases and we list them under Programming and New Releases. If you want to access the list, learn more, see the albums and listen to the music, click on the link below. Thanks so much for listening to Grassroots - Listener Powered Radio! We hope you're enjoying the tunes, the news and all the other great info that is featured on WNCW 88.7 FM and streaming online at wncw.org

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Courtesy of Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

For more than a hundred years, folklorists and other scholars have been visiting the community of Beech Mountain, North Carolina. Perhaps the most prolific collector of the community’s music and stories was himself a native of Old Beech. In the 1960s, Jack Guy began selling mountain handcrafts and folk toys to tourists, helping local artists make a living through their heritage crafts.

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The Foothills Conservancy, based in Morganton, NC and its Executive Director Andrew Kota joined WNCW for this edition of The Friday Feature to share the non-profit group's story and how the Conservancy, as of 2020, protects more than 60,000-acres of mountain lands and forests habitats.  This interview first aired on WNCW on June 12, 2020.

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

Updated 7:28 p.m. ET

George Floyd, whose killing by police inspired worldwide protests calling for an end to systemic racism and police brutality, was taken to a cemetery for burial Tuesday in his hometown of Houston.

The black man died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly 9 minutes. A video captured by a bystander showed Floyd pleading for air and calling out for his mother.

Floyd, 46, was to be buried next to his mother.

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From WNCW Director of Radio Operations, Dave Kester:

Here are some albums that have recently risen to the top here at WNCW. A few times a month, Music Director Martin Anderson compiles lists of the top ten current album releases and we list them under Programming and New Releases. If you want to access the list, learn more, see the albums and listen to the music, click on the link below. Thanks so much for listening to Grassroots - Listener Powered Radio! We hope you're enjoying the tunes, the news and all the other great info that is featured on WNCW 88.7 FM and streaming online at wncw.org

Wow. We're grateful. We're humbled. We're happy. And, we're tired. You came through for WNCW and its staff and we cannot begin to describe how thankful we are for your gracious donations and hundreds, upon hundreds, of kind words, encouragement and heart-felt comments.

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Good day! Today is Thursday and that means it's Dagger Kayak giveaway day!  A "Roam 9.5 Kayak" is being donated to WNCW from our friends at Confluence Outdoor in Greenville, South Carolina. Those who have already made a donation, and those who make a tax-deductible donation before the end of the day today are automatically entered to win! The drawing will be held Thursday evening, May 21 at 6pm. Pre-drive donations are counted in this drawing. Note: Color may vary on kayak.

It's our largest collection of Studio B Sessions that we have ever produced! As you can see from the image, there are some incredible artists featured on this three CD compilation. It's truly a treasure trove of musical goodness. There are 45 sessions, recorded mainly in Studio B, so if you're missing our live sessions, here's a way to own 45 of them. It will be retired after this fund drive, so get it now while you can!

Welcome to the WNCW Spring 2020 Fundraiser! Finally... whew! It's been a crazy few months for sure. We hope all of you are doing well.

We're super happy to share our new Goin' Across the Mountain Volume Four CD with you! Most of the songs were recorded in Studio B, a few were prodcued live at venues like the Don Gibson Theater in Shelby, NC and Wicked Weed in Asheville, NC. We think this compilation is fantastic and we think you will too!

Friday, May 15th at 10pm, from May, 2015: Orgone

May 12, 2020

Tune in to Scotty Robertson's "Rhythm Theorem" Friday night as he spins his fine mix of soul, funk, & jazz grooves... and includes the songs played by Orgone when they were in Studio B five years ago this month.

Another favorite band of ours whom we're honored to have welcomed on more than one occasion is the Avett Brothers. This interview/performance we have for you, another that hasn't aired since it was live (4/12/04), was around the time "Mignonette" came out, when the band was still just the trio of Seth, Scott, and Bob.

Wednesday, May 13th at Noon, from May, 2003: Andrew Bird

May 11, 2020

In the absence of live Studio B sessions, we thought we'd revisit some of our favorite ones from years' past. Join us Wednesday as we rebroadcast this one from the innovative singer/songwriter/violinist Andrew Bird.

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