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Studio B Performances Presented By Sierra Nevada

Jul 7, 2020

Studio B is where the live music happens, and it's presented by Sierra Nevada. Studio B is the station's state-of-the-art recording facility that hosts regional, national and international artists. WNCW broadcasts performances and interviews live from Studio B. Some of the finest tracks captured in these sessions find their way to WNCW's in-house produced Crowd Around the Mic CDs, a beloved thank you gift for many folks, for many years!

Man standing holding musical instrument with mountains in the background
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.

Transylvania Times Reporter Matt McGregor was guest on WNCW's More To The Story to discuss some of his latest stories - including how Hispanic community members are supporting one another during the pandemic in Transylvania County, NC. McGregor also shares what it's like being a reporter that's still working during a time of isolation. This conversation first aired on June 17, 2020.

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

Tony Kiss covers brewing news these days for the Mountain Xpress, and has been writing and reporting stories about the Carolina Beer Scene since 1994. In this Friday Feature interview that first aired on June 6, 2020,  Tony talked about reopening establishments and making sure safety measures are in place for taprooms and wineries in Western North Carolina and how bars are still in waiting due to state restrictions.

The Organic Growers School of Western North Carolina is has a program called Farm Beginnings that helps people learn about the art of farming. Many skills are required to start and expand a successful farm business: passion, clear goals, production experience, financial and marketing know-how, and more. Farm Beginnings helps people build these skills through one year of farmer-led training, mentoring, and networking.

Friday Feature: The Carolina Climbers' Coalition

May 26, 2020
 logo for Carolina Climbers Coalition
Caroina Climbers Coalition

Carolina Climbers Coalition, or CCC, is a group dedicated to preserving, protecting, and expanding climbing access while conserving the climbing environment in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina.  The members even started The C4 Crew during the COVID - 19 pandemic as a way to give individuals who were out of work,  jobs related to help CCC and the overall climbing community and its destinations.  CCC Executive Director- Mike Reardon was interviewed during this Friday Feature from May 15, 2020.

Walking stick with face perched in front of waterfall
Vicki Dameron

It's always a treat when a lady with true southern charm makes an appearance on the Friday Feature Interview of the Week.  WNCW welcomed back Our State Magazine Editor-in-chief Elizabeth Hudson to talk about the upcoming May issue titled 'The Hiking Issue.'  Page by page, Hudson takes us on a tour, mostly across Western North Carolina, to look at topics featured in this issue, from great trails, to views, to good eats. Hudson also talks about how the popular magazine has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  This segment first aired April 24, 2020.

Gloria Williams

A message for WNCW friends, fans, listeners and musicians: Beginning today, April 16, WNCW will be giving shout outs, free of charge, to our musicians who are streaming live music. 

Folks worldwide are looking for ways to help and we want to help too. We've come up with a cool plan: Give free announcements to our phenomenal musicians, who are streaming live sessions. There are a lot of creative music-makers out there and we need to support them! They have been there for us more than 30 years; Without them, there would be no WNCW. So, let's get to it - Help spread the word!

We're all looking for ways to help our friends who own businesses in WNC. Here's one way to make a difference and still stay in line with social distancing:

Go to this website: #AshevilleStrong

Pick a category and start shopping.

Fire in a forest
Photo by Gerd Altman

A program called 'Paradise Lost- How Climate Change Is Devastating Our Communities' will be held in the near future in Hendersonville, thanks to the efforts of C4: Citizens Concerned with the Climate Crisis.  While a new date for the program is unknown at this time, this conversation will still be well worth your time.  This Friday Feature is a discussion with Tony Dunn, a Fire Ecologist, who now lives in Western NC, but was in Paradise when a massive fire made this Northern California city literally disappear.  The conversation first aired March 6, 2020.

Beautiful view of Blue Ridge Mountains
Photo by Vicki Dameron

Holly Kays, Outdoors Reporter, with Smoky Mountain News was our guest reporter for this edition of More To The Story going over her story on a forest management plan concerning the Pisgah-Nantahala Natonal Forest.  The plan has been in the works for some time but now they seem ready to move forward featuring a number of options that involve public input.  This interview first aired on March 4, 2020.

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

Musician holding flute
Eldred Spell

From the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Website:

Representatives from The Alzheimer's Association - Western North Carolina Chapter made a return to The Friday Feature to talk about a community forum event in the region, while reminding anyone dealing with a loved one who has the Alzheimer's disease, that they want to provide support.  Guest was Denise Young- Program Manager of the association.  This conversation was first presented on Feb. 21, 2020.

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

Adopted from Texas and raised in Mississippi, Krista Shows was a kid who grew up singing in church. She spent time in Los Angeles, Hawaii, and Western North Carolina before returning to Mississippi in her early 20s. She's now back in Asheville, and has a sweet blend of folk, R&B, and country influences. She performs (with a full band!) at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in Asheville on Saturday the 22nd.

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