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Rob Hibbitts

For years, Rob Hibbitts sent in his WNCW donations in envelopes that always featured colorful drawings of nature - mountains, creeks, flora and fauna. This week, he won the top vote for "Best WNCW 30th Anniversary Logo" in a contest we held in May and June 2019.

We called upon 20 different judges to help choose their favorite logo, and nine of them chose Hibbitts' vibrant graphic as their number one choice out of 28 submissions. Many judges included his work in their second and third choices.

This Monday, July 8th at 9pm, on the eve of Major League Baseball’s All Star Game, WNCW PM Mix host Sander Morrison will present an evening of America’s favorite pastime in song! Expect to hear tunes featuring Bob Dylan, Mabel Scott, Paul Simon, Dr. John, Chuck Brodsky, Doc Watson, Peter Cooper, The Baseball Project, Steve Goodman, Dan Bern, Wynona Carr, Count Basie, Widespread Panic, Sam Bush, Abbot and Costello, David Olney and plenty more! That’s Monday Night, 9:00-12:00, PLAY BALL!

Male and female musicians singing in front of mic
David Simchock

The husband-and-wife duo of Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller perform under their middle names. Zoe and Cloyd represent not only the partnership between Natalya and John, but a coming-together of two families’ musical traditions. Natalya is the daughter of a jazz pianist, and the granddaughter of a Russian klezmer musician. She herself plays klezmer and classical as well as mountain music.

EJ Jones, leader of the Piper Jones Band, will be Tom Fellenbaum's  special guest on "Celtic Winds"  Sunday, July 7, in the 1:00 hour.  Jones, a multi instrumentalist from Asheville, NC, who also constructs pipes, will discuss his love of Scottish music, and his position as Musical Director of the annual Highland Games and Gathering of the Clans at Grandfather Mountain in Linville, NC.

Charlotte City Council recently approved its budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year.  Reporter Steve Harrison of WFAE Public Radio (Charlotte) shared what's in store for citizens by changes that are expected.  Steve talks about the city's general fund, transportation, affordable living, and City workers pay during this WNCW interview.  This interview first aired June 19, 2019.

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

The Asheville Citizen Times recently published a story by Reporter/Journalist- Joel Burgess entitled 'A Decade After the Great Recession, Analysis Shows Asheville Spending Nearly Stagnant'.  Joel was the guest of this edition of More to the Story that first aired June 12, 2019. Ten years later - has Asheville transformed when looking at income and home costs?

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

Female sitting in front of board in on air studio at WNCW
Vicki Dameron

"We have arrived at a milestone: this is the first time we have brought in another producer to not only research the music we’re sharing here, but also to choose that music," said WNCW's Joe Kendrick.  "A big thank you goes out to our intern Lauren Wasmund, whom you will get to hear from in our conversation on "DJ For A Day. This latest batch of new songs includes well known artists like Anders Osborne and Willie Nelson, as well as newcomers like Middle Kids and Jade Bird.

The group, Partners Behavioral Health Management serves eight counties in North Carolina; Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Surry, and Yadkin.  Fixing to be added to their list is Rutherford County. Joining WNCW on this Friday Feature from June 14, 2019 was Partners CEO Rhett Melton, who covers this groups mission, offerings, and what's to come with the addition of a Rutherford office.

Live Wednesday, June 19th between 2 & 3pm: Horse Feathers

Jun 17, 2019
Alexandra Brennan

This indie-folk-rock band may be out of Portland, Oregon, and frontman Justin Ringle from Idaho, but they've got some Southern and specifically Asheville influences as well. Get to know them Wednesday afternoon when they visit on their way to their show at the Mothlight in West Asheville.

DJ smiling wearing headphones
Vicki Dameron

"It is with great sadness that we share the news of former WNCW Technical Director and Goin' Across The Mountain Host Dennis Jones' passing. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

~ David Kester - WNCW Director of Radio Operations

For more info please click on this headline, then click on this link:

Walter Dennis Jones Funeral Arrangements and Life Tribute Page

Bonnaroo 2019 is here! Are you going to the farm? We know lots of our WNCW friends and fans are going to Bonnaroo. Better get your tickets now if you have not done so already... they're going quick! Here's some basic info you need to know about camping and directions. Ticket info is at the bottom of this post.

Festivals dates are June 13-16 in Manchester, Tennessee.

Info from Bonnaroo folks at the fest:

The mandolinist for Balsam Range released a wonderful solo release this year called "Fret a Spell" (get it?), and he stops by for a visit with Jasmin Melton before Balsam Range plays the Cherry Bounce Festival in Forest City, NC  Friday night. Darren's own band, which draws from a variety of styles, plays Bearwaters Brewing in Canton, NC on Saturday, as well as the Folkmoot Center in Waynesville, NC on Sunday the 23rd.

DVD cover for documentary Guardian of our Troubled Waters
David Weintraub

On this segment of the Friday Feature Interview of the Week we're proud to share The Center for Cultural Preservation's new documentary on the river hereos of the South called "Guardians Of Our Troubled Waters."  Award Winning Documentary Film Director and Executive Director for the Center, David Weintraub, is our guest. He'll be discussing the new film and announcing when it will be debuting in cities across Western North Carolina.  SaveCulture.org  provides full information or... just go ahead and listen.  Originally broadcast on WNCW June 7, 2019.

Check out some albums that have recently risen to the top here at WNCW - We've also listed one of our favorite tunes on each disc. Click on the song title to hear a preview on iTunes. We hope you're enjoying these tunes as much as we are, and thanks for listening to grassroots radio on WNCW! Click on title and then click on the link on this page to see the fabulous new releases and tunes. New Releases Link

In early June this year, our Program Director Joe Kendrick attended the Cold Mountain Music Festival at the Lake Logan Conference Center in beautiful Canton, NC. He had the opportunity to chat a bit with J.S. Ondara about music and the meaning of Ondara's song “Master O’Connor.” They also talk about the importance of writing one's own music and why the Kenyan/American musician rarely plays covers.  Finally... you'll hear Ondara's observations on American culture.

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