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This Friday Feature Interview of the Week put the spotlight on Sunrise Community for Recovery and Wellness, located in Asheville.  Interviewed from the non-profit group were Executive Director- Sue Polston and Operations Director- Jacqui Derreberry.  Sunrise offers treatment that includes peer support, spirituality, and recovery to those in need.  Hear about their past and where they are today.  This segment originally aired on January 15, 2021.

Smoky Mountain News Politics Editor - Cory Vaillincourt joined WNCW on this edition of More To The Story.  As Trump was handing out pardons, Cory V took us back in time to share the story of a pardon granted to a moonshiner in the Western North Carolina mountains by President Ronald Reagan.  Other topics included the riots in the nations capitol and Cory's plans to be in D.C. prior to the inauguration festivities of new U.S. President Joe Biden.  This segment originally aired January 13, 2021.

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For those who adhere to the old adage that “If you're the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room,” you would likely feel comfortable being in the company of Dom Flemons. Now living in Chicago, he has called many places home, from his native Arizona to North Carolina to Washington, D.C., and has covered even more musical territory, mastering the banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, percussion, quills, and bones in many styles along the way.

Dom Flemons performs at WNCW’s Outback Opry drive-in concert September 2020
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After a brief pause over the holidays, it is time to jump into the new year with a strong lineup of guest artists here at Southern Songs and Stories. On deck is Dom Flemons who has a new song with Reverend Peyton featured in his episode, as well as Amythyst Kiah who is soon to raise her profile with her album Wary + Strange, scheduled for release this June. Also in our pipeline are Ben Nichols of the band Lucero, and a relatively new artist, Pony Bradshaw, both of whom have new albums which we will explore as we speak with them in their podcasts.

The focus of this Friday Feature Interview of the Week was on The Charlotte Folk Society.  Interviewed was Board Member Mary Shumway, who went over the history of the long-running group - plus how they made adjustments in operating during the pandemic and outdoor events scheduled for later this year.  The interview first aired on January 8, 2021.

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

Casey Blake with the Asheville Citizen Times took part in this edition of More to the Story going over several of the publications recent stories into 2021.  Discussions included reviewing crime statistics for Asheville from 2020 including violent crimes, on-going burdens facing Western North Carolina hospital's due to the Coronavirus, and local unhappy restaurant owners dealing with Covid restrictions.  This edition first aired January 6, 2021.