WCQS Events & Activities

The wildly popular Asheville Moth StorySLAM is slated to continue for the foreseeable future.  The StorySLAM is a monthly competition, where the stage is open to any and all with a story to tell on the evening's theme. Themes for the rest of 2016 are listed further below in this article.

The 5th annual Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle is in high gear! Support the programming love and win big! $116 could put you in a 2016 Audi A3 or Audi Q5 from Audi Asheville. Your choice! Purchase your lucky ticket by July 20th and you could also win our Early Bird prize - a Blue Ridge Getaway from the Sourwood Inn and Curtis Wright Outfitters!

We all knew the day was coming, now it's almost here! After 42 years as host and creative force behind A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor will hang up his red shoes July 2nd. We know you'll want to tune your radio and listen during your Independence Day weekend celebrations.

If you'd like to take the celebration up a notch, you can host your own Listening Party. Our friends at A Prairie Home Companion have assembled a Listening Party Starter Kit, complete with:

WCQS will add three new programs to the Sunday afternoon line-up: Fresh Air Weekend, The New Yorker Radio Hour and Reveal. The three-hour block of programming will air from 2 to 5 p.m. beginning June 12.

Fresh Air Weekend collects the best cultural segments from the week’s programs and crafts them together for great weekend listening. Award-winning journalist Terry Gross hosts the show, which will air air Sundays from 2 to 3 p.m.

WCQS will host an opening reception for the paintings of Jackson County Artist, Laura John on June 3rd from 5 - 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. This is also the evening of the Downtown Asheville Arts District First Friday Art Walk. 

WCQS General Manager, David Feingold, is delighted to have the station participate in the vibrant art scene, "Western North Carolina is a rich cultural and artistic tapestry and we hope to showcase parts of that fabric with a rotation of exhibits of artists from throughout the region." 

NPR’s very popular news program, Morning Edition, heard daily on WCQS, is inviting listeners to create their own versions of the program's longtime, iconic theme music composed by Asheville’s BJ Leiderman. Regular Morning Edition listeners have heard the familiar theme every weekday morning since the show's first broadcast in 1979.

WCQS had a big day in Hendersonville on April 5. The day began with a meeting of the WCQS Community Forum and was capped off that evening with a reception for longtime donors and business supporters.

The Community Forum was held at St. James Episcopal Church. The meeting was well attended. Among the topics discussed was the possibility of a joint project with Carolina Public Press to cover the issues of health care in Western North Carolina.

Classical Music host Josh Jourdan took a leave of absence from WCQS last year to serve active duty with the US Navy. Josh is a Petty Officer 2nd Class. He is currently working in military intelligence overseas. 

We recently heard from Josh when he had a rare couple of hours to himself. He said he's extremely busy but that he misses everyone terribly. When we asked if we could provide an update to listeners, he said, "Sure. Please tell them I'm tired but fine, and I'll be back as soon as I can and look forward to reconnecting with them." 

Last fall WCQS tried a new approach to fundraising - raise the goal without interruption to programming. The response was overwhelmingly positive! You helped us eliminate the traditional On-Air Membership Drive by responding to brief reminders during regularly scheduled breaks. Now it's time to turn the page on 30 years of interruptive fundraisers forever and prove that last fall wasn't a fluke. Let's work together to make this the new, smart-model for fundraising. 

Jason Beaubien

Last November NPR staffers rescued a chicken outside the network's Washington, D.C. headquarters from a busy city street. Adam Cole, who runs NPR’s Skunk Bear YouTube channel and Tumblr, first spotted the chicken. Apparently, after resolving to pluck the chicken from danger, a chase ensued and some minutes later Cole emerged with grass stains on his knees and chicken in hand (although not before said chicken managed to cross the road, begging the proverbial question . . . ).

The monthly Moth StorySLAM at The Mothlight at Mr. Fred's is a huge hit! StorySLAMs are monthly competitions, where the stage is open to any and all with a story to tell on the evening's theme.

Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience.

Time is running out to make year-end tax deductible gift for 2015. Your support today makes everything you hear tomorrow possible.

On December 18, 2015, Congress passed legislation that reinstates the Charitable IRA Rollover and makes the IRA rollover permanent and retroactive to December 31, 2014. This allows people to make tax-free distributions from Traditional or Roth Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA) to qualified non-profit organizations, such as WCQS - Western North Carolina Public Radio. 

Thanks to everyone who has already contributed to our year-end giving campaign! Our 1-Day pledge drive and year-end giving kickoff on December 8 was a wonderful success. We are happy to report that listeners from throughout the region rallied their support for WCQS to meet $10,000 HomeTrust Challenge for Homeward Bound.

Today is our 1-day membership drive to kick-off year-end giving. To celebrate the drive, the strength of our community and this season of giving, every gift made between 7 a.m. - Noon will be matched by HomeTrust Bank for Homeward Bound, up to $10,000. 

$10,000 for WCQS by noon means $10,000 for Homeward Bound’s AHOPE Center.

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