Station News

Our colleagues at Carolina Public Press will be in several cities across Western North Carolina in the coming days and weeks, and we hope to join them to listen to the issues and concerns of our listeners.

Here are some links to the schedule of News Meet Ups. Please join us. 

Graham County, Tuesday, November 10:

Swain County, Tuesday, November 11:

WCQS has a witches' brew of music today. Chip Kaufmann will speckle each hour of classical music  with tunes tailor made for Halloween. Highlights include:

  • "Toccata & Fugue" - Bach
  • "Danse Macabre" - Saint Saens
  • "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" - Dukas
  • "Mephisto Waltz" - Liszt
  • "The Noonday Witch" - Dvorak
  • "Hansel & Gretel" - Humperdinck
  • "Psycho" - original theme written and conducted by Benard Herrmann

Get your spook on with WCQS!

The Hop Ice Cream Cafe on Merrimon Avenue in Asheville will host a family friendly fundraiser for WCQS tonight from 6 to 9. 50% of proceeds from the sale of ice cream will benefit the programs you love on WCQS. The evening will also feature a concert with renowned master dulcimer player and host of Close to Home, Don Pedi.

The Moth Radio Hour can be heard on WCQS, Sunday nights at 6, beginning October 4th. The Moth Radio Hour features the most beloved tales and the stories behind the stories from The Moth main stage and StorySLAM events. WCQS previously broadcast The Moth Radio Hour as a limited run series over the years, and is delighted to be able to add the program as a part of the weekly line up.

You did it! No Drive. No interruptions. Just the programming you love in its entirety. Our campaign to meet our fall fundraising goal without interrupting programs worked! Contributing listeners raised $150,000 two days before our deadline!

We thought it was a great idea, and we're glad that you did too! If you haven't had a chance to make your gift or renew your support this fall, it's not too late. Your support today becomes the programs you hear tomorrow.

No Drive. No interruptions. Our campaign to meet our fall fundraising goal without interrupting programs is working! We have less than $30,000 to go to reach the goal.  $150,000 by September 10th means no Fall Fund Drive! No interruptions. Just the programs you love in their entirety.

WCQS will restore service to Highlands area listeners at a new location - 103.3 FM. Broadcast service at 101.7 was reduced to just downtown Highlands after being bumped by another station earlier this month. The other station, located in South Carolina, was granted a full power transmitter at the same frequency. Because the WCQS signal at 101.7 FM is a low-power translator, WCQS filed for a new frequency with the FCC and it has been granted.

With more than 100,000 people tuning to WCQS each week, we know how much our listeners value the station's contribution to the communities of Western North Carolina. Serving the twelve western most counties in the region, WCQS is a special place and a trusted source for music, news, the arts, ideas, and information.

On Saturday, August 29th, arts organizations and businesses in the Broadway Arts District (B.A.D.), Asheville's newest downtown cultural hub, will be hosting a free block party featuring exhibitions, installations, performances, hands-on activities, food trucks, and more.

WCQS invites listeners to tour the studios and be a part of a special recording project. We want to record visitors' interest in and the experience of art and we'd like to hear why WCQS matters to you.

We've decided to try something new. We think we can raise the funds necessary to support the station without interrupting the programs you love. Traditionally, WCQS interrupts programming to fundraise every Spring and Fall. Our Fall Drive is slated for September 10 - 17, but we're prepared to cancel it if listeners can raise $150,000 by September 10th.