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11:06 am
Wed July 31, 2013

It's Over: Boyle and Bele Chere

The 35th and final Bele Chere street festival has come and gone.  The City of Asheville has decided it can no longer afford to fund the event.  Asheville Citizen Times reporter and columnist John Boyle spoke  with David Hurand about the end of what has been billed as the largest free street festival in the southeast.

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Station News
2:33 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Listening Party

Join the "Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me!" Listening Party Saturday morning, August 3rd at the Orange Peel.
Credit 2004 NPR Photo by Tony Nagelmann

Join us at 10:30 a.m. on August 3 at The Orange Peel to celebrate one of our most popular shows! WCQS listeners have been buzzing about Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! since we announced the show’s August 1 live performance in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. The show sold out in just over a day and will once again bring national attention to our neck of the woods when it broadcasts over NPR stations on August 3. WCQS and The Orange Peel want you to be part of the excitement!

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Arts and Culture
2:15 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

The End of Bele Chere: Festival Supervisor talks with Greta Johnsen

WCQS reporter, Greta Johnsen talks with festival supervisor, Sandra Travis, about the 35th and final Bele Chere.

This weekend marks the 35th—and final—Bele Chere festival in Asheville.

Sandra Travis, festival program supervisor for the city of Asheville, says it’s hard to picture, but downtown Asheville was essentially deserted when the city had its first Bele Chere in 1979. “It started out really small. It was a way to revitalize downtown Asheville,” she said.

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Arts and Culture
9:53 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

It's the weekend, so it's time for Tony Kiss and David Hurand to take a look at what's hot in the entertainment scene.
Credit Asheville Citizen-Times

Bele Chere weekend has arrived.  Tony Kiss takes a look at the weekend entertainment scene including the music line-up for the festival, Folkmoot, lots of theater, and a couple of new movies.

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Environment
1:10 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Rain, Rain, Rain.....Wet Gardening

The wet summer has our gardening expert Alison Arnold worried about one of her favorite vegetables. On the other hand Alison says the rain has been a blessing for some berries and a variety of road side attractions. She spoke with David Hurand.

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Minorities
9:44 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Bears Move to Texas

Eleven bears are getting acclimated to their new home in Texas.  The bears were moved from their home in Cherokee to the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary following a 450-thousand dollar donation from an anonymous donor.  David Hurand spoke with the Legal Counsel for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals which has been

working to improve living conditions for  the bears for several years.

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Station News
8:58 am
Wed July 24, 2013

WCQS Hosts Community Meeting in Brevard July 30th

WCQS is hosting a community meeting July 30th at 6:30 at the Transylvania County Library. President and CEO, Jody Evans, will take questions and comments and discuss plans for the station and its Brevard frequency.

Western North Carolina Public Radio, WCQS, will host a community meeting July 30th at 6:30 pm in the Transylvania County Library. WCQS President and CEO, Jody Evans, wants to hear from residents in Transylvania County about how the station is doing and how it can reflect the concerns and issues facing residents in Transylvania County. Evans will talk about what’s going on at the station and share news about WCQS’s radio signal in Brevard.

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Arts and Culture
8:35 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss Asheville Citizen Times
Credit Asheville Citizen-Times

Tony Kiss takes a look at the Arts and Culture Scene in Western North Carolina.  High on his list, Folkmoot USA, The Guild Craft Fare, Downtown After 5,  lots of unique theater and movies.....

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Food and Drink
5:37 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Tailgate Market Report

There’s no shortage of opportunities to savor the mater this month!

WCQS partners with ASAP -- the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project -- for tailgate market updates, heard Thursdays and Fridays during Morning Edition (5am - 9am). 

With recent unseasonable temperatures reminding us that fall is officially only one month away, now is the time to savor the flavors of summer still available at area farmers tailgate markets.

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Politics
6:10 am
Thu July 18, 2013

District Elections Maybe in Asheville's Future

A significant change maybe in store for Asheville voters.   David Hurand spoke with Mt. Xpress reporter Jake Frankel about a bill being considered by state lawmakers in Raleigh that would impose district elections for seats on Asheville City Council. 

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