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.

Tim Warner of Asheville is a consulting engineer.  Many of his clients are area radio stations.  Over the years Tim  has helped stations better serve their communities.  We learned today that Tim is also a long time Weekend Edition Sunday Puzzle player.  This morning  he was the featured contestant, and he aced the puzzle without any help from host Rachel Martin or Puzzle Master Will Shortz. 

Mountain Xpress readers voted WCQS / Western North Carolina Public Radio "Best Local Radio Station" in the Best of WNC 2015 Awards!

Western North Carolina has some mighty good community radio stations and local commercial stations, so that makes this vote even more meaningful to us. We are delighted and honored. Our thanks to everyone who cast a vote for WCQS.

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On the next Friday @2, we are joined in our studios by pianist Andrew Tyson. Andrew is a native of North Carolina, and studied at Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School. He has since received an Avery Fischer Career Grant, and performed with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe.

Andrew will perform Friday evening for the Haywood County Arts Council as part of their Young Artist Series, but on the next Friday @2, he’ll join Dick Kowal to play and discuss music live in our studios.

That’s pianist Andrew Tyson on the next Friday @2.

Garrison Keillor and members of the Prairie Home Companion gang will make a stop in Brevard this Saturday night as part of their America the Beautiful Tour. This performance will likely be Keillor's last performance in Western North Carolina before he retires next year. The sold out show, at Brevard Music Center, starts at 7:30. If you are attending the show, be sure to stop by the WCQS booth, on the patio at the entrance to the Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium.

Buncombe County Agriculture Extension Service Agent Alison Arnold is a frequent commentator on WCQS.  With September on the horizon Alison offeres some late summer season gardening tips.  She spoke with David Hurand.

Carolina Public Press investigative reporter Jon Elliston filed a Freedom of Information request that lead to the release of information on Black Mountain College gathered by the F.B.I.  He spoke with David Hurand.

Asheville native Miranda Richmond Mouillot is the author of A Fifty Year Silence:  Love, War, and a Ruined House in France.  The book is the compelling story of her search for the truth about how her grandparents, Anna and Armand, survived the holocaust and World War II but lost their marriage.  Miranda Richmond Mouillot will read from and sign copies of her book at Malaprops Book Store in downtown Asheville Sunday (8/9) at 5.  She spoke with David Hurand.

This year's music recording interns at the  Brevard Music Festival , who hail from Peabody Conservatory, Oberlin and Appalachian State , sporting their WCQS t-shirts. They toured our studios and hung out with Music Director and Recording Engineer Dick Kowal.