Station News
11:55 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Monumental Disagreements: A Memorial Day special from BackStory

Proposed Mothers' Memorial by John Geddes, 1922-30
Credit image by: (Library of Congress).

What does the notion of national remembrance really mean? This is a country awash in monuments. They adorn traffic circles, street corners and, of course, the National Mall. We’ve memorialized everything from famous soldiers and statesmen, to big ideas or major events – and a lot in between. Yet our ambivalence towards these monuments is as old as our enthusiasm for them. Case in point: The Washington Monument. Ever wonder why there isn’t actually an image of Washington on it?

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Arts and Culture
4:56 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Another Low Power Radio Station On The Air

There are now three low power radio stations in Buncombe County, all licensed by the Federal Communications Commission.  WSFM, also known as Asheville FM, had been heard only over the internet but Monday (5/18) morning it joined WRES and WPVM broadcasting over the the air-waves.  The station transmitter tower sits atop the Hotel Indigo in downtown Asheville. David Hurand spoke with station board Vice President Greg Lyon.

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Station News
4:52 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Lunch with Steve Inskeep: Meet the Morning Edition co-host, reporter and author of "Jacksonland"

WCQS will host a luncheon with Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep June 1.
Credit Linda Fittante

You wake up to the voice of Morning Edition co-host  Steve Inskeep every day. Now you can have lunch with him too! Inskeep will be in Western North Carolina to promote his new book Jacksonland and has graciously agreed to spend some time with WCQS.

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8:27 am
Mon May 18, 2015

With This Many Buskers in Asheville, a Discordant Note Was Inevitable

Lawmakers in liberal Asheville, a city of 87,000 set amid a soul-stirring stretch of mountain scenery, insist that they do not want to kick anyone out — especially not their artists. But they are looking for a way to deal with the headaches that have come with the city’s emergence as both an increasingly upscale tourist destination and an upstart Southern street-music capital.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - It was a Tuesday evening in April, at an hour when most small American cities had gone quiet. But in this buzzy Blue Ridge Mountain town, there was music all over the streets. There was the moody alt-rock guitar strummer in front of the organic clothing boutique.
Arts and Culture
1:44 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

Jeff Daniels and The Ben Daniels Band at DWT

Actor Jeff Daniels has starred in many notable films, including Terms of Endearment, Good Night and Good Luck, Ragtime, Radio Days, and Dumb and Dumber.  Most recently he was seen on HBO,  starring as cable news anchor Will McAvoy in The Newsroom.   Monday (5/18) night at 8 musician Jeff Daniels performs  with the Ben Daniels Band at Diana Wortham Theater in Asheville.  Daniels has been playing guitar and writing songs nearly as long as he has performed on stage, in film, and on television.  He spoke with David Hurand.

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Arts and Culture
3:16 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss
Credit Asheville Citizen-Times

Downtown After 5 gets underway this afternoon (5/15/15).   The headliner is CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band.  Chenier is the son of the King of Zydeco Clifton Chenier.  Opening Downtown after % is the Bayou Diesel band. On stage at Flat Rock Playhouse is Always...Patsy Cline. NC Stage Company presents Parallel Lives, Brevard Little Theater performs Moon Over Buffalo, and Asheville Community Theater presents Letters and Notes Found on the Windshield at the Piggly Wiggly Parking Lot.

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8:15 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Duke Energy Pleads Guilty, Agrees to $102 Million Fine

In a Greenville federal courthouse Thursday, Duke Energy pleaded guilty to nine misdemeanor counts of criminal negligence for violating the Clean Water Act. As part of the negotiated settlement, Duke Energy will pay a $68 million criminal fine and $34 million on environmental and conservation projects. The company will also be placed on probation for five years.
In the fall of 2013, some Duke Energy middle managers had a choice to make. Follow the recommendation of an inspector and spend $5,000 on a video camera inspection of a stormwater pipe underneath its Dan River coal ash basin. Or don't.
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Arts and Culture
3:49 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Friday @2: Bill Bares

  Listen  at 2 for another live performance from our studios. On this program, WCQS will host jazz pianist Bill Bares and bassist Zack Page.

Bill teaches Jazz at UNC-Asheville, curates the Isis Sunday Evening Jazz Showcase, performs with multiple ensembles, and is in the process of recording an album under the name "Asheville Art Trio."

Zack Page plays bass with multiple ensembles in the Asheville area as well, including One Leg Up  and Hard Bop Explosion.

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7:42 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Former UNC Coach, Assistant Bill Guthridge Dies at 77

Bill Guthridge was 80-28 as head coach at North Carolina from 1997 to 2000 and went to two Final Fours.
Dave Martin/Associated Press

Bill Guthridge, the longtime assistant to Dean Smith who succeeded him as North Carolina's head coach, has died. He was 77.

The school announced Wednesday that Guthridge died Tuesday night. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Guthridge spent three decades as an assistant to Smith, helping him bring national championships to Chapel Hill in 1982 and 1993.

When Smith retired as Division I's winningest men's coach shortly before the 1997-98 season, Guthridge was promoted to replace him, and he guided the Tar Heels to two Final Fours in three seasons.

6:14 am
Thu May 14, 2015

10 People Seeking Action on NC Minimum Wage Arrested

Chris Seward/News & Observer of Raleigh

Another 10 people opposed to Republican state government policies have been arrested at the North Carolina Legislative Building.

The demonstrators were led away Wednesday in plastic handcuffs by legislative police. General Assembly Police Chief Jeff Weaver says those arrested would be charged with second-degree trespassing. The protesters remained in the building after its posted 5 p.m. closing time.

The demonstrators are associated with the "Moral Monday" movement that's been holding regular rallies against GOP actions since 2013, leading to 1,000 arrests.

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