August 6th, 1945 the United States exploded an atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan.  Three days later a second bomb exploded over Nagasaki.  Much of the work that led to the building of the bomb was done at Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  Oak Ridge is 18 miles west of Knoxville and less than a two and half hour drive from Asheville.  To mark the dawning of the threat of nuclear weapons, the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance will lead a name and remembrance ceremony at the gates of the weapons plant. 

The winner of the 4th Annual WCQS Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle is Mark Medlin of Weaverville! Mark will choose between a new Audi A3, VW TDI Golf SportWagen or VW Convertible Bug from Harmony Motors

Thanks to everyone who entered the 4th Annual Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle! Proceeds from the raffle support the programming you value. You are all winners to us.   

Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The 43rd annual Biltmore Village Art and Crafts Fair takes place through Sunday August 2nd.  The creative work of 114 artists from 17 states will be on display on the grounds of the historic All Souls Cathedral in Biltmore Village.  LEAF Downtown takes place Saturday and Sunday (August 1-2). The festival  gets underway with a 5K run starting at the Vance Monument in the heart of downtown Asheville at 9 am August 1 and the music to follow is top notch.

WCQS recently learned that its signal to the Highlands area at 101.7 FM will soon be bumped by another station. The other station, located in South Carolina, was granted a Transmitter at the same frequency. Because our frequency at 101.7 is only a translator, WCQS listeners in the Highlands area will experience a signal loss effective this Sunday morning.

Friday @2: Amici Music

Jul 29, 2015

Listen Friday at 2 for another live broadcast from our studios.  Our friends from Amici Music will give us a preview of their concerts happening in Western North Carolina over the next few days.

Violinist Rachel Patrick, clarinetist Matthew Boyles, and pianist Daniel Weiser will join Dick Kowal in the studio to perform live and discuss their program.

North Carolina Transportation Secretary Tony Tata has resigned.

Gov. Pat McCrory issued a news release Tuesday announcing the resignation, saying the departure was prompted so Tata could "focus on personal and family matters in addition to pursuing his passion as an author."

Mountain XPress

After serving on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners for twenty years,  David Gantt recently announced he won’t seek re-election in 2016. Gantt says he made his intentions known early to give other potential candidates time to consider a run for  political office.  Gantt, who is serving his second term as Chairman, says he will spend more time with his family, practicing law, and make time for travel.  He spoke with David Hurand.


The chairman of the North Carolina Republican party has posted Twitter photos juxtaposing images of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the Ku Klux Klan.

Hasan Harnett posted the images on the social media site Thursday. One shows Klansmen surrounding a burning cross; the caption says the KKK was created as the militant wing of the Democratic Party. The second photo shows Clinton winking.

The craft beer industry in Western North Carolina has enjoyed remarkable growth over the past twenty years.  And with growth has come greater scrutiny of the industry by law enforcement.  The founder of the blog ASHEVEGAS, Jason Sandford, spoke  with David Hurand about a recent meeting between state and local officials and representatives from regional breweries. 

If you're a fan of RadioLab or Invisibilia you may want to check out Cast Party Tuesday night at a theatre near you.