Last fall WCQS tried a new approach to fundraising - raise the goal without interruption to programming. The response was overwhelmingly positive! You helped us eliminate the traditional On-Air Membership Drive by responding to brief reminders during regularly scheduled breaks. Now it's time to turn the page on 30 years of interruptive fundraisers forever and prove that last fall wasn't a fluke. Let's work together to make this the new, smart-model for fundraising. 

UNC System President Spellings Tours WCU

Mar 11, 2016
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New UNC system president Margaret Spellings is visiting campuses across the state.  She arrived Thursday in Cullowhee for a tour of Western Carolina University's campus.  WCQS reporter Davin Eldridge is covering her visit.  

Today President Spellings, along with WCU Chancellor David Belcher met the media and urged voters to support the $2 billion NC CONNECT BOND referendum.  

Listen Tuesday, March 15 at 8 pm for special live coverage of the Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio primaries anchored by NPR's Ari Shapiro and Rachel Martin.

Coverage on WCQS will also include live updates on the NC Bond Issue, Buncombe County Commission Races and more.

That's this Tuesday at 8 pm on WCQS.

The 'Fifth Beatle' legendary record producer George Martin died March 8, 2016 at the age of 90. This weekend we'll remember him with a special appreciation from PRX. Radio Producer Paul Ingles mines his many documentaries on Beatles albums for a few stories that show off producer George Martin’s contributions to Beatles records.

Carolina Public Press

The Tuesday North Carolina Primary will determine who will challenge incumbent Democratic State Representative Joe Sam Queen in House District 119 and political newcomer Democrat Randy Hogsed of Andrews in House District 120 . Holly Kays is a reporter with the Smoky Mt. News. She spoke with David Hurand.

Listen at 1:06 when Daniel Meyer, music director and conductor of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, joins Dick Kowal to discuss the symphony's upcoming concert.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Mar 11, 2016
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Conductor Daniel Meyer welcomes guest pianist Shen Lu Saturday night at 8 in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium (3/12).  Tony Kiss says the ASO will perform selections from Romeo and Juliet composed by Hector Berlioz.  Tony is also excited about spring and the coming of St.

Spring is in the Air! Start Gardening!?

Mar 10, 2016

It may be a bit early, but the recent warm weather has gardeners in a sweat.  Agricultural Extension Agent Alison  Arnold speaks with David Hurand about getting started.

Early voting is underway for North Carolina's March 15 primary.  One of the biggest decisions before voters has nothing to do with the presidential contest.  They'll be asked to approve or reject a $2 billion bond measure that would fund higher education infrastructure projects, parks, water and sewer systems, and the National Guard.  Lawmakers including Governor Pat McCrory have argued the Connect NC Bond will not require a tax increase and makes critical investments in the state.  But not everyone is on board. 

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Listen Tuesday morning at 10 and again Thursday evening at 8 for a broadcast concert by the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. We'll hear the ASO's February 13th concert, which was presented before a sold-out  audience in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

The concert features Mendelssohn's "The Hebrides" Overture and Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings by Richard Strauss, a very late work of his, dating from 1945. Bella Hristova gives a spellbinding performance of Beethoven's only violin concerto in the second half of the program.