A new analysis conducted by an economist out of Portland, Oregon and published by the Civitas Institute, a Raleigh-based conservative think tank, finds that federal spending often triggers more spending by state governments.  The findings were highlighted in an editorial published in the News & Observer of Raleigh.  Eric Fruits, the study's l

True to its spirit of music discovery, NPR Music is kicking off the New Year with an invite to unsigned artists of all genres to participate in the 2016 Tiny Desk Contest: Show them why you should perform in NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert series. The winner will secure a spot at the iconic performance space and a U.S. tour with NPR Music.

Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

A Swannanoa Solstice returns to Diana Wortham Theater Saturday night (12/20).  Al Petteway, Amy White and Robin Bullock present seasonal Celtic , Scots-Irish, and Appalachian music, poetry, and story telling. Grammy Award winner David Holt and many other  fine performers will take the stage for two shows, a 2:00 pm performance and an evening performance at 7 pm. The founder of the Swannanoa Gathering and President Emeritus of Warren Wilson College,  Doug Orr is your host.

The big movie of the weekend is  Star Wars: The Force Awakens.   

Great Books of 2015

Dec 17, 2015
The Indie Bob Spot

The holiday season is critical to the success of  book stories around the country.  While those who claim to be "real readers" declare they buy books all year long, its no surprise that December is the busiest month of the year for independent book stores. Linda Marie Barrett is General Manager with Malaprops Book Store in Asheville.  She spoke with David Hurand about some of her stores' most popular books of 2015.


The Federal Reserve decision to raise short term interest rates may have an effect on the housing market in Western North Carolina.  Yesterdays' decision to raise rates is the first increase since the financial crisis of 2008.   Chris Bell is Chair  of the Economics Department at the University of North Carolina Asheville. He spoke  with David Hurand about the Fed announcement.

The Chair of the Western Carolina University Faculty Senate says its likely grant money from the Charles  Koch Foundation is a done deal but that the University needs to revisit its guidelines for pursuing foundation grant money.  Dr. David McCord is a Professor of Psychology at Western.  He spoke with David Hurand.

Usually the swearing in of a mayor gets little notice.  Not so with Franklin mayor Bob Scott, who was sworn in for his second term, an event that’s gotten a lot of attention. 

Bob Scott: “And I never in my wildest dreams would have thought that would have happened.  I mean it’s apparently gone all over the United States for some reason.”

Scott speaks with WCQS's Jeremy Loeb about politics and religion.  You can hear the full interview by clicking the audio above. 

Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Tony Kiss says there's plenty of great things happening this weekend, even if don't have a ticket to the  Christmas Jam.  The annual benefit concert (12/12), which is a major fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity  is made possible because of the generosity of Rock n Roll guitarist Warren Haynes.  The concert has been sold out since late October.  Tonight (12/11) you may celebrate what would have been Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday with the Ashevill

Legislative Wrap: Sen. Jim Davis

Dec 9, 2015
Jeremy Loeb/WCQS

WCQS has been conducting a series of interviews with area lawmakers home from Raleigh after the recently completed legislative session.  Our eighth interview is with republican Senator Jim Davis.  His District 50 spans seven counties in western North Carolina: Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Macon, Haywood, Jackson, and Swain counties. You can find the full conversation with Senator Davis above.  Some highlights are below.

Thanks to everyone who has already contributed to our year-end giving campaign! Our 1-Day pledge drive and year-end giving kickoff on December 8 was a wonderful success. We are happy to report that listeners from throughout the region rallied their support for WCQS to meet $10,000 HomeTrust Challenge for Homeward Bound.