WCQS News Director David Hurand joined WCQS in June 1986.
David grew up in the Vehicle City, Flint Michigan. The fourth of six children, he attended Flint Central High School. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
David left Michigan for Tahoe City, California. After a couple of years on Lake Tahoe he left the beautiful Sierra Mountains for San Francisco, where he got his start in radio as a volunteer with San Francisco State University. As a kid David had always dreamed of broadcasting NHL hockey games, pro-basketball games, or Major League Baseball, but his first on-air job was another passion, hosting a jazz program. He met his wife Martha in San Francisco and following the birth of the first of their three sons, the family moved to Lansing, Michigan where Martha attended graduate school.
David was a reporter with public radio station WKAR in East Lansing where he covered state government, the auto industry, city and county governments, and Michigan State University. He left public radio for commercial radio news where he anchored newscasts and continued his work as a street reporter. He left commercial radio to join his former News Director at TV Station WILX Channel 10 News where he worked as a street reporter. After five years in Lansing he and his wife moved to Asheville.
When David arrived in Western North Carolina he was surprised to learn there wasn’t an NPR affiliated Public Radio station in the region. David worked a variety of jobs in Asheville, including a year with Circuit City, as a commission sales representative, and with a commercial radio station in the sales department.
When David learned the University of North Carolina Asheville campus radio station was to become a community licensee and was interested in adding NPR programming he jumped at the opportunity to join the up and coming public radio station.