David Hurand

News Director

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.

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UNC Asheville Archives

A rare collection of photographs taken by Asheville native, the late Isaiah Rice, are being digitized by the University of North Carolina Asheville.  Rice began taking photographs upon his return to Western North Carolina following his service in the U.S. military during World War II.  David Hurand has our story about a man who documented a period marked by segregation and the end of segregation in Asheville.

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This week Warren Wilson College is the catalyst for a community arts event 3/31-4/3).  Exhibitions, panel discussions,  and much more will examine the intersection of photography and craft at multiple venues, including the campus, downtown Asheville, and the River Arts District.  David Hurand spoke with Warren Wilson College Professor of Photography and Project Director Eric Baden about the first of its kind event, Photo+Craft.

Bill Sanders/Asheville Citizen-Times

 The approaching end of the traditional school year will also see a respected and honored Asheville  Elementary school principal leaving his position for a job with North Carolina Outward Bound.  Principal Gordon Grant spoke with David  Hurand.



Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

For nearly thirty years Asheville Citizen Times  reporter  Tony Kiss has stopped by WCQS to chat with David Hurand about some of what's happening in Western North Carolina.  This week's conversation marks the final broadcast of their quirky on-air partnership.  High on Tony's list this week  a new film starring Sally Field, Hello, My Name is Doris and Batman vs Superman Dawn of Justice, starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane.

Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Tony reports there's lots of great music to consider.  High on his list, The Moody Blue.  The band will  visit Harrah's Cherokee Event Center Saturday (3/19) night. John Lodge, Justin Hayward, and Graeme Edge have been recording and performing since the early 1960s.  In 1967 the band released the LP Days of Future Time Passed.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were the big winners in North Carolina's primary election.  For statewide races, the election was notable for having few, if any surprises, as established candidates won up and down the ticket.  Voters also approved by a wide margin a $2 billion bond measure that largely funds higher education infrastructure projects.  WCQS's Jeremy Loeb was joined Wednesday morning by WCQS news director David Hurand and Ashvegas founder Jason Sandford to parse the results.

David Hurand

A standing room only crowd  of over 700 was on hand at the old Boys Gym at Asheville High School to hear President Bill Clinton urge them to support his wife and former first lady Hillary Clinton for President.  Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer and State House member Susan Fisher opened the evening with speeches aimed at firing up the crowd of  enthusiastic Democrats.  State Senator Terry Van Duyn introduced the featured speaker.  Clinton spoke for nearly an hour and never mentioned his wife's opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders, nor did he name any of the Republican candidates running for Pre

UNC System President Spellings Tours WCU

Mar 11, 2016
Davin Eldridge/WCQS

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.  

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.

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.