Michelle Keenan

Membership Director

Michelle Keenan is the Director of Membership at WCQS. She began volunteering for the station in 1996 and has been a full-time staff member since 1998.

The daughter of a pilot, Michelle grew up in many places but chose Western North Carolina as her home more than 20 years ago. Michelle has a BA in History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Shortly after college Michelle realized what she really wanted to be when she grew up was a philanthropist. Sans silver spoon, she channeled that energy into raising money and a fundraiser was born. Michelle believes deeply in public broadcasting and is proud to be a member of the WCQS family.

Michelle enjoys many creative outlets, traveling and spending time with two and four legged family members and good friends.

Ways to Connect

The comedy troupe that puts the mock in democracy is heading to Asheville. The Capitol Steps will be at the Diana Wortham Theatre for three shows - October 28th and 29th. No matter who you're pulling for, there’s plenty of fodder this election cycle and the show promises to tickle the funny bone.

Keith Woods, NPR Vice President for Diversity in News and Operations, who leads the development of National Public Radio’s vision and strategy for diversity, and writes regularly on race and the media, will give a free public talk on Dog Whistles, Diversity and Election 2016 at 7 p.m. in UNC Asheville's Humanities Lecture Hall on Thursday, October 6. This event is presented in partnership by UNC Asheville's Center for Diversity Education, the university's Department of Mass Communication, and WCQS.

On the Walls at WCQS: A selection of the Isaiah Rice Photograph Collection, titled "The Way We Were," will be on display at WCQS, starting October 7, 2016. The photos depict Asheville's African-American community from the 1950's to the 1970s. WCQS will host an an opening reception at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 7. The photos will be on display through November at WCQS, located at 73 Broadway. Visitors are welcome Monday through Friday, 9 to 5, except holidays. 

You did it! WCQS listeners raised $200,000 for the Fall Membership Drive by September 21st for uninterrupted programming. It was a terrific show of community support, and every pledge to WCQS was matched by generous sponsors to benefit health, education and income partner programs of the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County.

WCQS is only as vibrant and vital as the community we serve. That's why we are proud to partner with United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County this fall. The WCQS Membership Drive is on! Every gift pledged to WCQS by September 21st will be matched by a pool of generous sponsors to benefit the work of United Way.

Mountain Xpress

It's been an exciting week at WCQS, and the jewel in the crown was being named the #1 Local Radio Station (non-commercial)  in the Mtn X Best of WNC 2016. Thanks to the readers of Mountain Xpress for selecting WCQS, for the second year in a row! We are honored to serve the people of Western North Carolina. You will hear our thanks every day.

Congratulations to Eve Layman of Asheville! Eve is the winner of the 5th Annual Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle!  Our Grand Prize winner had the choice of either a 2016 Audi A3 or Q5. Eve selected the A3 and she's over the moon with her good fortune.

Our Grand Prize winner was selected at random and announced on air August 17, 2016. Our thanks to last year's winner, Mark Medlin, Audi Asheville manager, Charlie Shieren, WCQS General Manager, David Feingold and WCQS reporter, Helen Chickering for doing the honors.

Thanks to everyone who entered the Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle. The raffle is now closed. We will announce the winner during the 5 o'clock hour of All Things Considered on August 17th.

WCQS General Manager, David Feingold, Audi Asheville Manager, Charlie Schieren, and last year's Grand Prize Winner, Mark Medlin will select the winner at random. Stay tuned for the drum roll!

The Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle is in high gear and we have an Early Bird Prize-winner!

The winner of the mountain getaway and adventure from the Sourwood Inn and Curtis Wright Outfitters is Tricia Franck of Weaverille! Tricia is still in the running for the Grand Prize - the winner's choice of an Audi A3 or Audi Q5 from Audi Asheville!


The 5th annual Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle is in high gear! Support the programming love and win the car of your choice! $116 could put you in a 2016 Audi A3 or Audi Q5 from Audi Asheville.  Only 999 tickets will be sold, so don't wait - be a winner today and ENTER NOW!

Stay tuned to WCQS for live coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions from NPR News and PBS NewsHour. The RNC is July 18 - 21, with coverage beginning each night at 8. The DNC is July 25 - 28, with coverage starting at 8 each night.

For the first time ever, NPR News and PBS NewsHour are teaming up to offer Special Coverage of the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions in collaboration, featuring one team of journalists and one broadcast. This approach is a first for public media.

The wildly popular Asheville Moth StorySLAM is slated to continue for the foreseeable future.  The StorySLAM is a monthly competition, where the stage is open to any and all with a story to tell on the evening's theme. Themes for the rest of 2016 are listed further below in this article.

It's a summertime tradition for classical music lovers in Western North Carolina! WCQS is pleased to once again present Open Air Brevard, music recorded in performance at the renowned Brevard Music Center. Partnering with WDAV Davidson, each week we bring you a glimpse into activities at the Festival, including conversations with the artists and live performances of magnificent music by the artists, faculty, and students at BMC.

Mountain Xpress film critic Ken Hanke passed away this week at the age of 61. WCQS classical music host (and fellow film critic) Chip Kaufmann will pay tribute to Hanke this morning from 11 to 12.