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

Tune in Tuesday morning at 10 and Thursday night at 8 for the broadcast of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra's March concert, "Romeo & Juliet".  The concert featured Elgar's "Chanson de Matin and Chanson de Nuit", Mozart's "Piano Concerto No. 21," featuring guest pianist Shen Lu. The program concludes with Berlioz's "Romeo and Juliet."

WCQS had a big day in Hendersonville on April 5. The day began with a meeting of the WCQS Community Forum and was capped off that evening with a reception for longtime donors and business supporters.

The Community Forum was held at St. James Episcopal Church. The meeting was well attended. Among the topics discussed was the possibility of a joint project with Carolina Public Press to cover the issues of health care in Western North Carolina.

Classical Music host Josh Jourdan took a leave of absence from WCQS last year to serve active duty with the US Navy. Josh is a Petty Officer 2nd Class. He is currently working in military intelligence overseas. 

We recently heard from Josh when he had a rare couple of hours to himself. He said he's extremely busy but that he misses everyone terribly. When we asked if we could provide an update to listeners, he said, "Sure. Please tell them I'm tired but fine, and I'll be back as soon as I can and look forward to reconnecting with them." 

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. 

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.

After 30 years of service, WCQS News Director David Hurand is set to leave March 31, 2016.

David joined WCQS in 1986 when it was still a start up. In the years since, the station has become a trusted and respected source of news and information in Western North Carolina.

Jason Beaubien

Last November NPR staffers rescued a chicken outside the network's Washington, D.C. headquarters from a busy city street. Adam Cole, who runs NPR’s Skunk Bear YouTube channel and Tumblr, first spotted the chicken. Apparently, after resolving to pluck the chicken from danger, a chase ensued and some minutes later Cole emerged with grass stains on his knees and chicken in hand (although not before said chicken managed to cross the road, begging the proverbial question . . . ).

The Knights, a critically acclaimed orchestral collective, will be featured on WCQS on February 22 and 23. WCQS Music Director Dick Kowal will interview members of the group Monday at 1 p.m. The ensemble will also be featured on The State of Things on Tuesday, February 23 at Noon.

Our guests for the next Friday@2 will be The Three Davids; David Holt, David LaMotte, and David Wilcox. Each David well known in their own right, The Three Davids will bring us their unique blend of styles in live performance from our studios Friday @2, just before their show at Asheville's Diana Wortham Theatre on February 20th.

The monthly Moth StorySLAM at The Mothlight at Mr. Fred's is a huge hit! StorySLAMs are monthly competitions, where the stage is open to any and all with a story to tell on the evening's theme.

Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience.

Time is running out to make year-end tax deductible gift for 2015. Your support today makes everything you hear tomorrow possible.

On December 18, 2015, Congress passed legislation that reinstates the Charitable IRA Rollover and makes the IRA rollover permanent and retroactive to December 31, 2014. This allows people to make tax-free distributions from Traditional or Roth Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA) to qualified non-profit organizations, such as WCQS - Western North Carolina Public Radio. 

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.

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.

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