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 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.

Today is our 1-day membership drive to kick-off year-end giving. To celebrate the drive, the strength of our community and this season of giving, every gift made between 7 a.m. - Noon will be matched by HomeTrust Bank for Homeward Bound, up to $10,000. 

$10,000 for WCQS by noon means $10,000 for Homeward Bound’s AHOPE Center.

Today is our 1-day membership drive to kick-off year-end giving. To celebrate the drive, the strength of our community and this season of giving, every gift made between 7 a.m. - Noon will be matched by HomeTrust Bank for Homeward Bound, up to $10,000. 

$10,000 for WCQS by noon means $10,000 for Homeward Bound’s AHOPE Center.

Tuesday, December 8, WCQS will host a 1-day membership drive to kick-off its year-end giving campaign. To celebrate the drive, the strength of our community and this season of giving, every gift made between 7 a.m. - Noon will be matched by HomeTrust Bank for Homeward Bound, up to $10,000. 

$10,000 for WCQS by noon means $10,000 for Homeward Bound’s AHOPE Center.

Tune in as WCQS celebrates this festive time of year. From Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, Holiday Programming is our gift to you. We'll post highlights throughout the season, so be sure to check back often for updates.

 

Holiday specials are sponsored by: 

Giving Tuesday is a nationwide collective effort to kick off the holiday season with a day of giving back to causes that matter most to you.

During this season of giving WCQS is serving as a collection station for Homeward Bound's "Welcome Home for the Holidays Supply Drive."

Homeward Bound of WNC is a nonprofit agency that works to end homelessness in WNC by providing people with housing, and the support to stay in it. Homeward Bound has housed more than 1330 people since 2006 – and 89% of them are still housed.

November 27, 2015 marks the 7th National Day of Listening. The Day of Listening is a national holiday started by StoryCorps in 2008. On the day after Thanksgiving, StoryCorps asks everyone to take a few minutes to record an interview with a loved one.

Holiday Programming

Nov 23, 2015
American Public Media

Tune in as WCQS celebrates this festive time of year. From Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, Holiday Programming is our gift to you. We'll post highlights throughout the season, so be sure to check back often for updates.

Holiday programming is sponsored by: 

Longtime WCQS friend David Holt was in the studio with Dick Kowal today to talk about his upcoming performance in Cullowhee this Sunday at the Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.   David is a  traditional music and storytelling icon, and four-time Grammy Award winner and Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame inductee.

Satirist Lizz Winstead is tackling reproductive rights with "Lady Parts Justice." Lizz Winstead has made a career being the watchdog of the watchdog. As a co-creator of The Daily Show in the 1990s, Winstead was one of the first comedians satirizing both news makers and news media.  Her current focus is on women’s rights, and she founded Lady Parts Justice, an organization that uses comedy and digital media to advocate for reproductive rights. State of Things host Frank Stasio talked with Winstead about political satire and her comedy on the program today.

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