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

On Saturday, August 29th, arts organizations and businesses in the Broadway Arts District (B.A.D.), Asheville's newest downtown cultural hub, will be hosting a free block party featuring exhibitions, installations, performances, hands-on activities, food trucks, and more.

WCQS invites listeners to tour the studios and be a part of a special recording project. We want to record visitors' interest in and the experience of art and we'd like to hear why WCQS matters to you.

We've decided to try something new. We think we can raise the funds necessary to support the station without interrupting the programs you love. Traditionally, WCQS interrupts programming to fundraise every Spring and Fall. Our Fall Drive is slated for September 10 - 17, but we're prepared to cancel it if listeners can raise $150,000 by September 10th.

Mountain Xpress readers voted WCQS / Western North Carolina Public Radio "Best Local Radio Station" in the Best of WNC 2015 Awards!

Western North Carolina has some mighty good community radio stations and local commercial stations, so that makes this vote even more meaningful to us. We are delighted and honored. Our thanks to everyone who cast a vote for WCQS.

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On the next Friday @2, we are joined in our studios by pianist Andrew Tyson. Andrew is a native of North Carolina, and studied at Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School. He has since received an Avery Fischer Career Grant, and performed with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe.

Andrew will perform Friday evening for the Haywood County Arts Council as part of their Young Artist Series, but on the next Friday @2, he’ll join Dick Kowal to play and discuss music live in our studios.

That’s pianist Andrew Tyson on the next Friday @2.

Garrison Keillor and members of the Prairie Home Companion gang will make a stop in Brevard this Saturday night as part of their America the Beautiful Tour. This performance will likely be Keillor's last performance in Western North Carolina before he retires next year. The sold out show, at Brevard Music Center, starts at 7:30. If you are attending the show, be sure to stop by the WCQS booth, on the patio at the entrance to the Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium.

This year's music recording interns at the  Brevard Music Festival , who hail from Peabody Conservatory, Oberlin and Appalachian State , sporting their WCQS t-shirts. They toured our studios and hung out with Music Director and Recording Engineer Dick Kowal.

The winner of the 4th Annual WCQS Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle is Mark Medlin of Weaverville! Mark will choose between a new Audi A3, VW TDI Golf SportWagen or VW Convertible Bug from Harmony Motors

Thanks to everyone who entered the 4th Annual Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle! Proceeds from the raffle support the programming you value. You are all winners to us.   

WCQS recently learned that its signal to the Highlands area at 101.7 FM will soon be bumped by another station. The other station, located in South Carolina, was granted a Transmitter at the same frequency. Because our frequency at 101.7 is only a translator, WCQS listeners in the Highlands area will experience a signal loss effective this Sunday morning.

If you're a fan of RadioLab or Invisibilia you may want to check out Cast Party Tuesday night at a theatre near you.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) awarded its Edward R. Murrow Award to not one but two outstanding recipients this year. NPR International Correspondent (Dakar) Ofeibea Quist-Arcton was recognized for her reporting across Africa including coverage of the Ebola epidemic and Boko Haram.

In an recent interview with the Associated Press Garrison Keillor says he plans to step down as host of A Prairie Home Companion (APHC) after the 2015-2016 season. The 72 year old said, "I have a lot of other things that I want to do. I mean, nobody retires anymore. Writers never retire. But this is my last season. This tour this summer is the farewell tour."

Morning Edition's annual reading of the Declaration of Independence has become an annual tradition. To hear the words in our founding fathers as read by the familiar voices of NPR is quite a wonderful thing.

You can listen to it and savor those mighty words here.

Frank Stasio and the folks at The State of Things are taking July 3rd off in celebration of the July 4th holiday. So in keeping with our July 4th celebration WCQS will air an Independence Day celebratory special from America's Test Kitchen - July 4th Beer Special: The Amazing History, Lore and Science of America's Favorite Drink.

Tune in this Saturday at 3 and Sunday at 6 for Re:sound - The Hearing Show. In this special documentary from PRX we listen in on hearing — a complex system of circuitry that is vulnerable to all sorts of interruptions, misfires and breakdowns.  Highlights include:

The Rest Is Silence - by Brian Calvert
Amanda McDonough has had hearing problems all her life. She wore hearing aids and hid the fact from everyone she knew. Mostly she got by, until she made a decision that changed everything.

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