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.

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It's that time of year again - time to cast your vote in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC 2015" readers poll. Once a year, thousands of residents and visitors celebrate what’s best and brightest about a very wonderful place — Western North Carolina. Let your passion for public radio shine and your voice of support for public radio be heard and and cast your vote for WCQS!

WCQS Names New CEO

Apr 29, 2015

The Western North Carolina Public Radio Incorporated (WNCPRI) Board of Directors has named David Feingold as WCQS CEO and General Manager, succeeding former President and CEO Jody Evans, who resigned in December, 2014.

If you want to help victims of the catastrophic earthquake in Nepal, but don't know where to start, you may find the following article a helpful resource. Charity Navigator has vetted 7 non-profit organizations already in action.

This week WCQS brings you a special Holocaust Remembrance Week program Confronting Hatred: 70 Years After the Holocaust. This documentary examines the ways in which the Holocaust continues to inform contemporary discussions about hate speech, propaganda, and human rights. Explore stories from people confronting hatred in their lives, their communities, and sometimes in their own hearts.

To celebrate Easter, WCQS will air a portion of this acclaimed 1981 recording of the complete MESSIAH oratorio featuring Musica Sacra and soloists under the direction of Richard Westenburg.  It is considered an ideal mix of old and new performance practices. Parts 2 & 3 make up the Easter portion of the work with Part 2 concluding with the famous "Hallelujah Chorus". The running times for Parts 2 & 3 are approximately 90 minutes and will air from 3:00 to 4:30.

That's this Sunday afternoon with host Chip Kaufmann on Encore.

Tune in Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m. for When Words Matter: A National Poetry Month Special from State of the Re:Union (SOTRU). In this episode , SOTRU explores all facets of poetry and its influence in host Al Letson's life. Letson talks to poets from all over the country about the craft, the lifestyle, the resurgence of poems, and of course, hear some incredible poetry.

Join WCQS Public Radio listeners and music lovers for a historic cruise down the Danube with classical music host Dick Kowal. You'll discover charming markets, grand opera houses and the world class museums of Prague, Bavaria, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. We will celebrate the genius of Mozart, Strauss, Beethoven, Bach and Schumann by visiting the very places these great composers lived, loved and worked.

Thanks to everyone who made a pledge to WCQS this spring and to our sustaining members, who support WCQS every day. We ended the drive on schedule, just shy of our $200,000 goal. If you've been meaning to do your part, but just haven't had a chance to give, you can make a secure online donation right now or call WCQS during regular business hours at 210-4800.

Thanks to everyone who made a pledge to WCQS this spring and to our sustaining members, who support WCQS every day. We concluded the drive Thursday afternoon just shy of our $200,000 goal. If you've been meaning to do your part, but just haven't had a chance to give, you can make a secure online donation right now or call WCQS during regular business hours at 210-4800.

"We’ll Be Here All Night: Stories for Passover” is a one-hour Passover-themed special from Tablet Magazine’s National Magazine Award-winning podcast, Vox Tablet, and PRX. The special airs Saturday at 3 and Sunday at 6.

Thanks to everyone who has made a pledge to WCQS this spring and our sustaining members, who support WCQS every day. It's been an exciting Pledge Drive this week, with 3 great Member Challenges, 2 wonderfully successful community challenges on some fun drawings, but now it's time to end this drive successfully. Our goal is $200,000 by 6 o'clock today.

At midday we have about $20,000 to make the goal. Help us count down with your contribution right now! 

Thanks to everyone who has made a pledge to WCQS this spring and to everyone who supported the Challenge match to benefit Loving Food Resources this morning. Listeners rallied for LFR, raising more than $12,000. $12,000 for WCQS means $12,000 in fresh produce for the clients of LFR thanks to the generosity of PLI and Mountain Food Products. 

WCQS is only as vibrant and vital as the community we serve. That’s why we are partnering with PLI and Mountain Food Products in support of Loving Food Resources

Thanks to everyone who has made a pledge to WCQS this spring and to everyone who supported the Challenge match to benefit Asheville Humane Society this morning. We are making great progress towards our goal, and we are happy to report that listeners rallied for the cats and dogs and the Asheville Humane Society Challenge! AHS will receive $10,000 in matching funds, from two anonymous sponsors, to benefit spay and neuter programs. 

Your gift to WCQS this morning will be matched for Asheville Humane Society. Our goal is $10,000 by 10 AM. $10,000 for WCQS means $10,000 in matching funds to benefit two spay and neuter programs at AHS.

Joining Barbara Sayer and Dick Kowal in the studio this morning is Sarah Hess, Asheville Humane Society's Interim Executive Director.

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