Michelle Keenan

Membership Director

Ways To Connect

Last year Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal asked listeners to share what their economy feels like on a personal level. Local business owner Jen Swearington of Jennythreads in West Asheville responded. She was featured on the program recently. You can listen to the audio featured below.

After the program aired Asheville Citizen-Times reporter Caitlin Byrd interviewed Swearington about her response and the experience.  

Thank you to everyone who supported WCQS in 2014! Our year end campaign was a great success, exceeding the $75,000 goal. Year-end contributions help WCQS stay on track as we begin the New Year. Listener support powers the radio you will rely on and enjoy in 2015.

You will hear our thanks every day.

As you may have heard, the President recently signed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 into law.  Among its provisions, the law extends the Charitable IRA Rollover for 2014.  This means that individuals age 70 ½ or older are authorized to make tax-free distributions from their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) of up to $100,000 to qualified charitable organizations.  While these Qualified Charitable Distributions are not tax deductible, they do offer substantial advantages.

Happy Holidays from WCQS! Special holiday programming will continue this week through New Year's Day. Enjoy!

A special thanks to our holiday program sponsors:

Fans of Downton Abbey take note! Lex 18 is hosting an intimate interactive banquet dinner experience followed by the live broadcast of Downton Abbey on Sundays beginning January 4, 2015 thru March 1, 2015.  A portion of each evening's proceeds will benefit WCQS.

On December 9th WCQS held a 1 day drive to kick-off our year end giving campaign. In the spirit of the season a matching gift challenge to benefit Homeward Bound was also offered. $10,000 by noon that day meant $10,000 for Homeward Bound, thanks to the generosity of our challenge sponsors, PlumDog Financial and Blue Ridge X-Ray. Listeners met the goal! We and the folks at Homeward Bound thank you!

WCQS Morning Edition host and reporter Greta Johnsen has accepted a job hosting weekends at WBEZ in Chicago. Her last day at WCQS will be December 16. Please join WCQS in wishing her well in this tremendous career opportunity.

The Board of Directors of Western North Carolina Public Radio, Inc. / WCQS named WCQS Program Director Barbara Sayer as Interim President and CEO, following the resignation of WCQS President and CEO Jody Evans. Evans’ last day at WCQS is December 5. 

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Maureen Corrigan, book critic for NPR's Fresh Air and critic-in-residence and lecturer at Georgetown University will be in Asheville this week. Corrigan will share her bookish obsession with a great American novel and promote her latest book, So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures at Malaprops November 19 at 7 p.m. This is a ticketed event. Tickets are free with a purchase of So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures.