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

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.

Open Air Brevard

Jun 18, 2015

This summer, WCQS is pleased to bring you Open Air Brevard, music recorded in performance at the renowned Brevard Music Center. Partnering with WDAV Davidson, each week we bring you a glimpse into activities at the Festival, including conversations with the artists and live performances of magnificent music by the artists, faculty, and students at BMC.

Join us for Open Air Brevard Sunday afternoons at 3 and Wednesday mornings at 10.

The Brevard Music Center (BMC) announced today that virtuoso violinist Sarah Chang will open its 79th season on Saturday, June 20 at 6PM at Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium. Ms. Chang replaces pianist André Watts, whose sudden illness necessitated a cancellation of his BMC opening night performance. Ms. Chang will perform Bruch’s exquisite Violin Concerto No. 1, considered by many to be the German composer’s most famous and celebrated composition.

WCQS can now be heard in Henderson County on 99.3 FM. The new frequency is expected to improve service and expand the WCQS signal to parts of Henderson County previously unserved.

Just before Josh Jourdan was deployed for active duty, we learned that Dick Kowal and WCQS were being awarded a special commendation. The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, an extension of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, recognized Dick Kowal and WCQS as a Patriotic Employer for contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America's National Guard and Reserve force.

Public radio fans in Western North Carolina gave Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep a warm welcome recently. Inskeep, who was in Cherokee and Asheville as part of his book tour for Jacksonland, spoke at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and at Malaprops. He also, very graciously, made time for WCQS at a private luncheon. 

image by: (Library of Congress).

What does the notion of national remembrance really mean? This is a country awash in monuments. They adorn traffic circles, street corners and, of course, the National Mall. We’ve memorialized everything from famous soldiers and statesmen, to big ideas or major events – and a lot in between. Yet our ambivalence towards these monuments is as old as our enthusiasm for them. Case in point: The Washington Monument. Ever wonder why there isn’t actually an image of Washington on it?

Linda Fittante

You wake up to the voice of Morning Edition co-host  Steve Inskeep every day. Now you can have lunch with him too! Inskeep will be in Western North Carolina to promote his new book Jacksonland and has graciously agreed to spend some time with WCQS.

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