For MerleFest fans who crave a weekly dose of festival news and music, WNCW is teaming with MerleFest to present the MerleFest Radio Hour, an hour-long weekly show of live performances, album tracks and an interview segment with artists who have played at MerleFest. The show will debut on Sunday, July 5, from 6-7 p.m. EST on WNCW.

Independence Day Programming

Jun 29, 2015

WNCW celebrates July 4th all day Friday, July 3rd and continuing into Saturday, July 4th with a music mix of Americana, Bluegrass, Jazz, Rock, Country and Blues favorites that tip their hat to the Independence Day holiday. We'll be shooting off fireworks, firing up the grill, and waving the flag in the tunes we spin for a summertime soundtrack like no other. Jump in with your requests, and join us on the air or online for the party!

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Joe Kendrick

Joe Kendrick will be on the air this Wednesday, June 24 between 12-3pm.  He will welcome back to WNCW Daniel Coston, a photographer and writer from Charlotte, in the noon hour.

Friday June 26th at 1pm: UNDERHILL ROSE

Jun 18, 2015

Asheville's trio of Eleanor Underhill, Molly Rose Reed, and Salley Williamson are making great inroads into the national Americana music scene, and June 30th marks the release date of their latest album, The Great Tomorrow. We'll visit with them on the eve of their CD Release Show, which is a few days earlier at the Grey Eagle (Saturday the 27th.)

Wednesday June 24th at 1pm: CHARLIE PARR

Jun 18, 2015

Duluth, MN is his hometown, but Charlie Parr traveled here to NC to record this great new album Stumpjumper with Phil Cook (Megafaun, Hiss Golden Messenger.) As his bio says, "It's the music of a self-taught guitarist and banjo player who grew up without a TV but with his dad's recordings of America's musical founding fathers, including Charley Patton and Lightnin' Hopkins, Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly.

The newly formed Flat Rock Playhouse Studio 52 (located in Flat Rock, NC) recently named Sue Fair as its Director of Education.  Sue joined WNCW in Studio A on Thursday, June 11 during Morning Edition.  Have a listen about all the excitement building around the already beloved Flat Rock Playhouse with the addition of Studio 52 - a perfect place for the young actor or actors in your life.

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Friday Feature: Buzz Buzz... Pollination Rocks!

Jun 15, 2015

Phyllis Stiles, Director of Bee City USA, was the special guest of this WNCW Friday Feature Interview of the Week from June 12.  Phyllis told what Bee City USA is all about, some of the cities that have been designated as a Bee City, and details of a Pollination Celebration in Asheville.  Pollination is so crucial to our environment.  Listen to learn more.

Live Friday June 19th at 2pm: JOSH ROUSE

Jun 11, 2015

The dictionary definition of countrypolitan might well include a photo of Josh Rouse, the singer-songwriter whose Nashville roots and current home of Valencia, Spain commingle well on his most recent release The Embers of Time. He visits with us in Studio B before playing Asheville Friday night.

Live Wednesday June 17th at 1pm: THE HIP ABDUCTION

Jun 11, 2015

This Afro-pop/alt-rock outfit from Tampa/St. Pete brings some of that glorious Florida sunshine up to our area with a Wednesday night show at New Mountain in Asheville, and a live session in Studio B that afternoon. Their West African kora and ngoni, reggae rhythms, catchy hooks, and warm, positive message made their 2013 album a Top 10 pick among more than a couple WNCW hosts.