I grew up in Spartanburg so Appalachia is in my blood. I first discovered WNCW while going to school in Clemson. I just found it by chance while flipping through stations. I've been in love ever since. I really can’t listen to any other radio station. Only WNCW understands my musical needs. In 2006 I moved to Seattle where I got an office job, and while I despise sitting behind a desk, on the bright side I am able to listen to you guys every day. Specifically, I make sure I catch Roland from noon to 3pm west coast time (3-6 EST).
When I moved to Morganton, NC, in May 1993, I had never heard of Public Radio. My uncle turned on Car Talk the first Saturday I was there and said, "these guys are great"! Before long, I was playing it at work and the folks would always comment on, "what's Edward playing on NPR now?". But, nearly everyday they would find something they liked or were at least amused by. I bought a FM only Walkman and was soon waking up with Wanda Lu and the ARC crowd every weekday morning during my morning dog walk. Of course, I became a contributor and even got a couple of those chain sawed bears!
My husband and I started listening to WNCW while channel surfing in the upstate of South Carolina. We love the bluegrass music and have stayed listening for the other styles of music. Even though we live in Columbia, South Carolina, we always tune in to WNCW as soon as we can on I-26. We've even found that we can get the station all the way to Newberry, South Carolina.
We wish we had a station like this in Columbia, but it makes our trips to the mountains special.