Top 100 - 2017

TOP 100 OF 2017 It’s that time again! Time to vote for your 10 favorite WNCW releases of 2017 , and help us create the Top 100 for our end of year countdown at the end of December. You will also qualify to win a complete set of the WNCW Top 10 discs, as compiled by fellow listeners and programmers! Click here to see the list of albums we have featured this year and cast your vote. We have compiled one large list that includes Bluegrass, Blues, Regional, and all the other styles we cover. ...

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Martin Anderson on stage at the Warren Haynes Christmas Pre-Jam in 2016.
Photo by Vicki Dameron

On The Way Up | Episode 29

On this episode of On The Way up, we spotlight Christmas themes with some of the best new music to come our way this season, like The Minus 5, Courtney Marie Andrews, The Decemberists, Lowland Hum and more. On “DJ For A Day”, I’ll talk with WNCW morning host and music director, Martin Anderson, about our top 100 of 2017, as voting for that yearly best-of list is going on right now at Plus we’ll spin you a “Segue of the Week”, pairing a newly reissued and practically unheard of soul...

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Family picking out a Christmas tree
North Carolina Christmas Tree Association

Friday Feature- North Carolina's Christmas Tree Industry

The mission of the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association (NCCTA) is to provide Christmas Trees through marketing and education. The association works with Christmas tree wholesalers, choose and cut tree farms, Christmas tree growers and does much more. On this 'Friday Feature Interview of the Week' from November 24th - NCCTA Director Jennifer Greene gives tips on how to select that best real family Christmas Tree and how to take proper care of it once it's in your home. Posted by Host and...

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Peak of the Week: Thursdays at 9pm sample a new release

Thursday, December 14: Charley Crockett - Lil G.L.'s Honky Tonk Jubilee

If Hank Williams had a Creole accent, and recorded in Sun Studio, he might sound like this singer from San Benito, TX. A new ‘NCW favorite.

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Friday Feature - The NC Arts Council Turns Fifty

Nov 22, 2017

There's been a celebration going on to mark the 50th anniversary of the North Carolina Arts Council from the coast to the mountains and everywhere in between.  As a part of the Council's birthday this fall, there's been something going on across the state called 50 for 50.  Learn about this and the significance of arts in Western North Carolina, as WNCW speaks with the Executive Director of the NC Arts Council, Wayne Martin.  Originally aired on Nov. 17, 2017.

More To The Story: Spartanburg Election Results

Nov 22, 2017
Stuart Miles

Two significant things happened after Spartanburg voters went to the polls on November 7th. First, voters passed a penny sales tax and votes were so tight, that a new mayor was yet to be known.  This subject matter was discussed during this More to the Story from Nov. 15, 2017 with Reporter Bob Montgomery of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.

Posted by Host and Producer of WNCW's More to the Story, Paul Foster- WNCW Senior Producer, News Director, and Regional Host for NPR's Morning Edition


While the event has since taken place, this Friday Feature Interview of the Week aired (Nov. 10, 2017) just before the first ever Asheville Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival.  Expect the event to continue in the future, as you listen back to all that goes in to these events that are presented all across the country by Food Truck Festivals of America.  Representing the group and interviewed by WNCW was Janet Prensky.  You'll be hungry after hearing this one!

More To The Story: Western NC's Opioid Addiction

Nov 22, 2017

  Social Issues and Education Reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times, Alexandria Bordas joined WNCW for this important More to the Story to talk about the national, statewide, and regional problem of Opioid Addiction.  Alexandria has been working on a series of articles on this issue and how its affected Asheville, Buncombe County, and Western North Carolina.  This segment originally aired November 8, 2017.

Posted by Host and Producer of More To The Story- Paul Foster, WNCW Senior Producer, News Director, and Morning Edition Regional Host

Carolyn Young filming for NPR's Night Owl series
Joe Kendrick

In this episode, we sample some of the many different styles of music WNCW loves to play, including some tasty covers by the likes of Infamous Stringdusters, Charley Crockett,  Dori Freeman and newcomer Elise LeGrow. Plus, a Doo Wop “Segue Of The Week”, and on DJ For A Day, a conversation with Isothermal Community College broadcast instructor Carolyn Young about our mini adventure with NPR filming videos for their Night Owl series, and more.

Photo collage of WNCW's Fall Fund Drive 2017
Photos by Vicki Dameron

On this Thanksgiving week, we truly have a lot for which to be thankful. 

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Courtesy of Asheville Area Habitat For Humanity

WNCW invites you to join us as a volunteer on Wednesday, December 6, for Before the Jam, Lend a Hand.  WNCW staff will be on hand to take part and help build homes for Habitat For Humanity.  Also, one lucky volunteer will receive a $300 Merrell gift card.  More information online at

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DAVID WILCOX Live Wednesday, November 22nd at 11am

Nov 20, 2017

Guitarist, singer, and motivational songwriter David Wilcox returns, not only to WNCW for a live interview, but to the Grey Eagle in Asheville on Friday for his annual Thanksgiving Homecoming Concert. 

WNCW will be in the music kitchen all day long this Thanksgiving, cooking up a mix of songs covering every taste and course.  Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” airs at Noon, and again at 9pm after Kim Clark's "Dig".  It might be our favorite day of programming, and we’ve got a place at the table for you!  Join us all day long, and help yourself to some fine appetizers we'll be serving up in the days leading up to it.  We at WNCW are very thankful for your support and community.

We'll go back to 2009 for the high-energy Latin rhythms of Grupo Fantasma, who had just been nominated for a Grammy, and had been playing some gigs with Prince. Also, from the summer of 2000, a session with a pillar of Americana music -  Jimmie Dale Gilmore, who was here right after the release of the album One Endless Night.