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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Special Series This Week

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Center For Cultural Preservation

A GREAT AMERICAN TAPESTRY: The Many Strands Of Mountain Music - Series Begins Monday, Nov. 27

David Weintraub will be presenting a special series this week during NPR’s Morning Edition, produced by WNCW's Kim Clark. T he feature is a radio adaptation of A GREAT AMERICAN TAPESTRY: The Many Strands Of Mountain Music - the latest documentary film from Weintraub and The Center for Cultural Preservation , based in Hendersonville, NC. The Southern Appalachian Mountains were once home to a diverse mix of Europeans, African-Americans and indigenous native peoples. The area became a vibrant...

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Signed stud on Habitat jobsite
Photo by Vicki Dameron

Join us for Before the Jam, Lend a Hand with 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 . Sign up today, click here!

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

Thursday, November 30: Margo Price – All American Made

See why she’s one of Americana’s biggest new voices with this “declarative honky-tonk manifesto of small-town farmer populism and working-class feminism” (Rolling Stone)

STUDIO B - Presented by Sierra Nevada



Friday Feature- Asheville Food Truck & Craft Beer Fest

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! Posted by Host and Producer of The...

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Blitzen Trapper On World Cafe

Dec 7, 2011

Blitzen Trapper's rise to fame has been nontraditional, to say the least. According to frontman Eric Earley, who writes most of its music, the band was homeless up through the 2008 tour for its breakout fourth album, Furr. This was a year after the "reluctant success," as Earley called it, of Wild Mountain Nation.

Former Penn State defensive coordinator Gerald "Jerry" Sandusky was found guilty of sexual abuse, convicted of 45 out of 48 counts on Friday, June 22. He was accused of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period in a scandal that has rocked the university's community. Several alleged victims have testified in the trial, which began on June 11.

To many a mom, you can't go much lower than a Twinkie. The famous snack sort of epitomizes nutritional bankruptcy.

So now we learn that breakfast cereals such as Kellogg's Honey Smacks are even worse — in terms of sugar content — than a Twinkie. One cup of the cereal has 20 grams of sugar, compared with 18 grams in the cake. (The recommended serving size on the label is three-fourths of a cup.) Well, that gets our attention.

Mitt Romney had a handy counterargument for all those who have called him a political flip flopper: his apparent steadfastness in all his personal commitments, like his 42-year marriage to his wife Anne.

Turns out, that argument can do double duty since it helps Romney draw a contrast with Newt Gingrich who is on his third marriage.

Italian police had to drill into a concrete bunker underground to get to Michele Zagaria. As NPR's Sylvia Poggioli tells our Newscast unit, the arrest of the mob boss is "huge."

Sylvia adds that Michele Zagaria "is the head of one of the bloodiest clans of the Neapolitan mafia called the Camorra and they've been involved in an enormous number of illegal activity. Probably the most prominent is the illegal transport and disposal of toxic waste, which has become a huge problem in the whole Naples area."

Iowa Republican Charles Grassley took to the Senate floor Wednesday to declare that a senior Justice Department official "needs to go immediately" for allegedly misleading Congress in its 11-month-old investigation of a gun trafficking operation gone bad.

"It's past time for accountability at the senior levels of the Justice Department," Grassley said. "That accountability needs to start with the head of the criminal division, Lanny Breuer."

In a 15-minute speech, Grassley set out two main reasons for demanding Breuer's ouster.

Back in June, the news out of the Newt Gingrich presidential campaign was dire.

Top staffers quit over differences about strategy, with some citing doubts about the candidate's seriousness — especially when he and his wife went on a cruise to the Greek Islands while his rivals stumped through New Hampshire and Iowa.

But now it's December, and Gingrich suddenly sits atop the polls. As a result, his organization is growing — as is the campaign brain trust. But Gingrich's most important adviser remains himself.

A Front-Runner's Staffing Needs

In the latest reminder that he's still in the race (if apparently not in the hunt) for the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a new TV ad in Iowa in which he makes a naked appeal to the state's religious conservatives who are expected to play an important role in the upcoming caucuses.

Multiple media outlets, including the AP and CNN, are reporting that former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky has been arrested again, as new charges of sexual molestation have emerged.

Sandusky is already facing 40 counts related to the sexual assault of children. Sandusky has said repeatedly that he is innocent, but the case has engulfed the Penn State football program in controversy.

The AP reports:

Harry Morgan, who came into our living rooms as Col. Potter in M*A*S*-H, as Officer Bill Gannon in Dragnet and in guest star roles on other TV series from Murder, She Wrote to The Love Boat, has died. He was 96.

The Associated Press reports that the actor's daughter-in-law, Beth Morgan, said he died at his home in Brentwood, Calif., after a bout with pneumonia.