EMPIRE STRIKES BRASS Live Wednesday, February 22nd at 1pm

Feb 13, 2017

How often do you come across a brass band that brings in ska, funk, southern rock, alt-country, and of course composer John Williams? Hang around Asheville, and you might catch one pretty often. After a trip up to Virginia this week, the 10-or-so band members descend upon Charlotte and Asheville to wrap up the month. The Force is strong with this one....

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The Wood Brothers
David Barnum

Due to technical difficulties, we were not able to broadcast live.  However, we recorded the session and will broadcast it Wednesday morning.

Oliver Wood, Chris Wood, and Jano Rix have become one of our favorite bands here at WNCW these past 8 or so years, and it seems many of our listeners agree. Tune in as we visit with them live from the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte before their show there Tuesday evening. They've got a great new live release out, and just may be working on a new studio release this year, too.

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WNCW's Friday Feature Interview of the Week (original air date Feb. 3rd, 2017) focused on how various groups in Buncombe County are working together in the fight and prevention of Childhood Obesity. Interviews were conducted with Jan Shepherd, Buncombe Co. Health and Human Services Health Division Director and Terri March, Health Improvement Specialist of MAHEC (Mountain Area Health Education Center).

Posted by Host and Producer of The Friday Feature of the Week, Paul Foster


The Medical University of South Carolina recently announced that up to 3,000 patients, including some in the Upstate, may have been exposed to dangerous bacteria since 2012 during open-heart surgery through the use of a piece of contaminated equipment.  Health Reporter for the Greenville News, Liv Osby talked about her article on this subject during this More to the Story that aired February 1, 2017. 

Posted by Host and Producer of More To The Story, WNCW's Paul Foster

Click on title for entire promo. This week on MerleFest Radio Hour we'll feature music from three of the artists scheduled to perform at MerleFest 2017. We'll take a look at Jorma Kaukonen, known for his work with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. Rolling Stone ranked him #54 in its list for the top 100 greatest guitarists of all time. He'll be performing April 28th, 29th and 30th at MerleFest this year. Tift Merritt's music will also be featured on the show this week.