Guest DJ MARK O'CONNOR Live Tuesday, May 16th at 4pm

May 15, 2017
Deanna Rose

Our next musician coming in to take over our playlist for an hour is one of the most revered violinists today. Blending bluegrass/folk traditions with hot swing and classical compositions, Mark O'Connor is a true renaissance man of late 20th/early 21st Century music. He won a Grammy this past year for his O'Connor Band release of 2016, and he performs a highly anticipated concert with the Charlotte Symphony on Friday at the Knight Theatre. Tune in to see what all he has selected for us Tuesday afternoon.

Friday Feature: May is National Bike Month

May 15, 2017
Phil_Bird /

If it's simple bike riding or more serious cycling, there's no better place for riding than our region of the Carolinas.  This 'Friday Feature Interview of the Week' provides tips, advice and news on some organizations in the WNCW listening region.  Guests  speaking during National Bike Month are Joe Sanders of the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club and Ned Barrett of PAL (Partners for Active Living), Spartanburg.

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

Artbreak Recordings

May 15, 2017
Art image of a waterfall in north carolina
Vicki Dameron

Art Break provides Visual Arts News, including Events, Exhibits, Classes, Theater and more.  Information is often shared about art groups, galleries, and programs from Asheville to Charlotte, Hickory to Boone or Wilkesboro, and sometimes even East Tennessee.

If interested in submitting an art announcement, email and please provide an adequate amount of time prior to the date or dates of event.

We pay homage to the late, great Col. Bruce Hampton by listening to him in Studio B with the Quark Alliance back in September 2007. The conversation gets downright interplanetary at times, and the music is fantastic as the band previews songs from what would be the only Quark Alliance album, "Give Thanks To Chank". Also, Dublin-based I Draw Slow in a Studio B just a few weeks ago, spotlighting their new release, "Turn Your Face To The Sun."

Etta Baker picked up her rag-time influenced style of fingerpicking at the age of 3 from her father. She became a master of the Piedmont Blues, influencing musicians like Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Etta practiced her two-finger picking style an hour every day in addition to raising nine children with her musician husband. After working 26 years at a Morganton textile mill, she quit at age 60 to become a professional musician, and at 78, she cut her first album.