More to the Story returns to WNCW's Morning Edition on Wednesday, July 8 at 8:51 am when special guest will be John Boyle, columnist and reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times.  Two topics will be discussed: Rate Increases At The WNC Farmers Market and The Confederate Flag - 'Is The Flag About Heritage or Hate'.

Thanks to everyone who participated in our recent survey on Frank On Friday; we had over 400 survey participants. It was good to get a feel for how many of our listeners and members perceived this unique program. My experience at WNCW tells me that there is very little middle ground when it comes to the music of Frank Zappa, and this survey reinforced that belief. Of the 172 comments received, only 11 expressed something like a neutral stance towards the show. Frank Zappa always seems to get a reaction, and a strong one at that!

This Friday Feature Interview of the Week from June 19 (2015) was about a documentary film on a real life experience hiking the Appalachian Trail made by students at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC.  Special guest was film producer and student Alex Bentley.  The film is called 'FLOW'.

Mark Bumgarner is a son of the South whose musical influences span the American landscape, from the traditional sounds of the Appalachian Mountains to West Coast country and folk rock sounds of the ‘60s and ‘70s. These influences and his own sense of musical direction have guided Mark as a musician, singer, songwriter and now radio host and producer. Over the last 30 years, Mark has performed with several national and regional touring bands, including the Nashville-based Jubal Foster. Since returning to Western North Carolina in 2005, he has worked primarily as a solo artist and as half of the duo Calico Moon with his wife Aimee Bumgarner.

For MerleFest fans who crave a weekly dose of festival news and music, WNCW is teaming with MerleFest to present the MerleFest Radio Hour, an hour-long weekly show of live performances, album tracks and an interview segment with artists who have played at MerleFest. The show will debut on Sunday, July 5, from 6-7 p.m. EST on WNCW.

Steve Johnson, co-host of MerleFest Radio Hour, currently works as the Artist Relations Manager for Wilkes Community College/ MerleFest. Prior to joining Wilkes Community College, Johnson was the President and CEO of Mountain Music Entertainment, an artist management and publicity firm with offices in Nashville and Jonesborough, Tennessee. He also produced the award winning Historic Jonesborough (TN) Bluegrass Series and has promoted several concerts and events across the country. He grew up in the shadows of bluegrass music with his family being close friends with the Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe.

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MerleFest Radio Hour is an hour long weekly show of live performances, album tracks and an interview segment with artists who have played at the festival. Hosted by MerleFest’s Steve Johnson and Mark Bumgarner, the show highlights the history of the artists while touching on what happens behind the scenes, and also will regularly feature the music of Doc and Merle Watson.

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The Hip Abduction "Holiday"

Jun 29, 2015

The Hip Abduction in Studio B.

Independence Day Programming

Jun 29, 2015

WNCW celebrates July 4th all day Friday, July 3rd and continuing into Saturday, July 4th with a music mix of Americana, Bluegrass, Jazz, Rock, Country and Blues favorites that tip their hat to the Independence Day holiday. We'll be shooting off fireworks, firing up the grill, and waving the flag in the tunes we spin for a summertime soundtrack like no other. Jump in with your requests, and join us on the air or online for the party!