John started as a volunteer radio announcer in the spring of 1995, spinning vinyl and a brand new media, the Compact-Disc. He recalls, “In those days we had, reel-to-reel recorded programs, and guests crowding around the one mic to perform live - all bundled up into a 2 hour live old-time radio show." Now This Old Porch is three hours of top notch programming with up-to-date technology.

“On top of that nothing has changed,” he said.

I have been behind a mic since my freshman year at the University of Alabama.  Simply put, I love radio!  I have always been into radio and music, and just like a musician, I have my list of DJ’s who influenced me throughout the years.  Top of that list is Tom Donahue, who was a driving force in the sound of FM in it’s commercial infancy.

       Music is something I gravitated toward at an early age.  All kinds of music, I really do love it all.  I am a big jazz head, anything from Blue Note in the 60’s.  Of course I am a Dead Head!  I am a big fan of the way music feeds the soul and brings people together.  That’s so important, because no matter what time or space you live in, you need love.  Music is love, music is WNCW.

Laura Blackley is a writer, musician, and artisan farmer living in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. She hosts and produces two shows for WNCW--Local Color, which spotlights music from throughout WNCW's listening area, and Southern Sirens, celebrating the formidable contributions made by southern women, past and present, to the world of music. Email her at

Dennis was born in Boiling Springs NC, raised in the #1 Township (home of Junie and near Horace and Earl Scruggs) he comes from a family musical background and grew up with Bluegrass and Country & Western as the soundtrack surrounded by the artists who made it. He’s worked in professional audio engineering for 30+ years with companies providing production support worldwide to the biggest acts in the business.

Joe Kendrick was born in Jacksonville, Florida while his father was in the Navy, but has lived all but the first two years of his life in North Carolina. His formative years were spent far off in the woods at his family's home in rural Stanfield, NC. Joe studied Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There,  where he was able to fulfill his dream of being a disc jockey at WXYC, and hasn't left the airwaves since, volunteering at WNCW soon after graduation.

Still No Job: Over A Year Without Enough Work
12:01 am
Mon December 12, 2011

The Impacts Of Long-Term Unemployment

Originally published on Mon December 12, 2011 2:55 pm

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The country has been trying to recover from the Great Recession for three years. But the U.S. job market remains weak, leaving roughly 5 million workers unemployed for a year or more.

The Kaiser Family Foundation teamed with NPR to conduct a survey, seeking to describe the experiences of those long-term unemployed workers. Here are some highlights of the survey findings.

The long-term unemployed tended to be low-wage workers.

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Still No Job: Over A Year Without Enough Work
12:01 am
Mon December 12, 2011

The State Of The Long-Term Unemployed

People wait to see a career adviser at a training center operated by the New York Department of Labor in New York City. NPR and the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a survey on the emotional, physical and financial effects of being without work for a year or more. Nearly 70 percent of respondents would like the government to offer more job training opportunities.
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Originally published on Mon December 12, 2011 12:02 pm

Millions of Americans wake up each morning without a job, even though they desperately want to work. It's one of the depressing legacies of the financial crisis and Great Recession.

NPR and the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a poll of people who had been unemployed or with an insufficient level of work for more than a year. The results document the financial, emotional and physical effects of long-term unemployment and underemployment.

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12:01 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Absent President Ignites Rumors In Pakistan

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari speaks in Sri Lanka on Nov. 29. The president has been treated at a hospital in Dubai since Dec. 6. Aides say he is recovering.
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Originally published on Mon December 12, 2011 8:59 am

Pakistan is a country where rumors are always flowing. So when President Asif Ali Zardari was rushed to a hospital in the United Arab Emirates on Dec. 6, it set off all sorts of speculation.

His aides are doing their best to quell talk that he might step down. They say Zardari has been undergoing treatment and tests for a pre-existing heart ailment, and is recovering well in Dubai.

But that hasn't stopped politicians from considering what Pakistan's political landscape might look like without him.

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