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 email@example.com.
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.