Joe Kendrick

Director of Programming and Operations

Joe Kendrick grew up far off in the woods at in rural Stanfield, NC, where he acquired his first Sony Walkman, listened to both AM and FM radio from Charlotte, went to Nascar races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, attended a small Baptist church, read Rolling Stone, subscribed to cassette clubs, and played one very forgettable season of high school football. From there, Joe studied Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was able to fulfill his dream of being a disc jockey at WXYC. He volunteered at WNCW soon after graduation.

After several years and two stints in radio on the coast in Wilmington, Joe was back in western NC where he returned  to volunteering at WNCW while he started his first business, a landscape lighting franchise with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives. In 1999, he met his future wife Amy at the Isotope 217 concert at Vincent's Ear in Asheville, and a year later they wed. The landscape lighting business grew but so did Joe's presence on the radio, and the desire to follow his heart led him to sell his business in 2006. Soon thereafter, he garnered the morning host slot on WNCW and has been full time in Spindale ever since.

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Some 3500 refugees from around the world will have made North Carolina their home this year. Who are they, what caused them to be refugees, and how do they get here? What does the U.S. government do to decide who they admit, and how does the process work? WNCW’s Joe Kendrick spoke with Marsha Hirsch and Thakur Mishra of the Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency from Charlotte, and Paul Foster interviewed Ann Corcoran, editor of Refugee Resettlement Watch, to get some of these basic questions answered.

Fifty years ago, the Beatles released an album heralded as one of the best rock records in history. Thursday night, WNCW airs the radio documentary Everything Was Right: The Beatles’ Revolver from 9 to 11pm. Host Paul Ingles explores the landmark album's story and influence in depth, talking with historians, musicians, music critics, and fans like Jim Derogatis, Shawn Colvin, Mark Erelli, and David Gans. The two hour special also spotlights each song on Revolver.

Instruments at MerleFest 2016
Joe Kendrick

Recap by Joe Kendrick -- Wilkesboro is only some 90 miles away from where I live, but going there for MerleFest always seems to transport me across much more than that short space and time. Winding my way through the rolling hills up highway 18 in late April has a uniquely soothing effect, and shifts my thoughts through the gears of choruses and solos, and faces and conversations of all the festivals I’ve attended.

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