Joe Kendrick

Director of Programming and Operations

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.

After living 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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WNCW welcomed Edward David Anderson to the airwaves on Thursday, November 19th as he toured the region in support of his second solo album, Lower Alabama: The Loxley Sessions. Host Joe Kendrick had a lively conversation with the former Asheville resident and Backyard Tire Fire founder in this podcast.

WNCW's Joe Kendrick talks with HBO's Ellen Pfirrmann about her experience with Studio South, an Asheville-based music documentary from 2007, as well as Southern Songs and Stories, Joe's new documentary series.  Ellen is also a former WNCW host, and now serves as location manager for film and television, with credits including movies The Hunger Games, Jupiter Rising, Wanderlust, and TV series VEEP and Homeland, to name a few.

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Jim Lauderdale talks with host Joe Kendrick about his latest double album, Soul Searching, his love for leftover pizza, hints of a future acoustic project with regional musicians and much more in this interview.

He emcees the annual Americana Awards Show at The Ryman, he coordinates the annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest, and above all, he's one of the most prolific songwriters and musicians in music today. His latest release is a double-disc, one based on Memphis, the other on Nashville. Tune in as he returns to his Carolina home for a few songs from this new one Soul Searching.

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!

Forty years ago, Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks was the number one album in America. Tuesday March 3rd, we celebrate this milestone by airing the two hour special, Right On Target, So Direct: Bob Dylan’s “Blood On The Tracks”, a radio documentary about the album and era.

We also welcome Blood On The Tracks drummer Bill Berg as guest DJ with host Roland Dierauf to get it all started. It will be a unique musical trip back in time from 5-8 pm Tuesday for a Bob Dylan celebration to remember!

WNCW begins the news series More To The Story on Wednesday, March 4th during NPR’s Morning Edition. Host Paul Foster welcomes Greenville News and Asheville Citizen-Times’ environmental reporter Tonya Maxwell to WNCW for an in-depth look at the debate on coal ash in North Carolina.

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It all boils down to time spent. The more time I spent with a record, the more likely it was to make it onto this list. Imagine a Christmas or New Year's party with hundreds of people that you may or may not know, and witness how you gravitate towards some and not others, how circumstance steps in and closes a conversation here but continues one there. An old friend may seem a little disheveled as the evening wears on; a new acquaintance might be most intriguing.

Superchunk has been making music for almost a quarter of a century, and are touring in support of their tenth studio album, I Hate Music.

Updates from Joe and Rob at Bonnaroo

Jun 17, 2013

06/18/13: We are back home! After a long day of travel Monday, we returned safe and sound with smiles on our faces and the past weekend's adventures still in our minds.

Sunday morning we awoke to flood watches after a night of heavy rain. There was standing water all over the festival grounds and more rain on the way. We packed our belongings and walked about half a mile to the point where shuttles picked up folks to return them to their parking lot at a nearby hotel.