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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Ways to Connect

WNCW’s Joe Kendrick talks with Asheville artist Ben Lovett about his new film score for the science fiction movie, Synchronicity.  This conversation touches on his extensive work with film soundtracks, how the new film managed to land legendary character actor Michael Ironside, and much more.

Joe Kendrick talks with comedian, actor, author, playwright and musician Steve Martin.  Steve will talk about his second collaboration with fellow Texas native Edie Brickell on their album So Familiar, about living in Brevard NC, working with Steep Canyon Rangers and more in this wide ranging interview.

Join Joe Kendrick as he talks with comedian, actor, author, playwright and musician Steve Martin at 8:50 a.m. Thursday, January 28th.  Steve will talk about his second collaboration with fellow Texas native Edie Brickell on their album So Familiar, about living in Brevard NC, working with Steep Canyon Rangers and more in this wide ranging interview.

Podcast with Marshall Ballew

Jan 4, 2016

Marshall  Ballew was a guest DJ at WNCW for an hour on Friday, January 1, 2016.  He played some favorite songs and talked about those artists, about what he has been up to since he left Spindale in 2001, his tenure at WNCW and much more.

Marshall Ballew has rejoined WNCW as the host for Frank on Friday, which airs for an hour every Friday at noon.

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.

JIM LAUDERDALE
Joe Kendrick

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!

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