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.


Ways to Connect

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.

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.