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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After taking a little summer break, we’re back into the swing with some great women’s voices in the bands Offa Rex, Kacy & Clayton and This Is The Kit. We keep it local with Charlotte NC group The Loudermilks, get into some psychedelic funk from Mali and tip our hat to the late great Allen Toussaint, and more.

WNCW’s celebrated its new music podcast by celebrating Independence Day this episode, with the feature “DJ For A Day” telling you how we put our July 4th and other holiday music mixes together. Our music mix will be pretty bright and breezy, maybe even a little bit hot and hazy at times. Two regional favorites and a pair of local legends get spins, we feature both music that won’t be released until September and music that hasn’t been released since it was recorded live in 1974. Plus, many of the facets of the WNCW sound including country, bluegrass, jazz and rock and roll.

AMANDA ANNE PLATT & THE HONEYCUTTERS
Susannah Elliott

In this episode we spin local favorites Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters, now with a new moniker and a new lineup, some classic country sounds from New York City -- yes, you heard right -- some good grooves and pop to start your summer, plus some great gospel blues and a Segue Of The Week featuring some prime Staten Island Afro-Soul.

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Alvin Youngblood Hart “Folsom Prison Blues” from Red Hot: A Memphis Celebration of Sun Records

In this episode we feature styles ranging from Celtic stomp to gospel blues, and from artists hailing from west Africa and western North Carolina. There’s both heartbreak and redemption in the show, and we’ll drop some knowledge about music promotion and publicity with our DJ For A Day segment when I interview Nelson Wells, founder of Team Clermont from Athens, GA. Plus our Segue Of The Week is a gem featuring a host of master musicians from Mali alongside Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz fame.

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On The Way Up
Designed by Kate Johnson

Our spectrum of music in this episode runs from latin to jazz, to pop and rock, and our segue of the week pairs a lesser known bluegrass classic with the debut from a banjo prodigy. Also, for our “DJ For A Day” segment, we return to our Purple Prose theme in a new way, pondering whether some of these hyperbolic press releases could be art after all.

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