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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Tune in to ARC Overnight with host Rob Daves this Tuesday night/Wednesday morning in the midnight hour for Joe Kendrick's interview with the Asheville, NC instrumental duo Ahleuchatistas. Their seventh release, Heads Full of Poison, has won critical acclaim from DownBeat, The New York Times, and NPR, to name just a few.

WNCW's midday host Joe Kendrick speaks with Moogfest founder Ashley Capps about the festival coming up in downtown Asheville, NC on October 26-27. The third year of the festival honoring the vision of Robert Moog features several generations of artists, from electronic pioneers such as Harold Budd and Morton Subotnick to emerging stars like Santigold and Blondes.

Their conversation airs just after NPR news headlines in the one o'clock hour Wednesday, October 3rd.

Dick Huey was one of the original eight people from Charlotte who created the Alternative Radio Coalition, which debuted ARC Overnight on WNCW 20 years ago this fall. Tune in to Rob Daves' show Tuesday night/Wednesday morning October 2nd/3rd, just after midnight, for Joe Kendrick's conversation with him about his role as membership director of ARC, his memories of the music of the era, and his music career since then. 

ARC Overnight Feature

Sep 25, 2012

Join WNCW's Joe Kendrick as he talks with Markey Austin about her memories of the early days of ARC Overnight, the wave of alternative and regional music from the era, and her return to the airwaves October 7th with co-host "Mad Dog" Sherril Ward as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of ARC on the air.

WNCW host, Joe Kendrick, interviews Dan Patterson by phone from Charlotte as he prepares to cover the 2012 Democratic National Convention after doing the same in Tampa for the Republican National Convention.

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