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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Ways to Connect

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.

Twenty years ago, WNCW signed off the air at 2 a.m. each weekday before coming back on air at 6 a.m. in the morning. A group from Charlotte came over to Spindale and changed all that in the fall of 1992, bringing ARC Overnight to the airwaves and making WNCW a 24-hour station.

Join Joe Kendrick on ARC Overnight next Tuesday night, September 4th during Rob Daves' show.  He will interview Jay Sanders of Asheville's E. Normus Trio, upon the release of his new album of all-original jazz, Love & Barbiturates. 

Joe Kendrick, Cathy and Keith Shockley
Provided by Joe Kendrick

Keith and Cathy Shockley travel from Knoxville, TN, to volunteer for WNCW's late-night show, ARC Overnight. This is exceptional, but what makes their story even more memorable is that Keith is legally blind, and hosts the show with Cathy working alongside him as co-producer.
 

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