Edward's Story of Finding, Tuning In To, and Supporting WNCW

When I moved to Morganton, NC, in May 1993, I had never heard of Public Radio. My uncle turned on Car Talk the first Saturday I was there and said, "these guys are great"!  Before long, I was playing it at work and the folks would always comment on, "what's Edward playing on NPR now?". But, nearly everyday they would find something they liked or were at least amused by. I bought a FM only Walkman and was soon waking up with Wanda Lu and the ARC crowd every weekday morning during my morning dog walk. Of course, I became a contributor and even got a couple of those chain sawed bears!

My musical horizon exploded into a magnificent dawn as new styles and artist were brought into my world via WNCW. Steve Earle, Todd Snider, Lucinda Williams, John Prine, Robert Earl Keen, Doc Watson, Lyle Lovett, Nancy Griffith, David Olney, Emmylou, Derek Trucks, James McMurtry, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, OCMS, Ted Hawkins, Tom Waits, Wilco, Whiskeytown, David Childers, Drive-by-truckers, Eva Cassidy, The Gourds, Bill Monroe, Bella Fleck, are just a taste of whom I was turned on to via my new friend. Most of these acts I was able to see live in small venues thanks to WNCW's great promotional work.

Then, I moved to Gastonia and could barely get a signal, but, the Crowd Around the Mics kept me in step. I moved to Beaufort, SC, and had a laptop assigned to me. Within a few weeks, I found I could listen at work. Joy returned until the IT department called me and said I had to stop streaming music because of the excessive band width I was consuming. But now, thanks to Apple, WNCW is playing at work, home, and in the car again. By far, this is my personal favorite bonus of living in the 21st century media explosion.

Y'all are great and I can't imagine my life without WNCW. The music I share with my friends and family is a huge part of who I am. Now, my children get exposed to it as well. Nothing can compare with that. The days of Wanda Lu, Jacque Lauterer, and Armando are long gone. But change is inevitable and WNCW has proven it can roll with it and make it even better.

With the most appreciation a music fan can have,
Edward Foster
Connected to WNCW since 1993!