WNCW-FM Podcasts

Podcasts of visiting artists and local news stories.

The roots of the banjo trace directly to West Africa. White Southerners learned to play early gourd banjos, probably built from the African slaves’ memories. The banjo was popularized in the 19th century by minstrel shows.  Though it seemed close to disappearing in the late 20th century, the African-American banjo tradition has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years, led by such young artists as Rhiannon Giddens, Dom Flemons, Jerron Paxton, and Amythyst Kiah.

In this episode, we run the gamut from artists who are brand new on the scene to longstanding, award-winning favorites. This batch of music tends towards the jazzy, bluesy and poppy side of WNCW’s music mix, and begins with an artist who is returning to an inspiration some 40 years on, now bringing elements he never yet dared to his sound. We’ll feature a Segue Of The Week matching a new artist from Australia with a band that has evoked America’s Southwest for decades, and a lot more.


Fiddlers’ conventions have been going on in the South for over a century. Today you can find some of the very best fiddlers’ conventions here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Since 1972, musicians have been converging on the town of Mount Airy during the first weekend in June, for the world-famous Mount Airy Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention.

Hear the passion of Author Garret Woodward, who talks about his new book on Bluegrass Music in Western North Carolina and beyond. "If You Can't Play, Get Off The Stage" is a playful title featuring interviews and unique chapter themes with such artists as Rhonda Vincent, Peter Rowan, and Balsam Range.  Woodward is known for his writing with Smoky Mountain News and Smoky Mountain Living Magazine.  Originally aired August 4, 2017.

Charlotte Observer Political Reporter, Jim Morrill returned to WNCW's 'More to the Story' to talk about recent stories that dealt with fallout from comments made by a Charlotte City Council member and the amount of money raised so far by candidates in the race for Mayor.  This segment first aired on 88.7 FM August 2, 2017.

Posted by Host and Producer for More To The Story, Paul Foster, WNCW Senior Producer, News Director, and Morning Edition Regional Host