Michelle Keenan

Membership Director

Michelle Keenan is the Director of Membership at Blue Ridge Public Radio. She began volunteering for the station in 1996 and has been a full-time staff member since 1998.

The daughter of a pilot, Michelle grew up in many places but chose Western North Carolina as her home more than 20 years ago. Michelle has a BA in History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Shortly after college Michelle realized what she really wanted to be when she grew up was a philanthropist. Sans silver spoon, she channeled that energy into raising money and a fundraiser was born. Michelle believes deeply in public broadcasting and is proud to be a member of the Blue Ridge Public Radio family.

Michelle enjoys many creative outlets, traveling and spending time with two and four legged family members and good friends.

Ways to Connect

Thanks to everyone who supported Blue Ridge Public Radio's Fall Membership Drive. It took a brief extra inning to get there, but we did it - without interrupting one minute of the programs you count on. More than 1,300 listeners helped us raise more than $200,000. 

Blue Ridge Public Radio brings you programming that enriches your life and fundraising that respects the very reason you listen. We couldn't be more proud of you - loyal and committed listeners who know how important this service is. Everything you hear is made possible by contributing listeners. 

Join BPR's Mike Cooper and Helen Chickering for Live@Aloft September 30th from 5 to 8 p.m. The Aloft's monthly rooftop party and concert series benefits local charitable organizations. Admission is $5, benefits BPR, and includes door prizes! The evening will be hosted by local comedian and Moth StorySLAM host Betsy Puckett and feature the music by Jesse Barry and The Jam, a cash bar, and [weather permitting] a spectacular moutnain viewe and sunset In keeping with the Aloft's pet-friendly policies, well behaved four-leggeds are are welcome. 

The 2nd Asheville Moth GrandSLAM happens Monday, October 29th at Diana Wortham Theatre. The theme is "When Worlds Collide." Tickets are on sale online now.

Last month, the winner of the 2018 Blue Ridge Public Radio Ticket To Ride Summer Raffle was selected at random and announced live, on the air. Michael Carlebach of Asheville couldn't believe his luck, but was absolutely delighted. He bought the ticket because he thought it was a fun way to support the station, but he didn't think he'd actually win. 

Two stations. One goal. Zero fundraising interruptions. The Fall Fund Drive is happening right now! Your donation makes everything you hear on BPR Classic and on BPR News possible. Support what you value: responsible reporting, journalism with insight and meaning, culture celebration - and no program interruptions.  The goal is $200,000 by September 26 for uninterrupted programming. 

Thanks to everyone who voted Blue Ridge Public Radio 'Best Local Radio Station' (non-commercial) in the Mountain X Best of WNC 2018 awards!

This is the 4th year in a row a that readers voted BPR (WCQS) #1. We are thrilled to be included among the Best that WNC has to offer, and we are honored to serve the people and communities of Western North Carolina. You will hear our thanks everyday. 

The winner for Blue Ridge Public Radio's 2018 Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle was drawn at 5:34, live on-air in the Blue Ridge Public Radio studios. The winner is Michael Carlebach of Asheville! Congratulations! 

Michael will choose between a VW Tiguan and an Audi A3 from Harmony motors. We'll post more pictures when he claims his prize. 

 Thanks to everyone who entered the raffle. Only one person could win, but you are all winners to us. Raffle ticket purchases support the programming you rely on everyday. 

Using science and storytelling, Shankar Vedantam of NPR’s Hidden Brain reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships.

Thanks to everyone who entered Blue Ridge Public Radio's 2018 Ticket To Ride Summer Raffle! It was a near sell-out with 985 tickets sold.  The winner will be selected at random and announced on the air on August 15, 2018 during All Things Considered between 5:30 and 5:35. 

What's the difference between plummet and plunge? Tune in for that answer and more on an Asheville edition of Says You! Sunday afternoon from 1 to 2. 

Join us this Saturday, June 9th at 7:30 PM for the second “Sanctuary Sessions” concert.  The headliners are Jazz Americana duo Max Hatt / Edda Glass. Glass has been praised for her “impeccable vocal command” (PopMatters) and compared to a gamut of singers from Astrud Gilberto to Billie Holliday. Her voice is “one of a kind…you cannot confuse her with another artist” (New York Theatre Guide).

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Every heart in public radio is heavy this week after the loss one its most beloved figures. Carl Kasell, veteran newscaster and scorekeeper emeritus for Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, died at the age of 84, due to complications of Alzheimer's Disease.

The State of Things is broadcasting from Blue Ridge Public Radio April 12 and 13. While Frank Stasio and the rest of the SOT staff are in town, they want to hear from YOU! BPR is hosting an informal meet-up at Hi-Wire Brewing's Big Top location on April 12 from 5 to 7. 

Guests will have a chance to ask questions of Frank, the SOT producers, and the BPR News Team and let them know what issues are important to them. So join us for a pint and some great conversation!

Thank you so much for supporting Blue Ridge Public Radio! It took an extra inning, but on this opening day of baseball season, that's only fitting. We met the Spring Fund Drive goal this morning - without interrupting one minute of the programs you count on. More than 1,600 listeners did their part to help us raise more than $228,000. 
 
Blue Ridge Public Radio brings you programming that enriches your life and fundraising that respects the very reason you listen. We couldn't be more proud of you - loyal and committed listeners who know how important this service is.

Blue Ridge Public Radio welcomes Says You!, the public radio game show of bluff and bluster, to the Diana Wortham Theatre, June 14th. Join us for a night of whit, whimsy and colorful language. Says You! Fans will enjoy regular cast members Carolyn Faye Fox, Murray Horwitz, Barry Nolan, as well as local hall of fame punsters, for a night of ridiculous clues, verbal repartee, and bold face blunders - all at the dictionary’s expense.

Blue Ridge Public Radio is YOUR public radio station, and we want you to stay in touch and contribute to BPR's regional conversations and celebrations of community. Here's how:

Social Media - join our community of Facebook fans. You can be a part of the conversation about what you hear on the air and get to more of an insider's look at the station. Follow us on Twitter at @BlueRidgePublic.

Two stations. One goal. Zero program interruptions. Now all we need is you!  It’s time to give.  The Spring Fund Drive is happening right now. Our goal is $225,000 by March 28th for uninterrupted programming. Take a stand for responsible journalism, insightful reporting and cultural celebration by supporting the programming you love. 

Here's how you can make your gift to support the Blue Ridge Public Radio Spring Drive:

Old Timey music and Bluegrass fans won't want to miss Country Roots this week! Tune in Sunday night at 7 for two hours of live music from some great, local musicians. Host Wayne Erbsen will welcome Old Chevrolet, Frank Lee and Allie Burbrink, and The Warren Wilson College Bluegrass Band. 

That's this Sunday night, Feb. 18, from 7 - 9 on WCQS!

The Asheville Moth StorySLAM series will continue in 2018. The StorySLAM is a monthly competition, where the stage is open to any and all with a story to tell on the evening's theme. The SLAMs are production of The Moth. The schedule and themes [as posted] are listed below.

President Trump’s annual budget proposal recommends eliminating funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). CPB funding, which amounts to .01 percent of the federal budget, is important seed funding that enables local stations like Blue Ridge Public Radio to provide you with the programming and services you value and trust. Multiple studies confirm there is no replacement for federal funding.

During this season of giving, we wanted to share a special story about an act of generosity that recently made a big impact on Blue Ridge Public Radio and Working Wheels (formerly Wheels for Hope).

When Jim and Kendall Oliver of Asheville bought tickets for BPR’s Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle earlier this year, they did so to support the station, without a thought to actually winning the raffle. When they won, no one was more surprised than they were. They immediately wondered how they could parlay their windfall into something even more positive. 

Wow! We made the Fall Membership Drive goal - without interrupting programming.  This marks our 6th Drive without one moment of interruption to the news and music that you count on. Thank you to everyone who supported this terrific community effort!

The Inaugural Asheville Moth GrandSLAM Championship will take place October 30th at Diana Wortham Theatre.  The GrandSLAM competition will feature winners from the monthly SLAMs in a battle of wits and words - fierce, hilarious, heartbreaking and all points between. The theme is "Fish Out of Water".  

Two stations, one goal - and no program interruptions. It's the Blue Ridge Public Radio Fall Fund Drive! Our goal is $200,000 by September 27th for uninterrupted programming. Blue Ridge Public Radio - WCQS / BPR News is listener supported and your donation makes everything you count on possible. Support what you value: responsible reporting and journalism with insight and meaning, cultural celebration - and no program interruptions. 

The winner for Blue Ridge Public Radio's 2017 Ticket to Ride Raffle was drawn at 5:34, live on-air in the Blue Ridge Public Radio studios. The winner is Jim Oliver of Asheville! Congratulations! 

Jim will choose between an Audi A3 and a VW Golf Alltrack from Harmony motors. We'll post more pictures when he claims his prize. 

Thanks to everyone who entered the raffle. Only one person could win, but you are all winners to us. Raffle purchases support the programming you rely on everyday. 

The grand prize drawing for Blue Ridge Public Radio's Ticket To Ride Summer Raffle is today! Tune in tonight at 5:30 to find out who will drive away in a new Audi A3 or VW Golf Alltrack from Harmony Motors. Last year's winner will join Helen Chickering and other BPR staff members in the studio to pull the lucky winner's name.

Blue Ridge Public Radio's Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered. Raffle ticket purchases support programming on WCQS and BPR News. The winner will be drawn at random and announced on air on August 16, 2017. 

The winner will choose between an Audi A3 or VW Golf AllTrack from Harmony motors. Stay tuned for all the details. 

Thanks to everyone who entered the raffle. You're all winners to us. 

Start your engines!  Blue Ridge Public Radio's 6th annual Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle starts Friday, July 7! $100 could put you in a 2018 Audi A3 or 2017 VW Golf Alltrack from Harmony Motors.  You choose the car. You choose the color. Only 999 tickets will be sold, and the deadline to enter is August 3, 2017. 

The lucky winner will get to choose between the following vehicle prize packages:

Fresh Air opens the window on contemporary arts and issues with guests from worlds as diverse as literature and economics. Terry Gross is known for her extraordinary ability to engage guests of all dispositions. May 11th marks Fresh Air's 30th anniversary. It's a remarkable milestone for one of public radio's most loved and respected hosts and programs. We hope you'll join us in celebrating Terry Gross and her team.

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