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The State of Things: Celebrating Moogfest and WNC Live from the WCQS Studios!


Western North Carolina Public Radio teams up with WUNC-FM in Chapel Hill to celebrate Moogfest and Western North Carolina April 24 and 25 with special broadcasts of The State of Things, live from the WCQS studios each day at noon.

The State of Things is WUNC-FM’s news program devoted to the issues, personalities and places of North Carolina. This Thursday and Friday the broadcasts will feature the music and people of Moogfest, a conversation with the chef of Tupelo Honey about their expansion, a political round table and more. Listeners in Western North Carolina can hear the program Thursday and Friday at noon on WCQS.

WCQS President and CEO Jody Evans is thrilled to be partnering with WUNC-FM and host Frank Stasio for live broadcasts of The State of Things, “Moogfest is a momentous event which celebrates the innovations of a remarkable man and friend of WCQS, Bob Moog. We are excited to share coverage of this and many other dynamic stories from Western North Carolina with the rest of the state.”

Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.

From there he went to National Public Radio, where he rose from associate producer to newscaster for All Things Considered. He left that job in 1990 to help start an alternative school in Washington, DC. Frank returned to NPR as a freelance news anchor, guest host of Talk of The Nation and other national programs, and host of special news coverage.

He also presents audio theater workshops for children and teachers and conducts radio journalism workshops for broadcasters in former Soviet-bloc countries.

WCQS listeners can hear The State of Things live from the WCQS studios Thursday and Friday each day from noon to 1.

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