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WCQS Becomes BPR Classic

Blue Ridge Public Radio is proud to announce that WCQS will now be known as BPR Classic - the same station longtime listeners love and trust, just with a new name.  

A year ago, Blue Ridge Public Radio launched WCQS’ sister station, BPR News, a 24-hour news station that complements the mix of music and news found on WCQS. Now, Blue Ridge Public Radio is strengthening the family resemblance by renaming WCQS as BPR Classic.

BPR Classic will continue to feature programming from the local team that WCQS listeners trust and respect, including Jeremy Loeb, Helen Chickering and Chip Kauffmann.

BPR General Manager David Feingold said, “We know listeners value the balance of news, music and stories they find with BPR Classic. That’s why it’s so important for us to let everyone know that, while the name has changed, the content and journalists remain the same. We chose the name BPR Classic as a nod to both the classical music people look to from WCQS and the fact that we are continuing WCQS’ decades-long tradition of providing NPR content to Western North Carolina.”

Listeners can download the free BPR mobile app or visit BPR.org for the latest local and national news, program schedules, live streams and more for BPR Classic and BPR News. 

Matt Bush joined Blue Ridge Public Radio as news director in August 2016. Excited at the opportunity the build up the news service for both stations as well as help launch BPR News, Matt made the jump to Western North Carolina from Washington D.C. For the 8 years prior to coming to Asheville, he worked at the NPR member station in the nation's capital as a reporter and anchor. Matt primarily covered the state of Maryland, including 6 years of covering the statehouse in Annapolis. Prior to that, he worked at WMAL in Washington and Metro Networks in Pittsburgh, the city he was born and raised in.