Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Nov 22, 2013

The Asheville Holiday Parade, lots of theater, and a couple of new movies top Tony's list of things to do.

Tommy Hays will read from and sign copies of What I Came to Tell You Nov. 23 at 3 pm at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Asheville Resident Honored with NC Award

Nov 21, 2013
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A Western North Carolinian has been awarded the state's highest civilian honor.  The North Carolina Award for Fine Arts was presented  to John Cram of Asheville at a banquet in Durham. David Hurand spoke with John Cram about the award.

WCQS classical music host Chip Kaufmann celebrates his 30th year with the station November 21st.

Friday at 2: A French Feast for Winds

Nov 20, 2013

Join us Friday at 2 for another performance from our studios. This Friday, it's a French Feast for Winds with musicians from Pan-Harmonia.  We'll hear colorful and seldom-heard works for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn by French composers Darius Milhaud, Vincent D'Indy, and Albert Roussel.

Dick Kowal will be your host Friday at 2.

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The apparent reversal by the U.S. Justice Department to approve the merger of American and US Airways includes a commitment to keep one of the new airline Hubs in Charlotte. The agreement, if finalized, will create the the largest airline in the world.  David Hurand spoke with Brookings Institution Senior Research Associate and Associate Fellow, Adie Tomer about the merger and what it may meqan for smaller regional airports, including Asheville Regional Airport.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Nov 15, 2013

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra concert at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium tops Tony's list of things to do. Also high on his agenda,  singer Amy Grant performs at the University of North Carolina Asheville and  there's a CD release party to benefit Manna Food Bank.  Guitarist Johnny Marr performs at the Orange Peel, and comedian Joe Zimmerman takes the stage for two nights of  humor.  The highly anticipated French film Blue is the Warmest Color is on the big screen.  Lots to do, so little time.

Not Your Grandmother's Scrabble

Nov 15, 2013
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It’s 8:30 on a Saturday morning, and the main room of the Asheville Senior Center is buzzing with conversation. People are walking in, carrying the cymbal bags that drummers use, greeting one another like they’re long lost friends.

No, it’s not a drumming circle, though that’s perhaps just as likely in Asheville.

This is the 2013 Asheville Scrabble Tournament, and it’s serious stuff.

Friday at 2: The Lovestruck Suckers

Nov 14, 2013

This Friday at 2 join us for another program from our performance studio as Lovestruck Suckers join Dick Kowal to play and talk about their music.  Made up of singer-songwritier Silas Durocher and members of the Opal String Quartet (Mariya Potapova, violin; Kara Poorbaugh, viola, and Franklin Keel, cello) Lovestruck Suckers' music explores themes such as heartbreak, love, and how to find beauty and motivation in a capricious world.

NC Congressional Delegation May Lose Clout

Nov 13, 2013

The  recent announcement by Representative Howard Coble that he won't seek re-election may have an impact on the clout of the North Carolina delegation to Congress.  It may also serve to enhance the influence of 10th District Representative Patrick McHenry. David Hurand spoke with High Point Enterprise reporter Paul Johnson about Coble's decision.

WNC Counties Sit Out Crime Index

Nov 11, 2013

Crime statistics have been compiled by North Carolina counties since 1973, but not by all counties. David Hurand spoke with Carolina Public Press reporter Jon Elliston about the the numbers and the Crime Index.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Nov 8, 2013

Its a big weekend for movies and music.  The Asheville Cinema Festival offers more than 50 films. Everything from features, documentaries, shorts, and more.  A couple of long awaited films have opened in the area. The highly acclaimed 12 Years a Slave  and All is Lost starring Robert Redford.   WideSpread Panic will rock the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville  and the Asheville Choral Society and Symphony Chorus present the Brahms German Requiem with 220 singers.

Manheimer Elected Asheville Mayor

Nov 6, 2013
Erin Brethauer/Black Mountain News

Attorney Esther Manheimer has been elected mayor of Asheville.  Manheimer was any easy winner over her challenger, former city employee John Miall.   The polls had only been closed a little over an hour when it became clear that the current Vice Mayor would win by a comfortable  margin.  Unofficial results show she captured over 68% of the vote. 

Ann Patchett on writing, Parnassus, and dogs

Nov 5, 2013

  Author Ann Patchett’s new book, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, is a deeply personal collection of essays that explore Patchett’s familial, romantic, professional, and even canine relationships.

While Patchett is perhaps known best for her novels Bel Canto or State of Wonder, she also has an extensive career writing nonfiction.

Here, Patchett discusses how writing nonfiction shaped her fiction; what it was like to compile the book; and her role as an inadvertent spokeswoman for independent bookstores.

Election Day is Upon US

Nov 4, 2013

It’s election day across the US, and that includes municipalities and cities in Western North Carolina.

In Asheville, two candidates are running for mayor: Vice Mayor Esther Manheimer and former city employee John Miall.

There are also five candidates vying for the city’s three city council seats-- Cecil Bothwell, Mike Lanning, Gordon Smith, Jonathan Wainscott and Gwen Wisler.

Polls are open until 7:30 p.m. for voters in Asheville and Buncombe County’s other incorporated municipalities.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update...

Nov 1, 2013

November has arrived  but the Arts and Culture scene is still in the mood for Halloween and a bit more of October.  Tony Kiss stops  by with some tips on what to do in the days  ahead.  High on his list, the late great Hank Williams comes alive on stage, Bluegrass with special guest David Holt, and several  new movies, including a film from Saudi Arabia.   Tony also reports that the Christmas Holiday season is underway at the Biltmore Estate.

Halloween Candy $$$$

Oct 31, 2013

Halloween is ghost, goblins, costumes, and cash.   Annual candy sales in the U.S. are in the billions. A Chicago based research firm that compiles candy sales data reports that Reese's , which is part of the Hershey Company,  is number one with annual sales of nearly $510 million, M & M's is next with annual sales of nearly $501 million , M & M's is one of the lines sold by Mars, and third in annual sales, Snickers witch is also manufactured by Mars.  David Hurand  has more on our appetite for candy.

WCQS partners with ASAP - The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project - for tailgate market updates, heard Thursdays and Fridays during Morning Edition (5 - 9 a.m.)

Last week, we shared several seasonal surprises available at farmers tailgate markets. This week, we’re surprised there are even more unexpected finds to be found! Look out for cardoon, sweet potatoes in all shades, and sugar snap and snow peas…

It's Not You, It's Me!

Oct 29, 2013

The independent film It's Not You, It's Me  was written, directed, and produced by Asheville native Nathan Ives.  Ives has followed an unusual path to become a Los Angeles based film maker and he is taking a novel approach to marketing his film.  He spoke with David Hurand.

One Year Later: Super-Storm Sandy

Oct 28, 2013

One year ago the deadly and destructive Super-Storm Sandy made its way up the eastern seaboard of the United States.  Its' impact was felt in nearly two dozen states, but New Jersey and New York took the brunt of the storm.  Rob Young is the Director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University.  He spoke with David Hurand about his column in USA Today,   the rebuilding effort, and the lessons learned one  year after Sandy.

WCQS talks with Asheville City Council, Mayoral candidates

Oct 28, 2013

Before the Nov. 5 general election in Asheville, WCQS brings you conversations with each of the five candidates running for city council and the two candidates for city mayor.

Tune in each weekday at 6 and 8 o'clock to hear the interviews, or click the links below.

City Council Candidates

Mayoral Candidates

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Oct 25, 2013

Lots to do, so little  time!  An electronic music festival, a benefit for the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort featuring David Holt,  an evening of Jazz in Waynesville,  live theater, and new movies, including a couple of documentaries. Tony Kiss takes a look at some of the entertainment offerings as we approach Halloween.

Poverty Forum Confronts Domestic Violence

Oct 24, 2013

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  This week the President and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence was in Western North Carolina.  Kim Gandy was the keynote speaker at the Third Annual Poverty Forum sponsored by Pisgah Legal Services.   Before her address,  Trapped by Poverty, Trapped By Abuse, Pursuing Justice for Victims of Domestic Violence, she spoke with David Hurand

NC Supreme Court Justice Asked to Recuse Himself

Oct 21, 2013

Earlier this month,  plaintiffs challenging North Carolina's 2011 Congressional redistricting plan filed a motion asking State Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby (new-bee) to recuse himself from the case.  David Hurand spoke with Sue Sturgis, editorial director for Facing South, a publication of the Institute for Southern Studies about the latest round in the battle over political boundaries.

Seven members of the North Carolina U.S. House Delegation voted to fund the federal government and raise the debt ceiling, six voted no, including  Republican Mark Meadows of the 11th Congressional District.  Rep. Meadows was the author of a letter that was signed by 79 of his Republican colleagues that urged House leaders to support the shutdown as part of a strategy to deny funding of the Affordable Care Act.  David Hurand has more.....

Quiet at the Climatic Data Center

Oct 16, 2013

While Senate Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement to reopen the federal  government, it was another unusually quiet day today at the world's largest active archive of weather data.  The partial shutdown of the federal government,  which  began the first of October, has left  the  National Climatic Data Center in Asheville  with a skeleton crew.     David Hurand stopped by the Federal Building along Patton Avenue to visit with  an essential employee at the Center. 

 Same-sex couples have been invited to apply for marriage licenses in Western North Carolina, despite a 2012 state ban.

Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger says he wants the North Carolina Attorney General to address the conflict between the state’s 2012 constitutional amendment illegalizing same-sex marriage, and the US Supreme Court’s declaration that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional

Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin concludes this week with interviews with Debbie Reynolds and Turner Classic Movie's Robert Osborne.

The program airs Saturday at 3 and Sunday at 6.

Baldwin gives the listener unique entrée into the lives of artists, policy makers and performers. Alec sidesteps the predictable by taking listeners inside the dressing rooms, apartments, and offices of people such as comedian Chris Rock, political strategist Ed Rollins and Oscar winner Michael Douglas and musican Billy Joel.

This season Alec talks with:

WCQS partners with ASAP - The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project - for tailgate market updates, heard Thursdays and Fridays during Morning Edition (5 - 9 a.m.)

It’s fall, y’all, and that means we’re shining the Get Local spotlight on local apples! Last year was a difficult one for area apple growers. Luckily, it’s a different story in 2013.

The League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County will hold an Asheville City Council candidate forum tonight at 6 at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville's Reuter Center. Tonight's forum moderator is WCQS News Director David Hurand.