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

Tune in this Saturday at 3 and Sunday at 6 for Re:sound - The Hearing Show. In this special documentary from PRX we listen in on hearing — a complex system of circuitry that is vulnerable to all sorts of interruptions, misfires and breakdowns.  Highlights include:

The Rest Is Silence - by Brian Calvert
Amanda McDonough has had hearing problems all her life. She wore hearing aids and hid the fact from everyone she knew. Mostly she got by, until she made a decision that changed everything.

Open Air Brevard

Jun 18, 2015

This summer, WCQS is pleased to bring you Open Air Brevard, music recorded in performance at the renowned Brevard Music Center. Partnering with WDAV Davidson, each week we bring you a glimpse into activities at the Festival, including conversations with the artists and live performances of magnificent music by the artists, faculty, and students at BMC.

Join us for Open Air Brevard Sunday afternoons at 3 and Wednesday mornings at 10.

The Brevard Music Center (BMC) announced today that virtuoso violinist Sarah Chang will open its 79th season on Saturday, June 20 at 6PM at Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium. Ms. Chang replaces pianist André Watts, whose sudden illness necessitated a cancellation of his BMC opening night performance. Ms. Chang will perform Bruch’s exquisite Violin Concerto No. 1, considered by many to be the German composer’s most famous and celebrated composition.

WCQS can now be heard in Henderson County on 99.3 FM. The new frequency is expected to improve service and expand the WCQS signal to parts of Henderson County previously unserved.

Just before Josh Jourdan was deployed for active duty, we learned that Dick Kowal and WCQS were being awarded a special commendation. The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, an extension of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, recognized Dick Kowal and WCQS as a Patriotic Employer for contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America's National Guard and Reserve force.

Public radio fans in Western North Carolina gave Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep a warm welcome recently. Inskeep, who was in Cherokee and Asheville as part of his book tour for Jacksonland, spoke at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and at Malaprops. He also, very graciously, made time for WCQS at a private luncheon. 

image by: (Library of Congress).

What does the notion of national remembrance really mean? This is a country awash in monuments. They adorn traffic circles, street corners and, of course, the National Mall. We’ve memorialized everything from famous soldiers and statesmen, to big ideas or major events – and a lot in between. Yet our ambivalence towards these monuments is as old as our enthusiasm for them. Case in point: The Washington Monument. Ever wonder why there isn’t actually an image of Washington on it?

Linda Fittante

You wake up to the voice of Morning Edition co-host  Steve Inskeep every day. Now you can have lunch with him too! Inskeep will be in Western North Carolina to promote his new book Jacksonland and has graciously agreed to spend some time with WCQS.

courtesy of The Bread and Butter Band

Tune in to Country Roots tonight at 7 when Wayne Erbsen welcomes The Bread and Butter Band and The Riverbend Ramblers live from the Vetust Study Club Performance Studio at WCQS.

The Bread and Butter Band are former Warren Wilson students and The Riverbend Ramblers are current Warren Wilson students.

Jason Falchook

Tune in Saturday at 3 and Sunday at 6 for a Mother's Day edition from The Moth Radio Hour.

Molly Ringwald finds herself in the principal's office with her daughter, a young man navigates life with his single mom, a boy who loves Barbies is terrified at the thought of playing tackle football, and a daughter contemplates how to face her mother’s death with grace. Hosted by the Moth’s Artistic Director Catherine Burns. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, Massachusetts

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It's that time of year again - time to cast your vote in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC 2015" readers poll. Once a year, thousands of residents and visitors celebrate what’s best and brightest about a very wonderful place — Western North Carolina. Let your passion for public radio shine and your voice of support for public radio be heard and and cast your vote for WCQS!

WCQS Names New CEO

Apr 29, 2015

The Western North Carolina Public Radio Incorporated (WNCPRI) Board of Directors has named David Feingold as WCQS CEO and General Manager, succeeding former President and CEO Jody Evans, who resigned in December, 2014.

If you want to help victims of the catastrophic earthquake in Nepal, but don't know where to start, you may find the following article a helpful resource. Charity Navigator has vetted 7 non-profit organizations already in action.

This week WCQS brings you a special Holocaust Remembrance Week program Confronting Hatred: 70 Years After the Holocaust. This documentary examines the ways in which the Holocaust continues to inform contemporary discussions about hate speech, propaganda, and human rights. Explore stories from people confronting hatred in their lives, their communities, and sometimes in their own hearts.

To celebrate Easter, WCQS will air a portion of this acclaimed 1981 recording of the complete MESSIAH oratorio featuring Musica Sacra and soloists under the direction of Richard Westenburg.  It is considered an ideal mix of old and new performance practices. Parts 2 & 3 make up the Easter portion of the work with Part 2 concluding with the famous "Hallelujah Chorus". The running times for Parts 2 & 3 are approximately 90 minutes and will air from 3:00 to 4:30.

That's this Sunday afternoon with host Chip Kaufmann on Encore.

Tune in Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m. for When Words Matter: A National Poetry Month Special from State of the Re:Union (SOTRU). In this episode , SOTRU explores all facets of poetry and its influence in host Al Letson's life. Letson talks to poets from all over the country about the craft, the lifestyle, the resurgence of poems, and of course, hear some incredible poetry.

Join WCQS Public Radio listeners and music lovers for a historic cruise down the Danube with classical music host Dick Kowal. You'll discover charming markets, grand opera houses and the world class museums of Prague, Bavaria, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. We will celebrate the genius of Mozart, Strauss, Beethoven, Bach and Schumann by visiting the very places these great composers lived, loved and worked.

Thanks to everyone who made a pledge to WCQS this spring and to our sustaining members, who support WCQS every day. We ended the drive on schedule, just shy of our $200,000 goal. If you've been meaning to do your part, but just haven't had a chance to give, you can make a secure online donation right now or call WCQS during regular business hours at 210-4800.

Thanks to everyone who made a pledge to WCQS this spring and to our sustaining members, who support WCQS every day. We concluded the drive Thursday afternoon just shy of our $200,000 goal. If you've been meaning to do your part, but just haven't had a chance to give, you can make a secure online donation right now or call WCQS during regular business hours at 210-4800.

"We’ll Be Here All Night: Stories for Passover” is a one-hour Passover-themed special from Tablet Magazine’s National Magazine Award-winning podcast, Vox Tablet, and PRX. The special airs Saturday at 3 and Sunday at 6.

Thanks to everyone who has made a pledge to WCQS this spring and our sustaining members, who support WCQS every day. It's been an exciting Pledge Drive this week, with 3 great Member Challenges, 2 wonderfully successful community challenges on some fun drawings, but now it's time to end this drive successfully. Our goal is $200,000 by 6 o'clock today.

At midday we have about $20,000 to make the goal. Help us count down with your contribution right now! 

Thanks to everyone who has made a pledge to WCQS this spring and to everyone who supported the Challenge match to benefit Loving Food Resources this morning. Listeners rallied for LFR, raising more than $12,000. $12,000 for WCQS means $12,000 in fresh produce for the clients of LFR thanks to the generosity of PLI and Mountain Food Products. 

WCQS is only as vibrant and vital as the community we serve. That’s why we are partnering with PLI and Mountain Food Products in support of Loving Food Resources

Thanks to everyone who has made a pledge to WCQS this spring and to everyone who supported the Challenge match to benefit Asheville Humane Society this morning. We are making great progress towards our goal, and we are happy to report that listeners rallied for the cats and dogs and the Asheville Humane Society Challenge! AHS will receive $10,000 in matching funds, from two anonymous sponsors, to benefit spay and neuter programs. 

Your gift to WCQS this morning will be matched for Asheville Humane Society. Our goal is $10,000 by 10 AM. $10,000 for WCQS means $10,000 in matching funds to benefit two spay and neuter programs at AHS.

Joining Barbara Sayer and Dick Kowal in the studio this morning is Sarah Hess, Asheville Humane Society's Interim Executive Director.

Thanks to everyone who has made a pledge to WCQS this spring. We are happy to report that listeners met our Morday Morning Edition $5K Challenge! We're making great progress towards our goal.

Our goal this spring is $200,000. At 2 o'clock Monday afternoon we had $82,000 to go to reach our goal of $200,000 by this Thursday. Your pledge today will ensure that WCQS will continue to be a vital resource for Western North Carolina tomorrow. 

Your gift to WCQS until 9 today is being matched! Fellow listeners, who pledged their support to the Member Challenge Grant Fund before the drive began, will match your contribution right now, up to $5,000. That means $5,000 from listeners during Morning Editions is $10,000 for WCQS! It's a great way to double the impact of your gift and help us reach our spring goal of $200,000.

Congratulations to Allan & Donna Tarleton of Asheville!!!

Previously: We will announce the winner of the trip for two down the Blue Danube this morning during the 8 o'clcok hour of Morning Edition. Stay tuned!

To recap - WCQS will be hosting a music lovers river cruise down the Danube River in October and two lucky listeners are going to get to go for free!

Update: Thanks to everyone who supported today's Member Challenge! It was a great success. $10,000 from listeners this morning was matched by listeners who pledged their support to the WCQS Member Challenge Grant Fund before the drive began. That means $20,000 for WCQS today!

Make your contribution today and you could win a trip for two on a Blue Danube river cruise this October!

WCQS will be hosting a music lovers river cruise down the Blue Danube in October and two lucky listeners are going to get to go for free! To be the lucky winner, make your contribution today to support the WCQS Spring Pledge Drive. You'll be supporting the programming that makes a difference in your life and you may just win the trip of a lifetime!

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