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

Make your gift to WCQS between now and 9 o'clock Wednesday morning (April 9) and you'll be entered in a drawing to win a pair of tickets to the May 22nd performance and recording of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! at the Chase Bank Auditorium. Our winners will fly direct from Asheville to Chicago on United Airlines, thanks to our friends at Asheville Regional Airport.

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, but we need your help!

Sow True Seed

It's the first day of our shortened Spring Membership Drive. Thanks to sustaining members and to everyone who pledged early for cutting FOUR days from the originally planned nine-day drive. We worked to together to shorten the Membership Drive. Now let's work together to raise the remaining funds needed to keep YOUR public radio station on track. 

Our community of listeners said YES to more news and music and a shorter WCQS membership drive this spring! The drive was scheduled to run for nine days, April 3 - 11. Thanks to loyal and generous supporters, we have been able cut four whole days from the drive and will run April 7 - 11 instead.  
 

WCQS listeners have cut THREE DAYS from the upcoming Membership Drive! Let's keep the momentum going and cut four or more!

For every $30,000 raised by March 31st the upcoming Membership Drive will be shortened by a day. It can be a nine day drive, a five day drive or even a one day drive! The choice is yours.

WCQS listeners are responding to our call to shorten the upcoming Spring Membership Drive. The drive has already been shortened by TWO DAYS, and we're working on shortening it by a third. Let's keep the

momentum going!

For every $30,000 raised by March 31st, the upcoming Membership Drive will be shortened by a day. It can be a nine day drive, or a five day drive – or even a one day drive! The choice is yours.

WCQS listeners are responding to our call to shorten the upcoming Spring Membership Drive. The drive has already been shortened by one day and we're working on shortening it by another!  Let's keep the momentum going!

For every $30,000 raised by March 31st, the upcoming Membership Drive will be shortened by a day. It can be a nine day drive, or a five day drive – or even a one day drive! The choice is yours.

Our weekend documentary slot features episode of BackStory for the next 5 weeks.  Saturdays at 3 pm and Sundays at 6 pm.

Public radio’s contemporary take on American history, "BackStory with the American History Guys" is a show that brings historical perspective to the events happening around us today. Each week, renowned historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh take a topic from the contemporary world and spend an hour plumbing its depths, looking for the connections and disconnections between past and present.

We know you want more uninterrupted programming and fewer days devoted to the membership drive. But we also know that membership is the single largest source of funding for the service we provide. So, let’s work together to accomplish all of our goals. For every $30,000 contributed by March 31st, our upcoming membership drive will be one day shorter. Let’s raise the money it takes to bring you the programming you count on – in less time.

Every $30,000 means a shorter drive. It can be a nine day drive, or a five day drive – or even a one day drive! The choice is yours.

“What Is This Thing Called Love?”  Just in time for Valentine's Day, writer, broadcaster and composer Dean Olsher, tackles a burning question humanity has pondered for ages: What Is this Thing Called Love? This program ponders the “why” behind humans’ drive to pair up. Why do human beings feel romantic love? What happens to the brains of people who are in love? How can scientifically studying love help us navigate our relationships?

  

February 1st at 3 pm and Sunday February 2nd at 6 pm

Pete Seeger, iconic folksinger, political activist and national sing-along leader,  passed away on Monday, January 27th 2014.  Join us tonight at 7 for a special 3-hour audio journey through his life, hosted by Seeger’s biographer David Dunnaway .

Signal Outage

Jan 24, 2014

WCQS is off the air in Transylvania County. Repeated power outages have damaged equipment at the Brevard translator site.  Our Chief Engineer, Tom Spaight, is working to repair the equipment and restore and service to Transylvania County as soon as possible.  

We apologize for this inconvenience. You can listen online anytime by clicking on the Listen Live button.

If you are experiencing a signal loss not reported above, please contact our Chief Engineer, Tom Spaight tspaight@wcqs.org. 

King's Last March

Jan 17, 2014
Photo courtesy University of Memphis Libraries.

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Four decades later, King remains one of the most vivid symbols of hope for racial unity in America. But that’s not the way he was viewed in the last year of his life.

BRRR! The polar vortex affecting 26 states right now also impacts our four legged friends. Please be sure to bring outdoor pets inside. Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept indoors. Snuggle up!

For cold weather pet safety tips, read more from the American Veterinary Medical Association

As of Monday night WCQS has restored service to Cherokee County.  This afternoon service was restored in Transylvania Count. WCQS remains off the air in Macon, and Swain County - as well as  parts of Jackson County and North Georgia.  Our signals originating in Franklin, Bryson City, and Highlands are all affected.

Our holiday programming continues this season
 with offerings to celebrate the New Year.  From all of us at WCQS we wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Tuesday – 12/31

7 pm – THE PAUL WINTER SOLSTICE CONCERT
It’s an encore broadcast on New Year’s Eve of The Paul Winter Consort Solstice Concert! A holiday celebration on a spectacular scale -- Music, dance and renewal of spirit at the great turning point of the year.

WCQS will air a bonus episode of Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin this Saturday and Sunday. Alec sits down with comedian Jerry Seinfeld who debuted on HBO in 1981, the same year he first appeared on Johnny Carson. Jerry Seinfeld was 27 years old.

WCQS has a new pledge line during our year end membership drive. Call 1-855-688-3818.

Give yourself a gift that will last all year: Support WCQS now.

Greta Johnsen

In addition to doing your part for WCQS during our year-end membership drive, can also help our less fortunate four legged friends. WCQS is collecting pet food for homeless animals this holiday season.  Help make the holidays brighter for less fortunate cats and dogs by dropping by the station with canned or dry food.

NPR News will be covering the events commemorating the life of Nelson Mandela this week with a team of reporters in South Africa. In depth coverage will begin in Morning Edition on Tuesday with the Memorial Service in Johannesburg that will be attended by President Obama and former Presidents H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.

NPR will cover the event through its newscasts, news magazine shows and online. The schedule of events at this point are as follows:

Tuesday: Memorial service at FNB stadium in Johannesburg.

WCQS is running special programming for the season from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day. Be sure to check back often for updates.

From all of us at WCQS, have a happy and healthy holiday season.

Saturday – 12/28

In remembrance of Nelson Mandela, WCQS will air Mandela: An Audio History today at 2. The programs Draws from a vast collection of interviews and recordings. The hour-long audio-history celebrates the life and work of Nelson Mandela.

Joe Richman, founder of Radio Diaries and one of the producers of Mandela: An Audio History, wrote this thoughtful essay after Mandela's passing yesterday:

Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

WCQS is running special seasonal programming from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day. Be sure to check back often for updates.

From all of us at WCQS, have a happy and healthy holiday season.

Monday - 12/2

As you support organizations that mean a lot to you, your family and your community during this holiday season, consider a tax-deductible contribution before the end of 2013.  You rely on the news and music you hear and enjoy every day, and WCQS depends on your gift today.

Freedom from Want - Norman Rockwell, The Saturday Evening Post March 6 1943.

WCQS' special programming begins Wednesday, Nov. 27 with celebrations for Thanksgiving and Chanukah.

Be sure to check back often for updates. From all of us at WCQS, have a happy and healthy holiday season.

Wednesday, Nov. 27

2 pm CANDLES BURNING BRIGHTLY

Join hosts Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock for a one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. There's plenty of music from Jewish communities around the world, plus an exploration of holiday traditions, and a special story reading by the incomparable Theodore Bikel.

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

Source: HeraldSun

To mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, WCQS will air We Knew JFK: Unheard Stories from the Kennedy Archives.

Hosted by legendary journalist Robert MacNeil, We Knew JFK is a radio documentary in oral history form, built around the recorded recollections of people who knew Jack Kennedy personally. Never-before-broadcast memories from JFK's confidantes recorded just after the assassination.

November 29, 2013 marks the 5th anniversary of the National Day of Listening. The National Day of Listening is a day to honor a loved one through listening. It's the least expensive but most meaningful gift you can give this holiday season. You can choose to record a story with anyone you know. Learn more.

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