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

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…

Our bewitching lineup of Halloween programming begins Wednesday night with music and some spooktacular fun. So be sure to tune in for a special Halloween trick or treat from WCQS! 

Wednesday, October 30 - 7 pm
BackStory with The American History Guys' American Spirit: A History of the Supernatural

Our thanks to the 2,400 listeners who supported WCQS this fall, helping us exceed our goal, raising more than $257,000. Every dollar pledged to WCQS helps us stay a strong, independent source for news, music and entertainment in Western North Carolina. Every dollar pledged during the drive is also being matched by Eblen Charities to provide heating assistance to people in need this winter.

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.

Wayne Erbsen, will host a Super Picker Shindig on the October 13th broadcast of Country Roots. The show will feature live bluegrass music from the Vetust Study Club Performance Studio at WCQS, including legendary fiddler Bobby Hicks. The program is a belated celebration of Bill Monroe's 102nd  birthday and Bobby Hicks's 80th birthday.

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

WCQS listeners, WCQS Public Radio and Western North Carolina - it's a sustainable relationship. A monthly contribution to WCQS makes our service to Western North Carolina possible, and it means you help provide meaningful, relevant and inspiring programming for listeners across the region. Together we make our own lives and the lives of community members across the region better.

Become a sustaining member today.

Want to have some fun and do some good at the same time? Become a pledge drive phone volunteer! Our Fall Membership Drive is October 10 - 17.  WCQS phone volunteers take the incoming calls from listeners who call in to the station to make their contribution. It's a great way to show your support for WCQS and connect with other public radio fans.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Membership Associate, Jessica Frantz at 828-210-4812 or email jfrantz@wcqs.org.

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

It’s the pearfect week to pick up pears at area farmers tailgate markets! While Asian pears—which taste like crisp, juicy apples—have been around for a bit, additional varieties are starting to arrive. Familiar Bartlett pears have been spotted at West Asheville Tailgate Market, and perhaps less-familiar Seckel pears have been spotted at North Asheville Tailgate Market.

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

Brevard and Transylvania County listeners get ready! The WCQS signal is moving Monday, September 16th at 9 a.m. On Monday morning at 9, WCQS listeners in Transylvania County can hear us at 90.5 FM. That's this Monday - for listeners in Brevard and Traynsylvania County.

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

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

Thanks to everyone who entered the WCQS Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle!

The winners were drawn at random on August 28th at Harmony Motors. Without further ado:

The winners of our Spirit of Adventure Prize - a Dagger Mamba kayak and a Yakima roof rack are Pete and Ann Ginkel of Roswell, Georgia.

The winners of our Getaway From it All Prize - a luxurious stay at the Old Edwards Inn and Spa are Norma and Bob Kimzey of Clyde, North Carolina.

WCQS will broadcast special coverage on Wednesday for the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington. Our coverage from NPR will begin at 2 p.m.

Speakers scheduled to speak between 2-3 PM ET:
•         Representative John Lewis
•         President Jimmy Carter
•         President Bill Clinton
•         Members of the King family
•         President Obama

The speeches are scheduled to run 6-7 minutes each and we will carry them without interruption. President Obama is scheduled to speak between 2:45 PM ET and 3.05PM ET. 

Thanks to everyone who entered the WCQS Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle!

Please join us at Harmony Motors from 4 - 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28th for a raffle celebration. Our prize winners will be drawn at random shortly after 5 p.m. and announced on air during All Things Considered. You do not have to be present [at the reception] or listening [to WCQS] to win. We will contact all winners directly.

We will be drawing winners for:

Tune in today at 2 for another live performance from our studios. We'll be joined by jazz pianist Michael Jefry Stevens and guitarist Gary Moore.

That's live from the Vetust Study Club Performance Studio Friday at 2 on WCQS.

NPR is hosting a T-shirt Design Challenge this August with the popular crowdsourcing vendor Threadless, inviting listeners and the global Threadless community to submit and/or score designs based on the theme "My Sound World."

This Threadless "Causes" project engages listeners,  encourages creativity, and promotes the public radio brand in a popular space. It's also an opportunity for users and visitors to the Design Challenge page on Threadless.com to donate to their favorite public radio station.

Join us in congratulating our Early Bird Prize-winner, Carla Parvin! Carla won $1,000 in gas from Ingles!  (Everyone who entered the raffle by midnight August 4th was entered in the Early Bird drawing.)

Carla is also still in the running for our Grand Prize - a 2013 VW Passat TDI SE from Harmony Motors; our Getaway Prize, a luxurious stay at The Old Edwards Inn and Spa; and our Spirit of Adventure Prize, a Dagger Mamba kayak and Yakima roof rack from a generous sponsor.

Tune in Wednesday, August 7, 2013 during the 5 p.m. hour when we announce the winner of the WCQS Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle Early Bird Prize of $1,000 in gas from Ingles! 

Whoever the lucky winner is, their name will go right back into the pot for the rest of our Summer Raffle prizes, including our Grand Prize, a 2013 VW Passat TDI with clean diesel technology. If you haven't had a chance to get your lucky Ticket to Ride, you can purchase them right now.

Peter Sagal, Carl Kasell and panelists Brian Babylon, Bobcat Goldthwait and Roxanne Roberts wowed the sold-out crowd at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium August 1st. Lots of pictures were taken and we'd like to see them! If you managed to your mug snapped with any of the Wait Wait cast or crew or 'Not My Job' guest, Charles Frazier, send them our way.

Peter Sagal, Carl Kasell and panelists Brian Babylon, Bobcat Goldthwait and Roxanne Roberts wowed the sold-out crowd at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium August 1st. Lots of pictures were taken and we'd like to see them! If you managed to your mug snapped with any of the Wait Wait cast or crew or 'Not My Job' guest, Charles Frazier, send them our way.

2004 NPR Photo by Tony Nagelmann

Join us at 10:30 a.m. on August 3 at The Orange Peel to celebrate one of our most popular shows! WCQS listeners have been buzzing about Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! since we announced the show’s August 1 live performance in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. The show sold out in just over a day and will once again bring national attention to our neck of the woods when it broadcasts over NPR stations on August 3. WCQS and The Orange Peel want you to be part of the excitement!

This weekend marks the 35th—and final—Bele Chere festival in Asheville.

Sandra Travis, festival program supervisor for the city of Asheville, says it’s hard to picture, but downtown Asheville was essentially deserted when the city had its first Bele Chere in 1979. “It started out really small. It was a way to revitalize downtown Asheville,” she said.

Tony Nagelmann / NPR

The wait is over! Peter Sagal and Carl Kassel are bringing Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! back to the 'Cesspool of Sin' August 1st for a live show at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

Please join us in welcoming our panelists (a drum roll please!) . . .

WCQS has a handful of VIP tickets left for the upcoming Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! show on August 1st. VIP tickets are $150 a piece and include some of the best seats in the house and a post performance reception, catered by the Corner Kitchen, with the cast and crew of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Proceeds from VIP tickets benefit WCQS.

Peter, Carl and the rest of the Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! gang return to the Cesspool of Sin August 1st at 7:30 pm. in the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

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

With recent unseasonable temperatures reminding us that fall is officially only one month away, now is the time to savor the flavors of summer still available at area farmers tailgate markets.

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