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WNC ADVOCATES FOR GAY RIGHTS HAIL COURT RULING

Jun 26, 2013

Western North Carolina advocates for gay rights and the right to marry are hailing today's Supreme Court ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.  The  Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality, Reverend Jasmine Beach-Ferrara says the ruling is a big step forward but much work remains to be done in North Carolina.  She spoke with David Hurand

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

Summer is officially here! Although the season’s full bounty has yet to arrive to area tailgates, produce ambassadors have been dispatched from the fields to tantalize taste buds and tell of what’s to come.

The 2013 Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Book finds that children in the U.S. continue to make gains in education and health, despite the growing number of children who live in poverty.  David Hurand spoke with Laura Speer about the well being of children living in North Carolina.

Brevard Music Center Performances on WCQS

Jun 25, 2013

The Brevard Music Festival has begun it's 2013 season  and once again WCQS is there to bring you the excitement and artistry of live concerts from this nationally known center of music performance and education.

Listen throughout the summer as WCQS and our colleagues from WDAV Davidson bring you concerts of orchestral and chamber music performed by internationally known artists such as Joshua Bell, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Keith Lockhart, JoAnn Falletta and Matthias Bamert, as well as Brevard's own artist-faculty from across the United States.

July Fourth Gas Prices to Remain Stable

Jun 25, 2013

Gas prices are expected to remain stable in the Asheville area through Independence Day. David Hurand spoke with a senior petroleum analyst with Gas Buddy Dot Com.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jun 21, 2013

Arts and Culture Guru and Beer Guy, Tony Kiss marches into the weekend.  On tap, lots of live theater, great music, and a couple of new movies.

NC Not for Profits Maybe Hit By Tax Reform

Jun 21, 2013

The North Carolina General Assembly is expected to adopt  some form of tax code reform during its present session.  Among the proposals, changes to the way the state collects sales taxes, including charging sales tax on some professional services.  Also under consideration, tightening or eliminating exemptions that benefit most not-for-profits.  David Hurand spoke with the Managing Director of Diana Wortham Theater about one proposal that could lead to higher ticket prices.

Time to enter the WCQS Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle is running out! Midnight tonight is the deadline! Let's put the pedal to the metal and make this raffle a success! For $50 you can help support WCQS and you may win one of our fabulous prizes! Be a winner today and enter now!

Buncombe County Property Tax Rate Going UP

Jun 19, 2013

The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners is set to approve the county 2013-2014 fiscal year budget. The $337 million spending plan includes a significant increase in the county property tax rate.  David Hurand spoke with Mt. Xpress reporter Jake Frankel about the budget.

The flow of public money for candidates running for the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the State Supreme court is coming to an end.  The  state budget that the Republican controlled General Assembly is expected to approve eliminates funding for the judicial candidates.  David Hurand spoke with the Executive Director of the Institute for Southern Studies, which publishes Facing South and Southern Exposure, Chris Kromm about the demise of public financing of judicial races.

Asheville Autism Pride Week

Jun 14, 2013

The first Asheville Autism Pride Week runs June 16th-through June 22nd.  David Hurand spoke with one of the events participants  Dave Spicer.  To see the full schedule of Autism Pride Week events visit their web site.
http://autismprideweek.org

We've had an overwhelming wonderful response when we announced our upcoming trip Rediscover Cuba - A Cultural Exploration. So much so, we added a second trip to Cuba next spring. Both trips initially sold out, but we now have a few spaces on the trip departing February 18, 2014. The spaces won't last long, so be sure to sign up now if you are interested.

Weather Watch: Wet Spring

Jun 14, 2013

It's been a record setting wet Spring for much of Western North Carolina. David Hurand spoke with Atmospheric Sciences Professor and WCQS weather expert Ed Brotak about why the region has seen so much rain and the June to November Hurricane Season.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jun 14, 2013

Tony Kiss checks out the entertainment scene and offers his suggestions for the Father's Day
Weekend.

Wet Weather Won't Stop Gardeners

Jun 13, 2013

Many farmers and back yard gardeners have been spending a great deal of time working in the rain.  David Hurand spoke

with WCQS gardening expert Alison Arnold about the wet Spring and plants that are thriving.

Settlement Offer or Intimidation Attempt?

Jun 12, 2013

Asheville City Council has made it clear  it will not drop the city's legal challenge of a state law that transfers control of  the Asheville Water System to the Metropolitan Sewerage Distrct and a Regional Authority.  David Hurand spoke with Mt. Xpress Senior News Reporter David Forbes about the will of council and a recent email exchange between members of the local delegation to the General Assembly and Mayor Terry Bellamy.

Tony Nagelmann / NPR

It's official - Western North Carolina loves Peter Sagal and Carl Kasell. Tickets for the August 1st Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! show at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium went on sale Thursday June 6th and sold out the very next day!

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jun 7, 2013

Tony Kiss takes a look at the Arts and Culture scene in Western North Carolina.  High on his agenda, lots and lots of live theater, an Art Walk, free music from the porch of the Thomas Wolfe House, and a couple of new movies.

Asheville's River Arts District On the Move

Jun 7, 2013

The first of two annual River Arts District Studio Strolls takes place Saturday and Sunday (June 8th - 9th).

David Hurand spoke with Asheville Citizen Times reporter Jason Sandford about the pace of change along the river in Asheville.

"LOCAL BILLS" ON GENERAL ASSEMBLY AGENDA

Jun 6, 2013

It has been a couple of weeks since the North Carolina Senate sent its' version of a new state budget to the house.  While many lawmakers have focused much of their attention on the budget and proposals to overhaul the state tax system, Republican members of the General Assembly from Buncombe County have been busy introducing bills that directly effect local government.  David Hurand spoke with Asheville Citizen Times reporter Mark Barrett bout the unusual number of bills that hit close to home...

Tony Nagelmann / NPR

WCQS is bringing Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! the oddly informative news quiz from NPR back to Asheville August 1st. Tickets went on sale at 10 am June 6th and are almost sold out as of Friday afternoon, June 7th! Get yours before they're gone!

WNC Teacher Named Yale Distinguished Educator

Jun 5, 2013

An Asheville Public School teacher has been named a recipient of the Yale University Distinguished Music Educator award.  David  Hurand spoke with Ruben Orengo about the honor and his career as a musician and teacher.

Russian Delegation Visits WNC

Jun 4, 2013

A delegation  from Ural Federal University in Ekaterinburg, Russia recently spent ten days in Western North Carolina.  David Hurand spoke with members of the delegation following lunch at the Rotary Club of Asheville.  

Tony Nagelmann / NPR

WCQS is bringing Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! The Oddly Informative News Quiz from NPR back to Asheville this summer. Host Peter Sagal, official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell and a few of their [yet to be named] witty panelists will return to the 'Cesspool of Sin' for a live show at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium August 1st. The Asheville performance will be broadcast nationwide on Saturday, August 3rd.

Friday at 2 Windy Music

May 29, 2013

Listen Friday afternoon at 2 for another live performance from our studios.  This week we'll hear music for wind instruments played for us by Apollo Winds. The origins of the group of five wind  players go back to Mozart's time. Apollo Winds will bring us music from that time to the present in their program.

Members of Apollo Wind Quintet are faculty members at UNC-Asheville and freelancers in the area.

http://apollowinds.com

Governor Pat McCrory says he will let a bill become law that shifts control of the Asheville Water System to the Metropolitan Sewerage District.

Tailgate Market Report

May 9, 2013

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

Associate springtime with fresh peas? You're right! Shell peas, snow peas and snap peas (or sugarsnaps) can be found at area tailgate markets now. The season will continue through early summer. Also look for a small selection of green beans, and possibly even a few fava beans.

Radio quiz show 'Wait, Wait' coming to Asheville

Apr 10, 2013

The popular radio quiz show “Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me” will return to Asheville this summer to tape a broadcast at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

Moogfest Will Be Back In 2014!

Apr 10, 2013
Rich Orris

 Moog Music has announced dates for its next electronic music festival and its' new co-producer.

David Hurand spoke with the Asheville based company's Senior Brand Manager Emmy Parker.

Introducing WMQS 88.5 FM Murphy

Apr 8, 2013

WCQS, Western North Carolina Public Radio, Inc. can now be heard on WMQS 88.5 FM. The new station serves Cherokee County, including Murphy, Andrews and Brasstown, as well as parts of Clay County and in Georgia, parts of Union County, Fannin County and Towns County.

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