Moral Monday Protest Comes to Asheville

Aug 5, 2013

The leader of the Moral Monday Protest movement in Raleigh and the President of the North Carolina NAACP was in Asheville today where he announced the NAACP  will file a law suit to block recently adopted election laws passed by the General Assembly. David Hurand has more.....

Moral Monday Protest Comes to Asheville

Aug 5, 2013

The President of  North Carolina NAACP Rev. William Barber and the leader of the Moral Monday Protests in Raleigh  came to Asheville today and announced the civil rights organization will sue to block new voter rules recently passed by the General Assembly.  David Hurand has more.....

Tony Kiss Weekend Update:

Aug 2, 2013

Tony Kiss takes a look at the Arts and Culture scene and offers his tips for an exciting weekend.

Wait Wait.... It's Carl Kasell!

Aug 1, 2013

Carl Kasell, the official scorekeeper for the NPR News Quiz Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me anchored newscast on NPR for thirty years.  The North Carolina native's voice can also be heard on hundreds  of  answering machines across the country.  WCQS reporter Greta Johnsen spoke with Kasell recently about living in the South, waking up early to deliver the news on Morning Edition, and not taking life too seriously. 

It's Over: Boyle and Bele Chere

Jul 31, 2013

The 35th and final Bele Chere street festival has come and gone.  The City of Asheville has decided it can no longer afford to fund the event.  Asheville Citizen Times reporter and columnist John Boyle spoke  with David Hurand about the end of what has been billed as the largest free street festival in the southeast.

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 Kiss Weekend Update

Jul 26, 2013
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Bele Chere weekend has arrived.  Tony Kiss takes a look at the weekend entertainment scene including the music line-up for the festival, Folkmoot, lots of theater, and a couple of new movies.

Rain, Rain, Rain.....Wet Gardening

Jul 25, 2013

The wet summer has our gardening expert Alison Arnold worried about one of her favorite vegetables. On the other hand Alison says the rain has been a blessing for some berries and a variety of road side attractions. She spoke with David Hurand.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Jul 19, 2013
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Tony Kiss takes a look at the Arts and Culture Scene in Western North Carolina.  High on his list, Folkmoot USA, The Guild Craft Fare, Downtown After 5,  lots of unique theater and movies.....

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.

District Elections Maybe in Asheville's Future

Jul 18, 2013

A significant change maybe in store for Asheville voters.   David Hurand spoke with Mt. Xpress reporter Jake Frankel about a bill being considered by state lawmakers in Raleigh that would impose district elections for seats on Asheville City Council. 

State and Duke Energy Coal Ash Agreement

Jul 17, 2013

A tentative agreement has been reached that could lead to a settlement of a state lawsuit against Duke Energy.

Astronaut Dr. Tom Marshburn back from Space

Jul 15, 2013

North Carolina native Dr. Tom Marshburn recently returned to earth after spending five months in space aboard the International Space Station. He spoke with WFAE reporter Duncan McFadyen and David Hurand.

Wet Weather Gardening with Alison Arnold

Jul 15, 2013

WCQS gardening expert Alison Arnold is not easily deterred.  She says the rainy days of summer won't get her down but she will tread lightly in the garden.