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  • Program Director
  • Classical Music Host

    Chip Kaufmann was raised in Greenville SC. He attended the University of South Carolina where he studied film and first learned about classical music. After graduating from Furman University he participated in Spoleto USA and worked for SC...

  • General Manager & CEO

    David Feingold is General Manager and CEO of Blue Ridge Public Radio. He grew up in Brooklyn (as he says "before it was cool") and fell in love with broadcasting at his college's student radio station. David spent the first part of his career...

  • Technology Assistant

    Duncan Fowler joined Blue Ridge Public Radio in April of 2016. He is a member of the Tech team that helps keep Blue Ridge Public Radio on the air.

    Duncan grew up in rural Vermont, listening to Vermont Public Radio from a young age.  He...

  • All Things Considered Host, Reporter

    Helen Chickering is a reporter and host of All Things Considered on Blue Ridge Public Radio.  She joined the station in November 2014.

    Helen grew up in Texas.  Her broadcast career began in television news in 1985 at WLBT, the NBC...

  • Business Manager

  • Director of Technology & Broadcasting

    Jason Reed is the Director of Technology & Broadcasting at WCQS. He joined the station in October of 2014.

    Jason grew up in the small community of Wears Valley, TN just outside of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg TN. After graduating from...

  • Reporter & Morning Edition Host

    Jeremy Loeb is a reporter and host of Morning Edition on WCQS. He joined the station in December 2014.

    Jeremy grew up in Durham, North Carolina. He got his start in radio as an intern at WHQR Public Radio in Wilmington, NC while...

  • Membership Associate

    Jodi John Pippin is the Membership Associate at WCQS, coordinating the Sustaining Membership Program, the Generation Listen group and the WCQS Volunteers.  Jodi was born and raised in Florida, but spent her summers in the mountains of Western...

  • Underwriting Representative
  • Operations & Programming

    Back in 1986, after working very hard in various jobs including landscaping, commercial fishing, cable tv, telephone and electrical construction, I graduated from Southwestern Community College with a degree in Video and Audio production. Soon...

  • News Director

    Matt Bush joined Blue Ridge Public Radio as news director in August 2016.  Excited at the opportunity the build up the news service for both stations as well as help launch BPR News, Matt made the jump to Western North Carolina from Washington...

  • Arts Producer

    Matt Peiken, BPR’s first full-time arts journalist, has spent his entire career covering arts and culture.

    He spent ten years at the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota writing profiles, opinion columns, and trend stories on visual,...

  • Weekend Edition Host

    Matthew Barlow is the host of Weekend Edition on Blue Ridge Public Radio. He joined the station in November 2014. A lifelong fan of NPR, Matthew is proud to be a part of the BPR family. Aside from his love for being on air with listeners, he...

  • Membership Director

    Michelle Keenan is the Director of Membership at WCQS. 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...

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