Michelle Keenan

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 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 WCQS family.

Michelle enjoys many creative outlets, traveling and spending time with two and four legged family members and good friends.

Ways to Connect

During this season of giving, we wanted to share a special story about an act of generosity that recently made a big impact on Blue Ridge Public Radio and Working Wheels (formerly Wheels for Hope).

When Jim and Kendall Oliver of Asheville bought tickets for BPR’s Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle earlier this year, they did so to support the station, without a thought to actually winning the raffle. When they won, no one was more surprised than they were. They immediately wondered how they could parlay their windfall into something even more positive. 

Wow! We made the Fall Membership Drive goal - without interrupting programming.  This marks our 6th Drive without one moment of interruption to the news and music that you count on. Thank you to everyone who supported this terrific community effort!

The Inaugural Asheville Moth GrandSLAM Championship will take place October 30th at Diana Wortham Theatre.  The GrandSLAM competition will feature winners from the monthly SLAMs in a battle of wits and words - fierce, hilarious, heartbreaking and all points between. The theme is "Fish Out of Water".  

Two stations, one goal - and no program interruptions. It's the Blue Ridge Public Radio Fall Fund Drive! Our goal is $200,000 by September 27th for uninterrupted programming. Blue Ridge Public Radio - WCQS / BPR News is listener supported and your donation makes everything you count on possible. Support what you value: responsible reporting and journalism with insight and meaning, cultural celebration - and no program interruptions. 

The winner for Blue Ridge Public Radio's 2017 Ticket to Ride Raffle was drawn at 5:34, live on-air in the Blue Ridge Public Radio studios. The winner is Jim Oliver of Asheville! Congratulations! 

Jim will choose between an Audi A3 and a VW Golf Alltrack from Harmony motors. We'll post more pictures when he claims his prize. 

Thanks to everyone who entered the raffle. Only one person could win, but you are all winners to us. Raffle purchases support the programming you rely on everyday. 

The grand prize drawing for Blue Ridge Public Radio's Ticket To Ride Summer Raffle is today! Tune in tonight at 5:30 to find out who will drive away in a new Audi A3 or VW Golf Alltrack from Harmony Motors. Last year's winner will join Helen Chickering and other BPR staff members in the studio to pull the lucky winner's name.

Blue Ridge Public Radio's Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered. Raffle ticket purchases support programming on WCQS and BPR News. The winner will be drawn at random and announced on air on August 16, 2017. 

The winner will choose between an Audi A3 or VW Golf AllTrack from Harmony motors. Stay tuned for all the details. 

Thanks to everyone who entered the raffle. You're all winners to us. 

Start your engines!  Blue Ridge Public Radio's 6th annual Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle starts Friday, July 7! $100 could put you in a 2018 Audi A3 or 2017 VW Golf Alltrack from Harmony Motors.  You choose the car. You choose the color. Only 999 tickets will be sold, and the deadline to enter is August 3, 2017. 

The lucky winner will get to choose between the following vehicle prize packages:

Fresh Air opens the window on contemporary arts and issues with guests from worlds as diverse as literature and economics. Terry Gross is known for her extraordinary ability to engage guests of all dispositions. May 11th marks Fresh Air's 30th anniversary. It's a remarkable milestone for one of public radio's most loved and respected hosts and programs. We hope you'll join us in celebrating Terry Gross and her team.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our Spring Membership Drive! The goal was $225,000 by April 12 for uninterrupted programming - and you did it! This marks our 5th consecutive Membership Drive without one moment of fundraising interruption to the programs you love.

The deadline for our Membership Drive is fast approaching!  The goal is $225,000 by April 12 for uninterrupted programming. This is our 5th fundraising season without one moment of program interruption. We're asking you to support the programming you value during regularly scheduled breaks. Give now for programming that enriches your life and fundraising that respects your listening experience.

WCQS is pleased to announce expanded service for Western North Carolina with the launch of its all-news sister station, BPR News, beginning March 6.  The growth is reflected in a new name, Blue Ridge Public Radio (BPR), which will be home to both stations.

The wildly popular Moth StorySLAMs will continue in Asheville throughout 2017. The StorySLAM is a monthly competition, where the stage is open to any and all with a story to tell on the evening's theme. The schedule and themes [as posted] are listed below.

Thank you to everyone who supported WCQS in 2016! Our year end campaign was a great success, exceeding the $100,000 goal.  Your gifts help WCQS stay on track as we begin the New Year and ensure that WCQS will be here for you in 2017 with thoughtful journalism that fosters understanding, bridges divides, and broadens perspectives. The news, music and everything you enjoy on WCQS is powered by listener support.

Generosity lies less in giving much than in giving at the right moment.” –Jean de la Bruyere

As you consider your year-end gifts to organizations that make a difference in your life, we hope you'll consider WCQS among them. And as your resource for insight and information, we also thought you might appreciate some thoughts about tax-conscious philanthropy to help you maximize the impact of your generosity.

NPR

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. We're happy to once again see that Asheville is a great place for public radio. Please follow the ticket link to get on the waiting list for returns. We'll post the list of Michelle's guests very soon.Thanks very much.

WCQS and NPR are proud to present Michel Martin Going There: When Your Hometown Gets Hot February 7th at Diana Wortham Theatre. 

Now more than ever, independent journalism and public radio programming is essential to our democracy! Everything you hear on WCQS is made possible by listener support. Our year-end goal of $100,000 by December 31st will keep WCQS on track to continue to bring you insightful news, well reasoned voices and amazing music when you need it most. 

Photo Credit: Michael Mauney

After three decades of service to public radio audiences in Western North Carolina, WCQS Music Director Dick Kowal will retire at the end of April, 2017.

Dick joined WCQS in 1986 when it was still a fledgling station. In the years since, the station has become an essential arts and culture resource for the region.

Today is #GivingTuesday - a global day of coming together and giving back to our communities. Here at WCQS we're excited to be a part of this event, because coming together, making connections is what public radio is all about. We are bound by a commitment to life-long learning, civic responsibility, and a compassion for the world and its people. As you take time to support organizations that make a difference in your life and in your community today, consider a gift to WCQS.

Last month WCQS welcomed Krista Tippett, host of On Being, to Asheville as part of the Faith In Literature Festival at UNCA. One of the highlights of the festival was a conversation between Krista Tippett and Isabel Wilkerson, author of “The Warmth of Other Suns.”

On November 18 WCQS switched its Haywood County translator frequency from 95.3 FM to 102.9 FM.

The switch was made due to FCC regulations. The transfer to 102.9 FM allows WCQS to continue uninterrupted service to  listeners who rely on 95.3 FM in parts of Haywood and Swain counties, or listeners traveling the I-40 corridor in that region. Listeners in Waynesville and Clyde at 89.7 FM will still receive WCQS at that frequency.

The comedy troupe that puts the mock in democracy is heading to Asheville. The Capitol Steps will be at the Diana Wortham Theatre for three shows - October 28th and 29th. No matter who you're pulling for, there’s plenty of fodder this election cycle and the show promises to tickle the funny bone.

Keith Woods, NPR Vice President for Diversity in News and Operations, who leads the development of National Public Radio’s vision and strategy for diversity, and writes regularly on race and the media, will give a free public talk on Dog Whistles, Diversity and Election 2016 at 7 p.m. in UNC Asheville's Humanities Lecture Hall on Thursday, October 6. This event is presented in partnership by UNC Asheville's Center for Diversity Education, the university's Department of Mass Communication, and WCQS.

On the Walls at WCQS: A selection of the Isaiah Rice Photograph Collection, titled "The Way We Were," will be on display at WCQS, starting October 7, 2016. The photos depict Asheville's African-American community from the 1950's to the 1970s. WCQS will host an an opening reception at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 7. The photos will be on display through November at WCQS, located at 73 Broadway. Visitors are welcome Monday through Friday, 9 to 5, except holidays. 

You did it! WCQS listeners raised $200,000 for the Fall Membership Drive by September 21st for uninterrupted programming. It was a terrific show of community support, and every pledge to WCQS was matched by generous sponsors to benefit health, education and income partner programs of the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County.

WCQS is only as vibrant and vital as the community we serve. That's why we are proud to partner with United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County this fall. The WCQS Membership Drive is on! Every gift pledged to WCQS by September 21st will be matched by a pool of generous sponsors to benefit the work of United Way.

Mountain Xpress

It's been an exciting week at WCQS, and the jewel in the crown was being named the #1 Local Radio Station (non-commercial)  in the Mtn X Best of WNC 2016. Thanks to the readers of Mountain Xpress for selecting WCQS, for the second year in a row! We are honored to serve the people of Western North Carolina. You will hear our thanks every day.

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