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

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.

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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. 

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