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

Tune in to Country Roots this Sunday night at 7 when Wayne Erbsen welcomes The Warren Wilson College Bluegrass Band live from the WCQS studios. The band will be performing at The White Horse in Black Mountain on April 20 and at The Feed & Seed in Fletcher on April 22. You can get a sneak preview Sunday night at 7 on Country Roots.

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. 

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.

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