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

NPR is hosting a T-shirt Design Challenge this August with the popular crowdsourcing vendor Threadless, inviting listeners and the global Threadless community to submit and/or score designs based on the theme "My Sound World."

This Threadless "Causes" project engages listeners,  encourages creativity, and promotes the public radio brand in a popular space. It's also an opportunity for users and visitors to the Design Challenge page on Threadless.com to donate to their favorite public radio station.

Join us in congratulating our Early Bird Prize-winner, Carla Parvin! Carla won $1,000 in gas from Ingles!  (Everyone who entered the raffle by midnight August 4th was entered in the Early Bird drawing.)

Carla is also still in the running for our Grand Prize - a 2013 VW Passat TDI SE from Harmony Motors; our Getaway Prize, a luxurious stay at The Old Edwards Inn and Spa; and our Spirit of Adventure Prize, a Dagger Mamba kayak and Yakima roof rack from a generous sponsor.

Tune in Wednesday, August 7, 2013 during the 5 p.m. hour when we announce the winner of the WCQS Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle Early Bird Prize of $1,000 in gas from Ingles! 

Whoever the lucky winner is, their name will go right back into the pot for the rest of our Summer Raffle prizes, including our Grand Prize, a 2013 VW Passat TDI with clean diesel technology. If you haven't had a chance to get your lucky Ticket to Ride, you can purchase them right now.

Peter Sagal, Carl Kasell and panelists Brian Babylon, Bobcat Goldthwait and Roxanne Roberts wowed the sold-out crowd at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium August 1st. Lots of pictures were taken and we'd like to see them! If you managed to your mug snapped with any of the Wait Wait cast or crew or 'Not My Job' guest, Charles Frazier, send them our way.

Peter Sagal, Carl Kasell and panelists Brian Babylon, Bobcat Goldthwait and Roxanne Roberts wowed the sold-out crowd at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium August 1st. Lots of pictures were taken and we'd like to see them! If you managed to your mug snapped with any of the Wait Wait cast or crew or 'Not My Job' guest, Charles Frazier, send them our way.

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.

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The wait is over! Peter Sagal and Carl Kassel are bringing Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! back to the 'Cesspool of Sin' August 1st for a live show at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

Please join us in welcoming our panelists (a drum roll please!) . . .

WCQS has a handful of VIP tickets left for the upcoming Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! show on August 1st. VIP tickets are $150 a piece and include some of the best seats in the house and a post performance reception, catered by the Corner Kitchen, with the cast and crew of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Proceeds from VIP tickets benefit WCQS.

Peter, Carl and the rest of the Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! gang return to the Cesspool of Sin August 1st at 7:30 pm. in the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

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.

WCQS partners with ASAP -- the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project -- for tailgate market updates, heard Thursdays and Fridays during Morning Edition (5am - 9am). 

What’s fresh at markets this week? What isn’t! These days, summer favorites like beans, bell peppers, cabbages, eggplants, potatoes, and tomatoes are joining an already seasonal abundance of greens, summer squash, berries, and peaches.

WCQS partners with ASAP -- the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project -- for tailgate market updates, heard Thursdays and Fridays during Morning Edition (5am - 9am). 

Summer is officially here! Although the season’s full bounty has yet to arrive to area tailgates, produce ambassadors have been dispatched from the fields to tantalize taste buds and tell of what’s to come.

Time to enter the WCQS Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle is running out! Midnight tonight is the deadline! Let's put the pedal to the metal and make this raffle a success! For $50 you can help support WCQS and you may win one of our fabulous prizes! Be a winner today and enter now!

We've had an overwhelming wonderful response when we announced our upcoming trip Rediscover Cuba - A Cultural Exploration. So much so, we added a second trip to Cuba next spring. Both trips initially sold out, but we now have a few spaces on the trip departing February 18, 2014. The spaces won't last long, so be sure to sign up now if you are interested.

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It's official - Western North Carolina loves Peter Sagal and Carl Kasell. Tickets for the August 1st Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! show at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium went on sale Thursday June 6th and sold out the very next day!

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WCQS is bringing Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! the oddly informative news quiz from NPR back to Asheville August 1st. Tickets went on sale at 10 am June 6th and are almost sold out as of Friday afternoon, June 7th! Get yours before they're gone!

Tony Nagelmann / NPR

WCQS is bringing Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! The Oddly Informative News Quiz from NPR back to Asheville this summer. Host Peter Sagal, official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell and a few of their [yet to be named] witty panelists will return to the 'Cesspool of Sin' for a live show at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium August 1st. The Asheville performance will be broadcast nationwide on Saturday, August 3rd.

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