WNCW – finally legal

Goin Across The Mountain on WNCWNorth Carolina public radio station WNCW celebrates its 18th year broadcasting today, having signed on for the first time on October 13, 1989. Popular WNCW bluegrass show Goin’ Across The Mountain will close out their big day, running from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. (ET).

Show host Dennis Jones noted with pride in a recent email that in the most recent ratings period, more than twice as many listeners tuned in during Goin’ Across The Mountain than at any other time during the week. Like so many other FM broadcasters, WNCW also streams their signal live online, so anyone, anywhere with an Internet connection can listen in.

Dennis also asked that everyone who listens to bluegrass programming on public or community-supported radio make a point to indicate their support for the music they love.

“It is important that everyone at this Fall Fundraising season across the US be aware that it’s the support of each person that keeps bluegrass on the air, and will even add hours in some cases. So they should call their local public stations and make their voices heard.”

He also mentioned a premium offering for supporter of WNCW this year – a two CD collection of live recordings made at the station called Crowd Around The Mic. It isn’t all bluegrass, but does include tracks from The Infamous Stringdusters, Randy Kohrs and the Lites, Uncle Earl and Sam Bush.

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  • On behalf of WNCW and its many listeners, I wish to thank those of you who called in your support of Goin’ Across The Mountain and The Gospel Truth. Dennis Jones, Jerry McNeely and “cast of thousands” hammered home huge exclamation points at both the beginning and end of WNCW’s fall 2007 pledge drive. Bluegrass bookends!

    We couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    I hasten to add that during Saturday’s pledge drive/broadcast Dennis and Jerry were both inducted into the Cleveland County (NC) Bluegrass Society’s Hall of Fame for their many years of bringing Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel music to the airwaves of Western North Carolina, Upstate South Carolina, Eastern Tennessee, and the entire world via WNCW and WNCW.org (http://www.wncw.org).

    Congratulations, Dennis and Jerry!

    Thanks again!


  • I need to correct myself. Dennis Jones and Jerry McNeely were inducted into the Carolinas Country, Bluegrass & Gospel Hall of Fame! Again, congratulations, gentlemen!