Blue Ridge Public Radio Launches on WNC f.m. dials

From a newsletter sent out by Blue Ridge Public Radio:

WCQS launches its new all-news sister station and unveils its new brand today! Blue Ridge Public Radio will be home to WCQS – the station you know and love – and BPR News – an all-news and information channel.

The addition of 24-hour BPR News reflects Blue Ridge Public Radio’s commitment to wider and deeper coverage of the news and the stories of Western North Carolina. BPR News will carry several of NPR’s daily current events programs not found on WCQS, including “On-Point” and “Here and Now.” Weekend listeners can tune in to “Ask Me Another” and “The TED Radio Hour.” New local programming will be added over time.

WCQS’s format will continue with its blend of engaging music and news, which has made it one of the most popular stations in the region. Both stations will feature increased reporting of Western North Carolina news by the expanded local news staff, including Matt Bush, Jeremy Loeb, Helen Chickering, and Davin Eldridge.


As a public media network, Blue Ridge Public Radio is licensed to the community, not to commercial enterprise. The strength of listener and business support has enabled BPR to make this important investment and expansion of service.We believe listeners will be moved, inspired, and informed in new ways with WCQS and BPR News on Blue Ridge Public Radio.

WCQS and BPR News can be heard on a network of transmitters and translators in Western North Carolina and anywhere in the world via the live stream at, the BPR app, and the NPR One app.

Please send your thoughts and questions about the service expansion and BPR News 
About Able Allen
Able studied political science and history at Warren Wilson College. He enjoys travel, dance, games, theater, blacksmithing and the great outdoors. Follow me @AbleLAllen

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.