One of WRES’ earliest goals was to serve “not just the black community, but the community, period, aimed at people of low wealth,” says cofounder John Hayes. The station celebrates 16 years on air, with a banquet celebrating Hayes and his many contributions to the community, on Saturday, Aug. 19.
For the Rude Boys, who headline the inaugural Autumnfest at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, a chance meeting with soul singer Gerald Levert led to a signing with Atlantic Records.
At the intersection of Coxe and Patton avenues in downtown Asheville, a set of speakers broadcasts a healthy menu of music—from Motown to jazz to blues and gospel—while a DJ waves at passers-by from behind the glass. John Hayes. Photo By Jonathan Welch The man behind the window is John Hayes, the head of WRES-FM, […]