Friends of WPVM Board of Directors

Davyne Dial, President

Professional Designer  1982 – 2012. Davyne began her professional career as a designer in New Orleans developing and operating a  business in the French Quarter adjacent to Jackson Square. She re-located to Asheville in 1989 to further her studies in metal work at Penland School, and John C. Campbell.  Current Designs

She has distributed her designs to exclusive retail shops and catalogs, nationwide.  Her work has appeared in national magazines, and graced the  display windows of Saks Fifth Ave flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City.  She has produced instructional lessons on the lost art of  couture level millinery  that are available on DVDs.

She feels the opportunity to help develop WPVM from a dormant radio station is a thrilling challenge and and honor to be a part of

University of Maryland European Branch, Columbus College, Columbus, Georgia
Loyola University , New Orleans, La.  Penland School of Crafts,  John C Campbell

Treasurer, Herbert Johnson MD, retired USCG Captain, 1957-1981  

Retired Physician (GP), Graduate of Dartmouth with undergraduate in German Literature and Pre-Med. Medical Degree from Northwestern School of Medicine. Upon graduation Dr. Johnson went into the US Public Health Service (USPHS). After his four years of public service he was discharged and went into private practice. In 1974 Dr. Johnson re-entered the USPHS, and  was assigned to the US Coast Guard Academy  hospital and also  served as ship physician on the  Coast Guard training ship Barque Eagle, (one of the world’s unique tall ship vessels) sailing out of New London, Ct.

After retirement Dr. Johnson continued his adventures that began on the Barque Eagle,  traveling extensively to remote places in Western Africa including  Timbuktu, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Ivory Coast,  Ghana, Benin, Nigeria and Mauritania.  Dr. Johnson expanded his  knowledge of primitive art and collected significant pieces of museum quality tribal sculpture. Further adventures  included visits to Turkey and South America including  a boat trip from the origins of the Amazon River through the Amazon Valley photographing dangerous reptiles while on a herpetology expedition.

Dr. Johnson has contributed to the local community via  generous contributions to scholarships for students at UNCA, where he was the highest individual contributor to the scholarship fund for over a decade.  Further local philanthropy includes  gifts by artists Thomas Hart Benton, Will Henry Stevens, Grant Wood  and Reginold Marsh  to the Asheville Art Museum.  Dr Johnson is the major patron reviving the radio station from being dormant for years.

Laura Hope-Gill

2008 NC Arts Fellow in Creative Nonfiction
Poet Laureate of the Blue Ridge Parkway
North Carolina Society of Historians Award-Winner
Founding Director of Asheville Wordfest
Author of:
The Soul Tree (poetry)
Look Up Asheville I and II (Architectural History)


James Nave’

James Navé’s life and work are synonymous. Over the past twenty-five years, he has traveled the world in the service of poetry, art, creativity, and storytelling. He teaches people how to engage their dreams, trust their creative instincts, and design life on their terms. His signature Imaginative Storm Creativity Workshops have launched many successful performance and writing careers.
He hosts Twice 5 Miles Radio: Futile Ground for Conversations Worth Having on WPVMFM in Asheville, NC. He is the director of the Taos Poetry Festival and the Taos Storytelling Festival. He founded Poetry Alive!, a theater company devoted to performing poems as stories for students and educators around the world. He designed The Artist’s Way Creativity Camp in Taos, NM with creativity author Julia Cameron. He is a founding member of TEDxNewYork Salon which has been hosting a weekly NYC salon since 2009. Navé is the Poetry Slam Master of the LEAF Festival Poetry Slam, one of the most important poetry slams in America. Navé holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College and has memorized over 500 poems.

He has worked with such diverse companies as Timex, Pepsi, the National University of Ireland, Galway, North Carolina Outward Bound, Gettliffe Architecture, International Schools around the world, Create Oklahoma, Adidas, LKB Coaching Associates, Paris, Adrian Leeds Real Estate Group, Paris, and The Open Center, NYC

Matt Daniels

Owner of Arrow Sound Studios in Fletcher North Carolina, music and video production

Matt has years of professional radio experience that he freely shares with the station, and is responsible for assisting in  upgrading our technical network and audio quality.







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