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.
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
The Soul Tree (poetry)
Look Up Asheville I and II (Architectural History)
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 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.