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Greetings to all our listeners, guests, donors, underwriters, supporters, and friends of WPVM
On June 28, 2015, the FCC granted a transfer of the broadcast license from MAIN to Friends of WPVM, Inc. We are celebrating seven years of managing WPVM, and we are writing to you about our progress. It has been a unique learning curve, and we have done our best to deliver good radio to our listeners throughout this time. Radio has been misused and over-commercialized during its century-long history. WPVM aims to change that travesty; WPVM is dedicated to making radio an art form that entertains, inspires, informs, and sometimes provokes critical thinking.
Did you know that WPVM is one of only 60 stations in the USA that is entirely independent of corporate pressure, commercial restrictions, or manipulative messaging? We are different from other stations in that we are committed to delivering authenticity in our content, as we know that is important to our listeners. We present the best of Asheville’s Art and Culture along with news and commentary.
We have learned from listener polls that you like a lot of music content combined with some hours of news and information, so we schedule most information and news in the early hours and program music for most of the remaining hours. Check out the show listings on this page for a complete line-up.
About our hosts and DJs
Show hosts to WPVM consistently work to develop quality content for the listeners. There is something exceptional about WPVM’s volunteer show hosts and DJs and the programming they produce. These are special people who have a deep passion for their chosen genre of music or field of discussion. Some have been collecting and gathering knowledge, music, or stories since childhood and have a burning desire to share with the community, and this passion and commitment is evident in their shows on WPVM.
WPVM is “radio done better” with a strong emphasis on the arts and culture of Asheville and the region. A few of our choices for your ears are; Prosperity Gospel – Portraits of the Great Recession Interview with local author Keith Flynn & photographer Charter Weeks. View and listen to the interview on this link.
Listen to Keith Flynn’s weekly show Live at White Rock Hall on Tuesday & Sunday at 5:00 PM.
Twice 5 Miles Radio hosted by James Nave is a native of Asheville who has made a giant reputation for himself in the world of spoken word, storytelling and poetry. Friday @ 9:00 AM.
Jazz Hybrid -Tuesday & Sunday 3-5 PM with Sebastian Matthew combines vintage and new Jazz with conversations with jazz aficionados, poets and musician
WPVM’s Music Library
The period between 1920 to1980 is a 60-year golden age of music development. The arrival of radios in people’s homes was an essential element in that golden age. The evolved music has become classic expressions of that era of significant social, economic and technical evolution and will live on for centuries. WPVM’s music library of over 700,000 music tracks is a complete representation of this golden era, thanks in part to donations from radio lovers, music lovers, and fans of the station, along with several of our own show hosts like Jamie Dell’Apa, Russ Wilson, Keith Held, and Christopher Rush.
We all are yearning for something good, something enlightening, to counter the constant onslaught of bad news we have been experiencing for too long. Music and inspired programming help make our days better in these difficult times.
We are growing our local and internet audience. We have over 6000 internet device listeners, and our local radio listener audience is around 5000 listeners monthly. Combined totals amount to approximately 11,000 listeners who tune into WPVM at least once a month. Thank you all for listening.
We feature eclectic roots, classical, jazz & blues, and gospel in our daily music presentations. The music from the 1920s forward represents a unique and lasting expression of a uniquely progressive and turbulent time in the world.
Live and pre-recorded DJ’ed shows are our specialties. Check out some of the shows for some of the best music you’ve ever or never heard before. In The Groove for the ’30s to 50s, jazz, big band, and dance music. Land of the Sky early 1920s -1930s shellac records, That Record Guy for curated music from the 60-80s period. The First Rock and Roll Record Show with Jamie Dell’Apa and many more…check them on the WPVM schedule
WPVM was very active this past year in bringing District 11 Candidates to the listener. The primary season included a political debate moderated by Retired NC Supreme Court Judge Robert Orr. The Democrat Candidates forum was moderated by Mars Hill Colleges’ Dr. Chris Cooper (Distinguished Professor of Political Science & Public Affairs and Director of the Public Policy Institute
WPVM is broadcasting news from Ukraine, in partnership with the Pacifica Network and Kraina FM in Ukraine. This interview is with Dr. Stanislav Onyshchuk and is about Sergei, a member of the Azov Regiment in Mariupol, was blinded and had his leg broken by an explosion during the battle over Mariupol. Listen to the interview here.
We consider our in-depth interviews or forums on local and regional politics one of our most important services we do for the community.
On Apple Carplay manually key in WPVM to override the commercial station 103.7 from Charlotte (WSOC HD) or connect via Bluetooth.
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About our background image
It is the actual patent for Edwin Armstrong for a wireless receiving system. We colored it up a bit to go with our brand. Edwin Armstrong figured out how to make a vacuum tube receive a signal. He is also the “father of FM radio,” and we want to honor his brilliance. For more information about the development of radio technology and industrial design, check out our short documentary on this link. Asheville World of Radio