At WPVM, radio is an art form; it’s a part of our society; it colors how we act and treat each other; it’s much bigger than a tool for propaganda or to make a dollar. WPVM is different radio; we believe it is a way to intimately connect our communities; locally, nationally, and globally. More than a century old, radio is an ever-evolving medium that continues to define itself. Check out our “Best of WPVM” show featuring Brody Hunt and his band of Pals from around the world at the afterparty following the 2023 Asheville Shellac bash,
Future of Radio
There has been lots of talk about AM radio being removed from automobiles or that the young don’t even have a receiver in the home.
Something not mentioned during the handwringing is technology has expanded the reach of radio, and analog is just an early part of how radio is heard. See all those devices in the above graphic? That is how radio is now heard.
Streaming opened up niche stations to the world, and WPVM has seized upon that asset, and we have regular listeners from around the world. Our combined digital and analog listeners are around 10,000 that tune in at least once a month. The map shows all countries that have visited our website in the past month.
BUT commercial radio does face some serious competition; this reflects several problems with radio…too many commercials that dominate most of the hour, with stations playing the same music over and over. The threat of AI replacing live radio personalities is looming. This only makes community radio even more attractive to listeners who appreciate the personalities and content a station like WPVM freely shares. They appreciate hearing about a new writer, a local musician, or band, or a community leader on the air. And people do love being invited to be on the radio.
But back to the looming removal of AM from automobiles….Many automakers are moving to subscriptions,……including entertainment, along with plans to charge subscriptions for your heated seats, steering wheels and other premium perks.
Radio transmission is a magical medium and an art form that has been exploited & abused since its beginning to be a cash cow. WPVM views presenting the best of what radio can be as our main mission. As the major patron of WPVM, management is committed to funding the station as long as we have quality programmers,……interviews, live in the studio, and more are excellent for spreading the good word about our unique station.
WPVM is dedicated to reflecting radio as an art form that entertains, inspires, informs, and sometimes provokes critical thinking.
There are many ways to listen to WPVM; On your home or car radio at 103.7, on your computer or other device with our new app or directly from the website, on late-model cars using Apple Carplay.
We are seeing a large increase in our listenership accessing our programming using mobile devices. Use the QR codes to download our app to your device of choice.
WPVM fm is Asheville’s arts and culture radio. Listener supported non-commercial radio for the Asheville community. Listen to remember, listen to forget.
WPVM fm President: Davyne Dial
WPVM fm’s General Manager
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.
Upon retiring from the design world Davyne fulfilled a dream of attending Penland School of Craft to study fine metal work. She hopes to resume her metal work once the station is well established in the community.
She is a co-founder of the “New WPVM”, the non-profit she helped establish obtained the license to broadcast from MAIN in 2015 and 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 developing the station to it’s fullest potential for the community. Visit Davyne on Facebook.