Best of WPVM Radio

Over the years we have had the pleasure of creating some of the best music, culture and news content in the SE USA. Some examples are present for you to enjoy below.

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Russ Wilson Conduction Rhapsody in Blue in 2013 – William Bares on piano

Russ Wilson conducting Centennial Anniversary of Rhapsody in Blue at Lipensky Auditorium

Brie Capon live in the stuidio

On March 10, 2020 Host Sebastian Matthews interviews local poet and musician Keith Flynn  on Sebastian’s show Jazz On A Summer’s Day heard live each Tuesday 3:00 – 5:00 pm.


“Flynn’s words need to be read aloud for the full dramatic impact,” writes Jennifer MacPherson in The Comstock Review, “but even on the page, they mesmerize the reader with their historical significance and startling juxtapositions. These are original, passionate, vigorous and musical narratives that roam the full spectrum of the art. Keith Flynn is a true original, and a national treasure.”

As a widely traveled poet and performer, Flynn has always used  different voices to accomplish his aims.  Serving as lyricist and lead singer from 1986 to 1998, Flynn’s poems were blasted to full effect by the double-barreled sonic accompaniment of The Crystal Zoo, which produced three albums: Swimming Through Lake Eerie (1992), Pouch (1996) and Nervous Splendor (2003), an innovative compilation of music and spoken word.  Flynn is currently on hiatus with his most recent group, 3-man combo, The Holy Men, whose first album, LIVE at Diana Wortham Theatre, was released in 2011.  (See LIVE at White Rock Hall below for his current musical offerings.)

Flynn is also the author of five collections of poetry: The Talking Drum (1991), The Book of Monsters (1994), The Lost Sea (2000), The Golden Ratio (2007) and The Skin of Meaning (2020).  His first collection of essays, The Rhythm Method, Razzmatazz and Memory: How To Make Your Poetry Swing, was published by Writer’s Digest Books in 2007 (“a tornado speed tour through modern and postmodern poetics. . .and one of the most engaging, soulful, generous, and truly exciting books I have ever read.”  – Fred Chappell —  “[The Rhythm Method] is destined to become a classic reference and teaching resource.”   – The Writer’s Digest Roundtable of Editors”)

Live on NC Serves Radio

Jake LaRue is a Certified Peer Support Specialist and an equine specialist. He is a Marine Corps Veteran who served with a Tactical Air Control Party during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Jake grew up in Dania Beach, Florida and traveled extensively both during and after his active duty enlistment, ending up in Asheville, North Carolina. He became interested in equine therapy after meeting Horse Sense president, Shannon Knapp at a meditation retreat in 2013. Equine therapy was so impactful on his life that he chose to pursue it as a career. Jake has been trained in Trauma-Focused Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning. He facilitates a weekly “Fall in Friday” group for veterans and their caregivers and serves as an equine specialist as a member of individual treatment teams. Jake’s own journey of recovery and self-discovery provides a unique perspective to the Horse Sense herd.

Rhapsody in Blue Score – Ferde Grofe

“My heart, my soul, my life’s breath!
My “be all – end all” favorite piece of music. Hands Down!
I’ve had the gracious opportunity to conduct this piece 4 times, so far.
This is the score that Ferde Grofe sketched out before making Whiteman’s conductors score (separated into instruments).
I got to hold this incredible piece of history in the Library of Congress.
When I first opened the large file folder and looked at this page I cried.” ~~ Russ Wilson

Russ Wilson conducting & William Bares on piano

Kieth Flynn and Charter Weeks, in the studio, to talk about the new book by Flynn and Weeks. “Prosperity Gospel,” tells the story of people devastated by the 2008 recession.