Meet Sebastian Matthews

Poet & Author, Teacher, Jazz Aficionado,
Listen to Sebastian Matthews’ show  “Jazz on a Summer’s Day
Tuesday 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Gracefully tall with a boyish facial expression Sebastian Mathews strolled into the WPVM studio on a mild winter’s day in late January. Had you been there, you would have never guessed Sebastian had spent years in physical therapy recovering from a head-on collision that nearly killed him and his wife.

We soon discovered that Sebastian’s close brush with death and his long recovery had deepened his appreciation for life, his affection for poetry and jazz, and his abiding love for our Asheville community. Is it any wonder that Sebastian show, Jazz on a Summer’s Day, has become one of our most listened to programs?

Sebastian is the second son of the award-winning poet and jazz aficionado William Matthews who famously said, “I would like to tell you that one of the primary reasons for being alive is to experience the pleasure of being alive.” Sadly, Sebastian’s father passed away from a heart attack on November 12, 1997, the day after his fifty-fifth birthday.  Fortunately, Sebastian inherited his father’s love of jazz and his eclectic collection of the best of jazz recordings, which spans decades.

Sebastian’s passion for poetry and knowledge of jazz has its roots in his childhood growing up with his father in the thriving artist scene of the late 70s and early 80s Seattle. He later visited his father in New York City, who introduced him to that groundbreaking time of poetry, music, theater, and visual arts.

Sebastian shares his precious collection of jazz on his weekly show “Jazz On A Summer’s Day” aired live on Tuesdays 3:00 – 5:00 pm and encored later in the week. Beside his music collection Sebastian interviews Asheville-area guests on the show, including area artists, writers, teachers, activists and musicians — to share music and talk about recent projects.

Read about Sebastian Matthews impressive teaching and writing experiences on this link.  His books include In My Father’s Footsteps (memoir)We Generous (poetry), Miracle Day (poetry) and Beginner’s Guide to a Head-on Collision (hybrid), and coming in August, Beyond Repair: Living in a Fractured State


Meet Brody Hunt

Music historian, butterfly rancher, event producer, blue yodeler, and old time finger style banjo player

Listen to Brody Hunt’s “Land of the Sky” radio show
Sundays 7:00 – 9:00 pm

WPVM’s very own music historian Brody Hunt offers you some of the world’s most sought after recordings from the early days of music on his show “Land of the Sky,” which airs every Sunday at 7 pm on WPVM fm 103.7.

Brody opens his “Land of the Sky” show with an original tune by the father of country music, Jimmie Rodgers.  Brody continues with early examples of Louis Armstrong, June Carter, Billie Holiday, and seldom heard Hawaiian recordings of the 1920-1930s, plus much more.

Brody hopped a freight train to Asheville from the Pacific Northwest, where he grew up in a musical family that dates back seven generations. With a history like that, is it any wonder that Brody obsessively collects early recordings from his homeland and other regions from the great American west?

Brody says, “Every collector finds a niche. I seek out pre-World War II country blues, tunes of out-west, hobo songs, and musicians associated with Asheville.  I love going down that musical rabbit hole and finding all those note-filled gems few remember. I especially love sharing my rare finds with our “Land of the Sky” listeners every Sunday night.

Brody, we’re glad you caught that freight train to Asheville. We’re thrilled to have your warm, folksy presence, talent, and knowledge as part of our WPVM fm family of listeners, on-air talent, and volunteers. Thank you for all you do for the Asheville community.

By the way, Brody founded the annual Asheville Shellac Bash attracting collectors from across the globe. Click HERE and listen to the 2018 Asheville Shellac Bash’s terrific after-party featuring world-class musical talent:  1) Mr. Lawrence Cohn, legendary producer, and eight-time Grammy nominee.   2) Tony Russell (London, UK) – Author of Country Music Records: A Discography 1921-1942.  3) Kinney Rorrer (VA) – Author of Rambling Blues: The Life & Songs of Charlie Poole. 4) Russell Shor – Author, Journalist, & Co-Owner/Associate Editor of Vintage Jazz Mart
5) Marshall Wyatt (NC) – Founder & Owner of Old Hat Records
6) Paul Swinton (UK) – Owner Frog Records.


Asheville. Shellac Bash 2019 poster and butterflies at the ranch




WPVM’s mission is to bring to you programs that inform, entertains and connects you to our unique community. Please make a donation to help keep community radio on the air. Go too and click on the donate option.

The Hobo Yodeler Brody Hunt


RUSS WILSONSinger, Drummer, Conductor, Entrepreneur.

Russ & the "Boys"Russ Wilson hosts “In The Groove” since 2014. The show airs Monday nights from 7:00-9:00 pm and encores Saturday 7:00 -9:00  Russ’ music can be purchased on this link.

For 38 years Russ has worked as a professional musician and has made a name for himself playing many different styles of music including Jazz, Rock, Country, Gospel, Blues, R&B, pit work for Broadway style shows and Symphonic music.
Of all these Jazz remains his first true love.

He’s had the gracious opportunity to share the stage with quite a few famous musicians during that time.For example: Charles Dungee (Nancy Wilson & Sarah Vaughn), Melva Houston (world renown Jazz singer),Jimmy Thackery (The Nighthawks), Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Mookie Brill (world renown singer and musician), Hubert Sumlin (Howlin’ Wolf’s guitarist for 25 years), Chicago Bob Nelson (The Heartfixers), Jerry “Boogie” McCain (She’s Tough!), Charlie Musselwhite (world famous Harmonica player),  Calvin “Fuzz” Jones (Bass player for Muddy Waters & Howlin’ Wolf), David Johansen (New York Dolls), Levon Helm (THE BAND), Carey Bell (world famous harmonica player), Skeeter Brandon (Hwy 61),  
Chris Thomas King (Oh Brother Where Art Thou), Dave Maxwell (pianist with Freddie King) and Bob Margolin (guitarist for Muddy Waters). 


Laura Wagenknecht
Laura hosts IN AWE on Thursdays at 9:00 am

Laura is the owner of Mosaic Business Consulting, LLC, which focuses on helping leaders to lead others well and effectively. This ultimately helps businesses become more productive and increase their bottom line.

She provides training, workshops, and seminars for leaders and employees alike. Her experience in teaching at Universities makes her uniquely qualified to provide engaging, interactive workshops for her clients. Recently as the SCORE Asheville Treasurer, mentor and volunteer, she has been organizing workshops locally about networking and influencing others to teach companies and entrepreneurs how to acquire more high-quality clients/customers.
Laura Wagenknecht, MSW, CEC, CMT
Chief Executive
Mosaic Business Consulting, LLC
Phone: (828) 338-2833


Ryan RnB Barber   Asheville Heartbeat  Wednesday 8:00 – 10:00 pm
Ryan’s music and swag can be purchased here.

Ryan RnB Barber

Asheville Heartbeat’s Ryan RnB Barber

Ryan “RnB” Barber is a proud staple of Asheville NC’s legendary music
scene, at the forefront of its funk and R&B community. Drawing from a
lifetime of singing, rapping, producing and touring across the nation, Ryan
has released 7 full length studio albums. He has also been featured on many
high profile projects, including producing on two of R&B stalwart W.
Ellington Felton’s recent albums, and also singing and rapping on the 2017
GRAMMY winning album “Infinity Plus One” by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, just
one of the groups he actively tours with.

Born to a musical family and steeped in gospel and R&B from his first
heartbeat, Ryan started his musical education in the church choir at the
age of nine, and continued adding to a deepening knowledge of rhythm and
percussion by joining the school marching band at sixteen. But it was love
for hip hop, funk, new jack swing and especially R&B that beat in his
chest, so he quickly began applying all he’d learned to producing his own
tracks, inspired by DJ Quik, J Dilla, A Tribe Called Quest, Gerald Levert
and Teddy Riley. Mixing a classic beat production feel with soulful
Southern singing and a fearless falsetto, Ryan solidified his musical
identity as a recording artist as well as a highly sought after performer
and collaborator.

Already known throughout the SouthEast as a standout voice, charismatic
bandleader, and musical workhorse, Ryan “RnB” Barber has begun spreading
his soaring funkiness across the nation. He has recently stepped out of his
comfort zone to become a part time middle school music teacher, and also an
On Air Personality/Radio Show Host at Asheville’s own WPVM 103.7 FM. From
rocking sets at Chicago’s Lollapalooza Festival to performing live on
SiriusXM in Washington, DC, Ryan delivers uplifting messages with a
timeless soul that sounds like both yesterday and tomorrow.

Nina Hart 

Nina hosts  Hart+Art

NINA ART / Photo by Nicole McConville

Nina is thrilled to offer a show on WVPM – to have the opportunity to amplify the voice of artists and help them gain visibility locally and beyond. She loves to discuss the creative process and find out what makes artists tick, what gets in their way, and how they find the resilience to keep moving forward. 

Nina is a writer, performer, KaizenMuse Creativity Coach, and Gateless Method writing teacher. Her first collection of surreal short fictions called “Somewhere in a Town You Never Knew Existed Somewhere” was selected as a finalist in Foreword Reviews’ IndieFab Book of the Year Awards. Nina was also an original member of the experimental dance troupe Contraband, in San Francisco and, playing a purple electric bass, has recorded and performed with numerous bands. 

Nina spends her time as a right-brained, highly sensitive, creative entrepreneur. She is passionate about helping artists and writers find their voice and reclaim the hooligan kid spirit that most people have buried under an “adult” veneer. Nina considers herself to be an improvisational writer – she was a blocked writer until she rediscovered the curious part of herself who could play, experiment, and explore. Nina is the founder of a unique method of teaching writing called “Writing from the Top of your Head,” which combines group Creativity Coaching with creative writing. She offers online workshops, writing retreats, workshops for youth, and 1:1 coaching.  You can check out her website here:

SEBASTIAN MATTHEWS – Jazz on a Summer’s Day – Tuesday 3:00 -5:00 pm
Sebastian Matthews

Host of “Jazz on a Summer’s Day” airing Tuesdays 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Sebastian Matthews has been living with his family in Asheville since 1999.

He is the author of a memoir, two poetry collections, the hybrid book Beginner’s Guide to a Head-on Collision, and a book of micro essays, Beyond Repair: Encounters in a Fractured World, due out this fall. His The Life & Times of American Crow, a graphic “collage” novel, will be transforming itself into a trade paperback by year’s end.

Matthews taught for over a decade in Warren Wilson College’s undergraduate creative writing department as well as at the Queens University at Charlotte’s MFA program. He currently teaches in the University of North Carolina at Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program and serves both on the board at Vermont Studio Center and on the advisory board for Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts & Letters.

Sebastian has been a lover of jazz and jazz history most of his life and has been dabbling in community radio since college, most recently with Jeff Davis on WordPlay back when WPVM was housed adjacent to the downtown public library.

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