WPVM Honors Veterans


In February of this year,
WPVM premiered a new monthly show, “NCServes Western Veterans Radio Hour.”
NCServes, now known as Veterans Services of the Carolinas (VSC)—a local division
of AmericaServes—is a non-profit organization that o
veterans, service members and families of both, access to a range of supportive
sources from superior housing and emergency service providers to employment,
recreation and fitness, health and well-being, financial capabilities and more.
Kevin Rumley 
Coordinator, Buncombe County
Veterans Treatment Court 
The show is presented
live on the first Thursday of the month at 11 a.m. and rebroadcast on Tuesdays
at 5pm. Each show presents experts in specific fields important to veterans and
their families. One of the featured guests, Christy
Shortridge, an Air Force veteran currently working on her master’s degree in
social work, shared: “WPVM is giving us veterans an unstifled voice to speak to
our brothers and sisters in a very candid manner that otherwise we wouldn’t
have. We are so grateful.”
Following their mission of
giving back to their much-loved Asheville community, managers of WPVM 103.7FM,
Ms. Davyne Dial and Dr. Herbert Johnson, who acquired the FCC license for the
not-for-profit station in June of 2015 (building the long-dormant station into
a strong, positive voice of the community), consider it a privilege to
broadcast the “NCServes Western Veterans Radio Hour.” The couple sees the
program as a vital addition to their already notable lineup of informed show
hosts well-versed in the fields of arts and culture, with a focus on vintage
and regional music, as well as politics and current events—all covering
subjects important to Asheville and the surrounding communities.
“It’s especially
reassuring to know that women veterans and veterans’ families are being cared
for and offered support services through NCServes Western,” remarked Ms. Dial,
who is the daughter of a World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veteran, as
well as the former wife of a Vietnam War combat serviceman. “I’m happy that
WPVM can play a part in focusing on these needs. In fact, I felt working with
this group was nothing less than a sacred opportunity.” ~