WPVM General Manager a Hit in NY!

WPVM General Manager a Hit in NY!


Davyne Dial, WPVM general manager, 
was a recent guest speaker at the Grassroots Radio Conference in Rochester, New York. Her topic, “Social Media Savvy,” showed her audience how to incorporate live video to Facebook, cameras, smart phones, and mics to capture action or live programming. Davyne also explained to the radio station attendees how to use social media to help establish their brand in their particular communities to vastly increase their reach and engagement.

Asked about the response, Davyne, who used PowerPoint to enhance her presentation, said her audience seemed dazzled—they had no idea such connections were possible. Verifying this, feedback from her audience was enthusiastic, like from Theresa Mitchell, radio commentator and music programmer for KBOO in Portland, Oregon: “A great presentation! You did a terrific job!


A radio personality who later watched the video of Davyne’s talk confirmed this, calling it a “‘revelatory presentation that a vast majority of community radio stations are not knowledgeable about…and Davyne, with her immense technical expertise, presented the facts in a way that her audience could get it!

Bluegrass Banjo

Bluegrass Banjo

Raymond Fairchild

A favorite
of WPVM listeners is its play of old and new regional music—especially featuring
the distinctive music of the banjo!

Here are three great local banjo stories to enjoy:

Dom Flemons

An entertaining
5-minute listen from Blue Ridge Public Radio (BPR) writer Cory Vaillancourt featuring Haywood County’s “elder
statesman of mountain music” Raymond Fairchild and Grammy Award-winning American songster Dom Flemons.

Billy Scribbles and Mikey 
Merrill on Asheville streets
—travel writer, folklorist and busker (including playing banjo and
spoons on the streets of Asheville)—shares a 
Facebook post about playing with Raymond Fairchild. A delightful read!

Photo on left of Billy with Mikey Merrill of Madison County. “The Reverend,” as Billy calls him, is the real deal!

a short picturesque
video of Billy playing banjo
during his current adventures on the road out west.)

Roscoe Holcomb

The Discovery of Roscoe Holcomb and the High Lonesome Sound

A 2015 article from The New Yorker magazine by Amanda Petrusich on Roscoe Holcomb; Bob Dylan described Holcomb’s work as exhibiting a certain untamed sense of control. 

WPVM presents “Land of the Sky” radio
show on Sundays at 7:00-9:00 pm which features 78 rpm recordings of regional
music—with lots of banjo! Plus the station’s weekday afternoon programs highlight current musicians influenced by traditional regional sounds such as Steep Canyon Rangers, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and many other artists with local roots; along with vintage recordings by Bascom Lamar Lunsford and Jimmie Rodgers.  Enjoy!
Celebrating Women

Celebrating Women

In celebration of the Suffrage Centennial—when women won the
vote in August 1920—and as a way to support the modern women’s movement, WPVM recently
premiered a special interview program, “Women Fighting the Good Fight.”

The Women’s 
Suffrage Movement

The first show featured Justin Souther, the senior book buyer
and store manager at Malaprops (Asheville’s renowned bookseller) and Cornelia Powell, fashion historian, guest speaker and writer. 

brought a number of books from the store to “show and tell” focusing on the
suffrage movement in the U.S. as well as in Great Britain, sharing stories of
courageous women who gave their lives to this 72-year-long struggle for the
vote. Cornelia (who is presenting a series of lectures over the next year
around the Southeast—one titled, “Dress to Protest: What Women Wore to the Revolution”) interjected anecdotes from suffrage history. 

Remember the Ladies

Cornelia will join Davyne Dial—WPVM’s general manager and tech diva extraordinaire—at future randomly scheduled programs throughout the next year. (Plus, Justin will return as more books on women’s suffrage and woman-centric topics hit the book shelves at Malaprops.) Stay tuned. ~

The Woman’s Hour
ps: Check out WPVM’s website page with listings of Suffrage Centennial celebrations—including exhibitions and lecture series—around the country over the next year-plus! Do you have plans for a celebration or commemoration that is not listed on the WPVM site? Then please email us and let us know so we can add it to our group!

(Other books Justin shared about: Votes for Women and Death in Ten Minutes.)

WPVM Honors Veterans

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.” ~


Our Beloved Patron

Our Beloved Patron

Welcome to
WPVM’s new blog! Most fittingly, our first feature is Dr. Herb Johnson, the
station’s main and most beloved patron.

Recently Dr.
Herbert Johnson had a revelation while sitting in the lobby of WPVM 103.7 community
radio station in downtown Asheville—a station which he and his wife, Ms. Davyne
Dial, manage since acquiring the FCC license in 2015. He was looking at the old
black and white photographs on the wall, taking him back to his childhood in
Chicago when his father was a professional musician, playing during the Big
Band era of the 1920s and ‘30s with the likes of Paul Whiteman, known as the
“King of Jazz.”

“My God!”
thought Dr. Johnson—who has had a long and fascinating life full of both
disappointment and success—”my life has come full circle! It started out
in ‘show business’—listening to my dad on the radio—and now it’s circled back
again!” Indeed, a feature of WPVM 103.7FM is their musical programs of vintage
music including live and recorded Big Band music.


The decades
in-between have been just as revelatory. Dr. Johnson graduated from medical
school at Northwestern in 1960 (attending less out of his own passion and more
because his immigrant parents were committed their sons be “professional” men),
but he was not happy in private practice—a time when family medicine was
becoming too much about the business of medicine. After a stint in the Public
Health Service, Dr. Johnson was assigned as doctor aboard the legendary tall
ship USCGC Eagle, a Coast Guard
training cutter (built in Germany before WWII), but had to retire from the
Coast Guard (retiring as a full colonel) when he became sick with encephalitis.
Suffering organic brain damage, Dr. Johnson spent nearly a decade relearning to
speak and to walk. Wondering what to do during his rehabilitation time, he
“heard” the message: “you’ll read what you’ll find most boring” and, in turn,
read every available book on the stock market. (The only one he found not boring was Andrew Tobias’ The Only Investment Guide You’ll Need,
reading it twice!) As a result, he became a very successful investor.

It was not
the last time Dr. Johnson heard “a mystical voice,” as he calls it, speaking to
him, sending him messages of guidance and instruction. Although he moved to
Asheville in 1989 because of the VA hospital, there could have been a “message”
of a more intimate nature in that decision because he met Ms. Dial a year later
and they’ve been together ever since. In Asheville, Dr. Johnson, putting his
successful investments to good use, became the largest personal donor to
UNC-Asheville, starting a book scholarship for students. But the real satisfaction for Dr. Johnson—highlighting his
generous spirit—was the deep pleasure of philanthropy!

Back to that
“full circle.” When they had the chance to acquire the FCC license for the
long-dormant community radio station WPVM 103.7FM, Dr. Johnson and Ms. Dial
didn’t want to pass up an opportunity to give back to their much-loved adopted
city. Concerned with the country’s dwindling sources of independent media, the
couple welcomed their new career, investing
time, money and joy in the station! Through the not-for-profit Friends of WPVM,
they’ve established a dynamic community voice, with a roster of informed and
entertaining show hosts including programs featuring music of all stripes—and
with a little “show biz” vibe! ~