Broadcasting The Art And Culture Of Asheville To The World

    Show hosts to WPVM consistently work to develop quality content for the listeners. There is something exceptional about the people and the programming produced by those folks on our show page. These are special people who have a deep passion for their chosen field. Some have been collecting and gathering knowledge since childhood and have a burning desire to share it with the community, and this passion and commitment is evident in their shows on WPVM.

    If you have a deep passion for music, the arts, books, or desire to do programming that reflects the unique Asheville community, we would love to have you consider creating a show to be aired on WPVM. You can be one of those very special show hosts. New Hosts Information Page


    First Wave host, Peter spins classic to contemporary Punk and New Wave music and the garage and surf genres that influenced it. You’ll hear familiar tracks and artists, as well as others you did not know existed!

    Martha Bassett Show

    The Martha Bassett Show is recorded live at the historic Reeves Theater in Elkin, NC. This weekly one-hour music program blends the fabric of the national roots and Americana scene with the rich artistry, history, and flair of North Carolina’s Piedmont region.

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    Musician and former curatorial assistant at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Gary Parky is a New Orleans ex-pat who moved to Asheville in 2020. Gary has produced an eclectic music show for WHIV for several years and joined the family of volunteer DJs for WPVM in 2023.

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    Cycling through the latest and greatest tracks from Alternative, Indie, New Wave, Shoegaze, and Electronic artists, and their influences. Spin Class Host- VA- brings you featured albums from her collection…

    Choose Curious

    “Try to be one of those on whom nothing is lost,” wrote Henry James.  His advice from The Art of Fiction sums up the spirit of choosing to be curious. It’s a decision we can make about how we live our lives and do our work.

    McNair Ezzard WPVM FM 103.7 FM Asheville, NC

    Host McNair Ezzard provides an in-depth look into the people and organizations, locally, nationally and internationally, who are creating a world that works for all.

    A Better World

    Bossa Brazil

    Bossa Brazil presents a showcase of the wide and infectious varieties of A música do Brasil, from samba and Chôro to MPB, Forró, Jazz and more, including an occasional historic example…..


    Dawn Westmoreland believes that employees and employers deserve to work in safe and respectful work environments.

    David Basse

    Explore jazz’s rich living history on community and public radio stations around the country.

    The Listen & Be Heard Radio Show, is primarily for readers and writers, and in general to promote local culture everywhere.


    For 35 years Russ has worked as a professional musician playing many different styles of music including Jazz, Rock, Country, Gospel, Blues, R&B, Broadway shows and Symphonic music.

    Navé WPVMFM.ORG Twice 5 Miles

    James Navé is a native of Asheville who has made a giant reputation for himself in the world of spoken word, storytelling and poetry.

    Dirty Spoon

    Jonathan Ammons is an essayist and journalist, bartender, musician, Southern native, and avid traveller.

    Lester the Nightfly - PJ Ewing

    According to program host, PJ Ewing, your new favorite songs are awaiting you on Lester the Nightfly. All the way from Manhattan, NYC this is the show for the music aficionado.

    Brody Hunt WPVMFM.ORG Asheville, NC

    Brody Hunt brings his incredible knowledge and unstoppable enthusiasm for the great recordings of a grand age in the U.S. to this wonderfully entertaining show.

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    Free Form Music Hour
    Random selections of free form music – from classic rock, new wave, jazz, country, americana, and more…you never know what you’re gonignto hear.

    Join Asheville’s #1 Food Fan, Stu Helm, as he discusses nothing but FOOOOD! Stu has lived in Asheville since 2005, and has been writing about the local food scene since 2013.

    Catching A Wave

    Catching A Wave radio show plays the sounds of summer, surf & good-time rock & roll with host Jammin James Riley.

    The first wave of rock ‘n’ roll in the mid-1950s, itself inspired by early 50s rhythm and blues, laid the groundwork for music as a voice of youthful rebellion. The older generation of the time was at first bemused and befuddled by this new music

    Avl Grooves

    WPVM’s daily show of local and regional music. There is a reason Asheville’s music vibes have gotten national and international attention. Rolling Stone’s article on the Asheville vibe…“Asheville is becoming one of the country’s most vital music hubs.”

    Paul Ingles

    Music specials producer Paul Ingles presents the best from his years of documentaries, appreciation programs, tributes, interviews, theme shows and fun music mixes


    Classic Rock and Pop from the 50’s through the 80’s with a REAL living, breathing DJ.

    Sebastian-Matthews WPVM

    Sebastian is the author of a half dozen books and loves working on collages and collaborating with book artists. He has lived with his family in Asheville since 2000 and teaches for the Great Smokies Writing Program out of UNC-Asheville.

    First R&R

    All the music that didn’t follow the genera or formulas because it was coming from that early muse that created rock and roll, that muse still works. Today’s musical culture still searches for that muse (and we prove it every week).

    View show playlists here.

    Orson Welles

    Orson Welles’ Mercury Theater of the Air

    In 1937, Welles and the Mercury company earned a reputation for their inventive adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar set in contemporary Fascist Italy.

    Backtracking is a return to the great days of FM radio heard decades ago: short breaks, long songs, and DJs who knew more about the music they were playing than I did.

    Retro Cocktail

    The Retro Cocktail Hour with host Darrell Brogdon serves up music that’s “shaken, not stirred” every week from the Underground Martini Bunker

    Friday 8:00-10:00PM

    Story Parlor

    Story Parlor is a cooperative arts venue featuring storytelling and the exploration of the human condition through community-driven programming.

    Dave Rogers’ Magic Mix

    Looking for a real mix of oldies, including R&B, blue-eyed soul, pop, crossover country, and maybe even classic beach music?




    10,000 Good Songs

    Music Documentarian Paul Ingles hosts a weekly mix of music from his multi-genre personal collectio

    Full-Disclosure-WPVM-FM-103.7 AVL

    Covering Wall Street, international finance, and emerging markets.


    VTC Veterans Treatment Court

    The Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) is an alternative pathway to the traditional carceral system, focusing on treatment and transformation as a means to promote public safety.  These are the stories of those involved and those who have been impacted.

    White Rock Hall

    Returning to his hometown Marshall in the early 1990s after a successful musical career, musician, and poet Keith Flynn founded the Asheville Poetry Review, which has published over 1800 new and established writers. Then he looked around for something new to create.

    Todd Weatherly

    Todd Weatherly lives in Western North Carolina just outside of Asheville with his family and a small fleet of mountain bikes.

    Selections from WPVM’s music library, some local, some regional, some oldies, some classics. You never know what’s on the line up


    Concierto is the first classical music program to specifically target Latino listeners. Host Frank Dominguez presents classical music in English and in Spanish.

    Adagio Radio

    Drew Darling brings his weekly show to WPVM…the absolute best in deeply moving music. Constantly beautiful music, week after week.

    Classical Tones / Tonos Clasicos is a weekly two-hour bilingual show of classical music “with a Latin connection”. Every work played has some connection to Spain or Latin America, typically the composer and/or the performer(s).

    A weekly one-hour music with interviews program that is sound-rich, energetic, and has a positive vibe.

    Chicago Symphony

    ailed as the number one US Orchestra by the venerable British publication Gramophone, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra continues this quarter with more concerts from Symphony Center, the home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

    NY Philharmonic

    The New York Philharmonic plays a leading cultural role in New York City, the United States, and the world.

    Each season the Orchestra connects with up to 50 million music lovers through live concerts in New York and around the world; international broadcasts on television, radio, and online; recordings; and education programs.

    Cruisin' the Decades

    “Cruisin’ The Decades” is a 100-year journey through recorded popular music history. It is like an audio time capsule, playing one song per decade beginning in 1920 and running through the 2020s. We cover all styles and genres: jazz, blues, folk, standards/songbook, swing, R&B, early rock & roll, country, psychedelic, modern rock, punk, new wave, and alternative.

    American Routes

    American Routes is a weekly two-hour public radio program produced in New Orleans
    “In the history of American radio, no series has come close to Nick Spitzer’s
     American Routes in exploring the many streams of this nation’s music.”
    — Nat Hentoff, Wall Street Journal

    Long Strange Trip

    What A Long Strange Trip

    This is the show that has some new music, some old music, some songs from artists you’ve never heard of before and a few that triggers a flash from the past.

    Ben Vaughn

    An eclectic mix of music curated by producer, composer, recording artist Ben Vaughn.

    Rock, blues, jazz, folk, soul, R & B, country, bossa nova, movie soundtracks, easy listening and more, all peppered with Vaughn’s twisted musicological slant.
    Archived Shows on these links

    Out of the Woods

    Out of the Woods is an independently-produced weekly radio program of mostly acoustic music. The show is heard internationally on a variety of great FM and online radio stations.

    The programs are available free for broadcast to non-commercial stations on request at

    Friday 10:00 AM -12:00 PM

    Mark Drenek

    All aboard the blues train!

    Every week, the big blue train we call the Blue Light Central rumbles out of the station for an hour-long ride through a landscape of blues, classic R&B, soul, gospel, zydeco and low-down boogieMark Drnek is your ticket agent, porter, engineer, brakeman and conductor on a weekly excursion through the vast music landscape.

    Bill Bolens

    I produce an eclectic program of Louisiana and roots music on WHYR every Sunday evening from 7-9pCentral. The show originates from the Banana Plantation somewhere in Mid City Baton Rouge, Louisiana, expect to hear everything from Baton Rouge Blues, Cajun, the lowlife New Orleans funk, local, regional, who knows where dat one came from and a whole lot more…..Bill Bolens

    Robert DTR

    Down The Road airs on WPVM 103.7 every Wednesday @ 10:00 PM. The show celebrates the music and musicians of New Orleans and surrounding areas, past and present. We play traditional jazz, brass band, blues, funk, soul, rock, r&b, and more. The show originates at  WHYR 96.9 fm in Baton Rouge

    Ian Masters

    Background Briefing offers an educational approach to providing information in an era of “fake news”.

    A Pew Research study finds that 67% of Americans get their news from
    social media, mostly Facebook, in a form of reality-shopping where
    outlooks are shared and opinions reinforced, often by political spin
    or even foreign manipulation

    Michio Kaku

    Exploration with Michio Kaku, is an hour long radio program on science, technology, politics, and the environment. It is broadcast each week on WBAI New York City (99.5 FM), and re-aired on stations across the country via the Ku National Radio Satellite.

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    Longtime broadcaster, Laura Flanders hosts the weekly “Laura Flanders Show” which is available on TV and radio. The LF Show features in depth conversations about change and change-making with leading thinkers and doers, as well as commentaries and field reports. Flanders was the longtime host of CounterSpin and RadioNation.

    Harry Shearer

    Vogue magazine describes Le Show as “wildly clever, iconoclastic stew of talk, music, political commentary, readings of inadvertently funny public documents or trade magazines and scripted skits.”


    Democracy Now

    A national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., Democracy Now


    WPVM’s eclectic music collection includes nearly anything, including alternative rock, jazz, classic rock, instrumental and spoken word. You might hear an interview with Stevie Ray Vaughn or Wynton Marsalis mixed in with a piece by one of Asheville’s great musicians in a matter of 15 minutes. Music from the mid-50s through 1990s.
    Use this link to view the playlists

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    Each week 11 million U.S. listeners tune in to classical music on a radio in someone’s home or automobile– it is America’s dominant path to classical music.WPVM’s hours of delightful classical music on our station in a time of dramatic change, benefitting audiences on-air, online and in-person, and connecting classical music communities across the nation.

    Enjoy nearly uninterrupted classical music from WPVM’s vast classical library.

    To view the playlists use this link

    Jazz is known the world over as America’s music, and for good reason. An enormous heritage of musical expression born from African American roots, jazz is easy to recognize but nearly impossible to explain. You know it when you hear it: soul-searing melodies, improvisational rhythms, and solo flights. It’s as smooth, cool, blue, red-hot, and vibrant as the people and communities that give it life.

    To view the playlists use this link

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    The absolute best of regional gospel music. Irma Thomas, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mahalia Jackson, Dixie Hummingbirds, Blind Boys of Alabama, Sister Mary Nelson, The Staple Singers, The Persuasions, Sam Cooke, and many more. We now have close to 4000 gospel tracks in our music library.
    Past Playlist on this link

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    LEBRECHT LISTENS | Angela Gheorghiu Explores Puccini’s Rare Gems

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    A te, Puccini (Signum) ★★★☆☆ Presto Classical | Apple Music Giacomo Puccini died 100 years ago of throat cancer, on November 29, 1924. Almost every opera he wrote was an instant hit, so he hardly bothered to write anything else – other than some church music, a string quartet and a fistful of drawing-room songs that get little attention. I don’t think I have seen a complete album of them before. His thumbprint is recognisable throughout. A…

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