Part of today’s post is an update on WNCW 88.7 Bluegrass radio. Dennis Jones at the station sent me an e-mail, and it is printed below. Before you get to that, though, I gotta tell you an old Neuse River/WNCW 88.7 bluegrass radio true story.
One time we had a gig way in the western part of the state, Sparta, N.C. to be exact, and we was riding to the show date in the Neuse River converted school bus. Like everyone in bluegrass music when you had a show on a Saturday night in that part of the state, you’d tune in a guy named Russ Jordan. His radio show was the same “Going Across the Mountain” now hosted by Dennis Jones. (It is a good’un)
Just before we got into Sparta, Russ came on the air and said, “Folks y’all get out tonight and hear Neuse River- they’re gonna be in Sparta at the Volunteer Fire Hall. Is Dr. Tommy out there? We’ve got Miss Molly Tenbrooks down here at the station and she’s sickly.” (This is bluegrass code talk for someone’s got a fever in their head.)
Moose got on his car phone and told ‘em we was so too far down the road to turn back now, but I talked to ‘em and told ‘em I knew for a fact that Rebbekker the bass player lady Doc was on call ’cause I’d talked to her when I came through that morning. They got a hold of her and she took care of the problem.
Well, that ain’t the end of the story. Some hospital hired lawyer named Leggett called me in to his office on Monday morning and said he’d heard we was talking patient names over the radio and I’d done a HIPAA violation. I told him right quick that Molly and Tenbrooks was a couple of dadburn racehorses from a Bill Monroe song for heaven’s sake, and there warn’t nary a thing in the HIPAA book that said folks can’t talk on the radio in bluegrass code about a horse race, so he’d just have to get over it.
I went on to say just as soon as he found the Federal regulation for that circumstance to fax it over the office, and I’d be happy to look it over. I never did hear from him. Shoot, even the Government knows you can’t regulate bluegrass.
I never did like that little guy ever since he got after Indie anyway. (I’m gonna tell you more about that in my book.)
Enough on old war stories, here’s the update on WNCW 88.7. All the best Dennis, ’cause you guys are.
FROM DENNIS JONES:
Thought Dr.Tommy Bibey would be interested in this……
Starting August 4th,begins Monday through Friday at 6:00am until 7:00am. The new addition to WNCW programming will be called “Mountain Morning” and is to be hosted by Jerry McNeely. The unbelievable support and astounding ratings show that Traditional and Contemporary Bluegrass is what listeners want. Thanks to all who have made this possible. With this new block, we now have 16 hours of the “real deal” Bluegrass available over an FM signal that covers 5 states….6 on good days. It’s really a thrill to know how important the music we all love so much, is gaining air time on a stations main channel;not regulated to the internet or a side channel that requires buying a new radio. Morning drive time for many is in this hour, or folks getting ready to head out for the day will be able to have another source for Bluegrass music in our listening area…as well as on-line world wide. This truly makes WNCW a Flagship Bluegrass station and we will continue to try our best to deliver the quality programming so many have come to expect.
WNCW-FM Technical Director