Volunteering With WNCW Radio in Spindale

Lauren Wasmund volunteering at public radio station WNCW 88.7 FM in Spindale, NC.

One of my favorite sayings is “blessed to be a blessing,”. I feel grateful to have the ability to give back to the community that gives so much to me. While I only started my journey with 828 Real Estate about a month ago, our team has encouraged me to continue volunteering with WNCW 88.7 Radio in Spindale.

Why I Support Public Radio

Growing up, WNCW was the station that played throughout my grandma’s house every weekend. Saturday started off with Going Across the Mountain, an all-day bluegrass show. Sunday was full of gospel, Celtic and old time music. Music is a key part of Appalachian culture. It’s the music from the hearts and souls from those who love this region.

As a lover of public radio and a long time fan of WNCW, I took up the chance to intern with them in the summer of 2019. I lived on a nearby farm and exchanged farm work for a place to stay. I’d wake up at 4 a.m and climb in my car, no matter how sleepy I was, and drive 30 minutes to the station to host and produce NPR Morning Edition. Despite my long travels and hard work, it was so worth it.

The Importance of Local Media in Rural Communities

During my high school years, I would wake up early to get my brother on the school bus and drive 30 minutes to school. My rural commute left me stuck behind a tractor or two. Sometimes I would catch the sweet smell of local chicken farms. Even though the drive was long and sometimes smelly, the stories and voices on my radio from around the world made my drives an adventure.

I often was late for my first class in high school. I would wait until the absolute last second to leave my car before the bell rang. I just had to hear the last bit of whatever segment was playing.

I remember I learned a lot of things that I would use in my AP Biology class. I would share various scientific findings I heard on public radio during the Ebola outbreak.

My time listening to the radio showed me why it’s so valuable to support listener-powered broadcasts. That 30 minute drive turned into a window to the world outside of my small little town. Having the opportunity to become a local MC and share stories and culture with others just like me in my community made it all worthwhile.

How You Can Support Listener-Powered Radio

It’s more important than ever to support local media. Studies show that community radio is still relevant in the digital era. As people lose faith in mainstream media and online content, local radio stations serve as a pillar of trust in our community. WNCW is a grassroots radio station, so listener support continues their operations.

One of the best ways you can support local non-profit radio stations like WNCW-FM is to volunteer or donate to their causes. WNCW-FM receives support throughout the High Country of North Carolina through membership donations, music event underwriting, vehicle donations, and volunteer support. Better yet, you can tune in and listen! You might find that your morning commute will become more informative and enlightening.

If you’d like to volunteer with public radio, the station always needs phone volunteers, but there are other fun opportunities you can participate in year round. You can find more information on how to support WNCW on their website.


At 828 Real Estate our team of real estate agents and brokers are committed to helping others and the community. Many of us have non-profits and other organizations that we support, not only monetarily, but with our time. We encourage you to learn more about the causes we support throughout the High Country of North Carolina and find ways that you can give back to our community too!

About the Author

Lauren holds strong roots to the Appalachian region. Having grown up right down the mountain in Bethlehem, North Carolina, she has a love for the culture of this area. Her family is tight-knit and all have big hearts for dogs, especially their three poodles. With two brothers as musicians, she also plays piano, guitar and clawhammer banjo and is an avid vocalist. This love for music has inspired Lauren to continue sharing the traditional music and dance of the Appalachian region with others.


She recently graduated from Appalachian State University with two degrees in Public Relations and Journalism in addition to a minor in Appalachian Studies. During her time at Appalachian, she met her partner Matthijs, a Dutch native studying abroad in the U.S. The two both enjoy traveling and have explored, not only the Netherlands with his family, but parts of Western Europe and the United Kingdom together. When not traveling, they spend their time fishing, cooking and hanging out with their standard poodle Bentley! 


Lauren feels so fortunate to live and work in such a beautiful area, and she is excited to be the newest addition to the 828 Real Estate family! She is eager to help you with whatever your needs may be.