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
I am a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, but I have been in North Carolina since1997 when I moved to Boone to attend Appalachian State University. I earned my degree in Theatre Education and Communications. While at ASU I met my husband, Matt Long, a Boone native and general contractor, and gained a heart for these mountains and my beloved ASU Mountaineers. After graduation, I spent 5 years teaching in Charlotte before being given the opportunity to move back to the High Country. In 2007 I earned my NC Real Estate License and began in full-time brokerage. In 2010 I helped to open a franchise brokerage in the High Country. I gained impactful knowledge and built important relationships during my 8 years there, but began to feel the calling to get back to my roots.

In June of 2018, my dream became a reality when I opened 828 Real Estate. We are a boutique brokerage that is locally focused, community-minded and client-driven. I feel so fortunate to be in a career that I love, have opportunities to serve wonderful clients, and get to work with the best team here at 828 Real Estate.

I am a member of The High Country Association of Realtors, the North Carolina Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors. I am a member the Boone Chamber of Commerce and I am on the board for the Downtown Boone Development Association. I have also completed the Realtor  e-Pro certification that specifically focuses on the technology tools needed in the purchase or sale of a property. Additionally, I have earned my CLHMS Designation. (Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist) and a qualified LuxuryHomes.com Affiliate. Over the years I have been awarded various Top Producer Awards. I am honored each year to be invited to the Top 50 Brokers in the High Country celebration.

My husband and I reside in downtown Boone and have 2 beautiful children, Sadie Rose and Levi. We attend Alliance Bible Fellowship and stay connected by serving the community and supporting local non-profits like Western Youth Network, The Appalachian Theatre and Valle Crucis Community Park. We love to spend time outside hiking, playing on the river, running with their dog, Emmie Lou, hitting the slopes and making the most of our time in this amazing place we get to call home!