Local Focus


WTZQ’s flagship Q-munity feature where we speak to the non-profit, civic, government, and volunteer leaders about the issues and topics that effect life in Western North Carolina.

Tune in to Local Focus every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:05am on Q- 95.3 FM, 1600 WTZQ, or online here at www.wtzq.com.


Local Focus Interviews

3-28-23 Crossnore – “Big Hats & Bow Ties”

Lisa Fort talks about the Crossnore mission and the upcoming Big Hats & Bow Ties fundraiser

3-22-23 Kanuga – Music in the Pines

Marketing & Communications Director, Jane Childress talks about the new Music in the Pines Series upcoming concerts, Easter Sunday at Kanuga and more. CLICK HERE for music info and tickets and call 692-9136 to spend Easter Sunday

3-22-23 Hvl Theatre – Trillium – An Appalachian Drama by Karen Ruetz

Beth Norris and Rowan Duncan talk about the upcoming show in their “Original Work” series, Trillium – An Appalachian Drama.   CLICK HERE for tickets and info or call 692-1082

3-16-23 Polk County Film Initiative – Tryon International Film Festival

Debra Torrence and Ashley Crane talk about PCFI and TRIFF.  Listen as they educate about the festival and talk about upcoming fundraisers to help support.

3-15-23 Tryon International

Lynn Penny talks about upcoming events.  St Paddy’s Day, Steeplechase and the Earl Scruggs Music Festival. CLICK HERE for tickets and info

3-14-23 Jose’s 2nd Annual Lookin’ Good Showcase

Mike Burnette, Jose Case and Tracey Gruver talk about the 2nd annual event and how it will help to benefit Thrive.

3/9/23 Tryon Fine Arts Center

Marianne Carruth talks about the TFAC’s mission and programming. CLICK HERE for calendar, tickets and info or call 828-859-8322

Work With Heart Charitable Giving Program

Business owners from Horizon Heat & Air, Hannah Flanagan’s, Southern Alarm & Security, Boyd Automotive, Edward Jones -Financial Advisor: Ken Adams, and Triangle Stop talk about the expanded Work With Heart Charitable Giving Campaign and announce this

2-7-23 The Storehouse

Director Lynn Staggs talks about the scope of services The Storehouse provides each week.  Urged public to donate to the building fund for their new site.

1-17-23 Hendersonville Rescue Mission

Rev Anthony McMinn talks about homelessness in Henderson County and the Rescue Mission and it’s goals and programs.

Local Focus European Market

Today on Local Focus Dave & Diane talk with Natalia from the European Market and the IMOCE. We discussed the goodies found in her store as well as their mission to help Ukrainians here in our Q-munity,

1-10-23 The Literacy Connection

Executive Director Katrina McGuire talks about the recent name and logo change, invites the community to their ribbon cutting and reminds us of the importance of their volunteers/tutors.

Community Foundation – Governor’s Volunteer Services Award


Local Focus Maureen Four Seasons The Care You Trust

On our second Local Focus interview of the morning we sat down with Maureen from Four Seasons, The Care You Trust, to talk about all the services they offer, and the different ways they can help.

Local Focus Mike from Salty Landing and Surf n Brew

This morning we sat down with Mike from Surf N Brew Oyster Bar – Fletcher, NC & The Salty Landing to talk about the different ways he and his restaurants give back to our Q-munity!

Local Focus St Luke’s 10/19/22

This morning Dave & Diane spoke with Dr. Savannah Hightower with St Luke’s Hospital • Columbus, NC about breast cancer awareness, things to look out for, how to seek help and get checked out for peace of

9-1-22 Boxer Butts and Other Mutts

Volunteer Coordinator, Rose, talks about what makes BBOM different from other rescues and talks about upcoming fundraiser at Mills River Brewery. CLICK HERE to learn more

Blue Ridge Honor Flight

Board member and Gold Star Mother, Anne Adkins talks about Blue Ridge Honor Flight now taking Gold Star Family members to Washington beginning with the next flight coming up in October.  Go to the website below for

8-2-22 HCPS Superintendent, Mark Garrett

“Getting to know you” session with our new School Superintendent

6-28-22 Operation Blood Drive at Grace Lutheran Church

Grace Lutheran’s Mary Sebby joins us to ask Q-Nation to give blood at the upcoming Operation Blood Drive.  Local blood supply is now at critically low levels.   CLICK HERE to make your online appointment.

Local Focus w/ Amazing Grace Ministries 6/9/22

Dave & Diane speak with Darrell Tharp from Amazing Grace Ministries about how they serve our Q-munity, their current needs, how you could help them in their mission. Learn More at foramazinggrace.com

Brand New Day – Philippine Outreach

Co-founder Erin Johnson talks about Brand New Day and a fundraiser to help build their own buildings. CLICK HERE for website and more info

Camp Kanuga 5/11/22

It’s time to sign up for Camp Kanuga, a co-ed summer camp here in Hendersonville for rising grades two through twelve. There’s a program for every child at Camp Kanuga, including day camp, overnight camp, WNC expeditions,

Local Focus w/ Jennifer Treadway @ BRCC 10/21/21

Today we were visited by the wonderful Jennifer Treadway, from Blue Ridge Community College to talk about Haunted Hendo!

Blue Ridge Humane Society’s Barkyard Party!

Angela Prodrick from BRHS Joins Dave & Diane on today’s Local Focus to talk about their upcoming Barkyard Party. To Learn More about it visit: https://www.blueridgehumane.org/calendar/barkyard-parties/

Local Focus Stay Well Stay Healthy Hendo 5/18/21