March 23, 2016:New WCQS General Manager Outlines Future of Station

For more than 35 years, WCQS has been the public radio station that serves Asheville and Western North Carolina — these days with classical music, jazz and news, both local and from National Public Radio.

At LAF’s March 23rd Critical Issues Event, General Manager David Feingold will talk about the station’s strategy for delivering  quality journalism and fine arts programming. He will also discuss the latest trends in radio listenership and the competition created by the explosive growth of digital media.

Mr. Feingold, who joined WCQS in July 2015, will take us behind the scenes at WCQS and detail the station’s plans to improve and expand its broadcast signal and to increase its investments in news coverage of the region.  He also will discuss audience development challenges, technology advances and the station’s partnership with NPR.

A native of Brooklyn, NY (“before it was cool,” he says) David Feingold began his career running public radio stations and news departments in the Midwest. He moved on to television, eventually landing at CNN, where he held several positions, including Business News Editor (New York), National Editor (Atlanta) and Bureau Chief (London).  He also worked in London for Reuters Television as Executive Editor, Worldwide.  After 10 years in the UK, he and his wife returned to the U.S., where he joined NET in Nebraska as the executive in charge of radio and television programming and the production of news, arts and performance programs as well as sports and documentaries.  He holds degrees from the State University of New York and Central Missouri State University. He and his wife, Ellen, have two adult children.