MARRS programming reminder

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Each week, MARRS broadcasts local news from the Asheville Citizen-Times, Hendersonville News, and Black Mountain News. On Wednesdays, we also broadcast articles from the Mountain Express and Laurel Magazine, along with occasional stories from WNC Woman, Asheville Scene, and Pet Gazette. If you would like MARRS to include another local newspaper or periodical in our weekly line-up, please contact our office at 828-251-2166 or send an email to

MARRS Inclement Weather Policy

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To minimize risk to the safety and well-being of MARRS volunteer readers and office staff, the Asheville MARRS office will close whenever Asheville city schools OR Buncombe County schools announce closure or delayed opening due to inclement weather/hazardous road conditions.


MARRS thanks its listeners for their patience and understanding in this regard. MARRS local news programming will resume whenever Asheville city schools AND Buncombe County schools resume normal operations.


For updates concerning Asheville/Buncombe school closings, check your local TV/radio news reports.


A Big Thank-You to Richard Caro

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Richard Caro joined MARRS in 2011, supporting the organization as a volunteer reader and board member. From 2014 to 2016, Richard also served as vice president and then president. This was a particularly challenging period for MARRS, and Richard’s selfless dedication and effective leadership were critically important in ensuring a successful outcome.


A resident of Black Mountain, Richard works as a Resource Development Manager for United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. He is also the owner of RCaro Quilt Design, creating original quilts, educational presentations, and quilt installations for collections, exhibits, academic conferences and publications.


In October 2017, Richard concluded his term as a MARRS board member. On behalf of MARRS listeners, volunteers, supporters and office staff, we extend heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for his years of service.


Many thanks, Richard – well done!

Web Streaming Is Coming to MARRS!

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Beginning in January 2019, MARRS will broadcast its programs over the internet instead of the radio. Thanks to a co-operative agreement with TRIAD Information Reading Service of Winston Salem, this switch to online streaming will greatly improve your listening experience with a much clearer broadcast signal, no static or cross talk, and no fluctuating quality due to weather conditions.Online streaming will also allow us to expand our program content, increase our reader team, and enhance our funding.


We greatly appreciate WCQS and WNCW for their support over the years, but the radio technology we use is rapidly becoming outmoded, and the equipment is becoming impossible to maintain. You can hear MARRS programming over the internet today. Please visit our website at and begin listening online as soon as possible.


Remember: In January 2019, your radio will no longer be able to receive MARRS programming. InsteadMARRS will broadcast onlinethrough your internet device.


If you have any questions or need help, email us at or call 828-251-2166.

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