Don DeBiase was born and raised in Englewood, NJ. He grew up listening to the iconic New York City Top 40 radio stations like WABC, WMCA, and WINS. This influenced his decision to major in communications at Graham College in Boston, MA.
Don has worked at radio stations in Virginia, Florida, Kentucky and North Carolina. He and his family moved to Brevard in 1991 where he currently resides. Don is now the beloved General Manager of Q102 FM and hosts the weekday morning show from 6AM to 9AM.
Ea, a graduate of Brevard High School, has a BS in Comm./Public Relations from WCU.
Ea married her high school sweetheart, Roy, and moved away while Roy served in the USAF. They spent three years in England and have lived in many parts of the US. After Roy was discharged, he and Ea moved back to Brevard to raise their two children, Madi and Brayden.
Ea has served on the Brevard Board of REALTORS as President for 2008 and 2009, SAFE, and the Heart of Brevard. Ea joined WSQL in 2011 as News Director and joined Don DeBiase on his morning show. In 2012, Ea and family moved to Steamboat Springs, CO. Although the Rocky Mountains are beautiful, nothing compares to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ea couldn’t stay away from Brevard. In 2013, they returned to Brevard to stay. Listen to Ea and Don on the Morning Show, weekdays 7am to 9am.
Robert is the News Director for WSQL radio. Born in KY, raised in PA, Robert then moved to Brevard in 1991. He is a graduate of Brevard High School, and attended East Tennessee State, majoring in Marketing. When he’s not digging up news, he can be found in the great outdoors or involved in any type of sports.
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Tom is now our weekday afternoon host playing the greatest music from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. He is a proud Brevard native and is excited to be back in his hometown. As a child, he attended Strauss Elem., Brevard Middle and High, then to Brevard College to major in music. While in high school, Tom worked at our local radio station which was then called WPNF 1240 AM. After college, Tom moved to Columbia, SC and worked at many radio stations over the next 20 years. Now he’s back full circle!
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After 8 years in the Navy and 7 years in St. Louis, Rick, a 1989 Brevard High School graduate, is the voice of Brevard College basketball. For 2011 & 2012, he was the head coach for Rosman Middle School.
Bill was born and raised in Tryon, NC. Bill started in radio in the mid ’70s and worked in the Carolina’s, Louisiana, and St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. Bill is very active in Amateur (HAM) radio. He is our Program Director and always enjoys hearing from our listeners. Bill is now back in Tryon, but can direct our programs thanks to the magic of technology!
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Madison is a long time local to Transylvania County, and a 2011 graduate from Brevard High School. Madison attended college in Colorado for two years before moving to Charlotte to attend UNCC. After returning from Costa Rica summer of 2016, where she spent 6 months teaching English to children, she began her career at Q102 as our very own journalist. Madison is a committed outdoorswoman, and an avid music enthusiast. Catch Madison live on the air from 10:30am to 12:30pm Monday through Friday as she interviews community officials. Or, catch her talk show “Adventure Discovery,” a program about all things outdoors featuring local outdoor enthusiasts. Tune in after hours on Wednesdays as she co-hosts “HUMP DAY HAPPY HOUR with Madison Hayes and Cody Lee,” getting you over your hump day slump and midweek misery from 7-8pm weekly.
Barbara, with her husband and their twin boys, moved to Brevard from Annapolis, MD in 1994. She has been in telecommunications as a corporate trainer and salesperson and joins the WSQL staff as our Administrative Assistant.
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Garry and his wife, Paula, the co-author of G.R.I.T.S. (Girls Raised In The South), moved from Birmingham, AL to Brevard in 2009. Garry grew up listening to The Grand Old Opry, Ernest Tubb’s Midnight Jamboree, and a host of country music radio programs. He has quite a collection of classic country music from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s that he shares every Tuesday night, 8pm – 10pm on his Country Legends program. Garry also hosts a Southern Gospel music program every Sunday morning at 9am.
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Michael is the fabulous host of Jazzylvania and the Southern Exposure Outdoor Concert series, is the compassion and driver behind the Bread of Life, is the proprietor of the Red Lion Inn in Rosman, NC…whew, just to name a few!
Michael also host the monthly broadcast of “LIVE at 185” which is the fun broadcasting from 185 King St. in Brevard. Hope to see you there!
Frank first heard bluegrass music in 1960. He’s been listening to and collecting it since then. He’s the host of WSQL 1240AM’s “Bluegrass Review” every Friday night from 8-10PM. He plays traditional bluegrass from the 1940s through the 1970s.
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Listen to Frank on Saturdays 10AM-Noon for “Swingtime.” Listen to the Big Bands and Main Street Jazz from the ’30s to today with emphasis on the’40s when the term “swing” was created. Frank (a retired musician and band leader from NY) and his wife moved to the Brevard area in 1985 and soon became active in the music scene. He has been a professional drummer and is long time friends with some of the greats in Swing! Frank’s interest in radio began in 1990 when he became the spokesperson for Jazz at Brevard on WNCW in Spindale, NC. When WSQL was WRAQ, Frank co-hosted a Big Band Bash on Friday nights with Jon Hildreth, and he continues as the Host of Big Band with WSQL. Frank has happily been on the radio scene for 23 years!
Listen to Jim “spin again” the great music an stories with trivia from the late ’50s and early ’60s. This era was springtime in the evolution of rock and roll and pop music in America. There were so many exciting sounds, styles, and artists…all blossoming from different parts of the country.
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Mary Ruth has a long history with many famous musicians instrumental in the bluegrass movement. Listen to her on Sunday afternoons.