I got a very good signal from WAME as I started having trouble with my usual station. I stayed with it until Morganton, but shouldn't have because I could have gotten a listenable signal on WMNC a long way from Morganton.
The DJ sounded national but the music was good. Not nearly as bad as what I have heard on "Real Country". His station IDs reminded me of Westwood One America's Best Music back years ago. The DJ would do the ID and then would finish with the name and artist for the last song. It sounded kind of clumsy but it worked. This sounded seamless. Later, the man knew about an event at the VFW. Okay, so they got him to record something special for WAME. We still haven't hear his name. Then he knew about an event where food was being given out for the hungry. On 21 South. Okay, that's weird. But if he was local he would have told us who he was.
I emailed WAME and was told Billy Buck's morning show lasts until noon. But I was also told they do everything themselves. On the way home I was pleasantly surprised to hear country music because this station usually had religious programming on Sunday. The DJ sounded really professional and said her name (and now I can't remember it but it will surely be on the web site). And yet she knew about a local event. On Sunday? How can they afford all these people?
WMNC had a woman but I never heard her name. They were calling their music "classic country" and "classic hit country". On the way home it was a man. Both times, there was a reference to a country music cruise and even a web site which might have been countrymusiccruise.com.
Only 20 miles west of Morganton I couldn't hear well enough to do more than identify familiar songs. I tried Rush Limbaugh but couldn't understand a word even though I was 30 miles east of Asheville and the station was 5000 watts on 570. There was another country station but I had never tried it since it wasn't guaranteed to be the good stuff and there might be other programming. It sounded good but I never found out who it was.
The Prmitive Quartet sounded great on another station I tried, which was trying to raise money. Rush was clear by this time.
WPTL didn't have a good signal for quite a while. And Eric Church was singing about Jesus. Not my idea of good country music. The DJ mentioned "God Blessed Texas". A song I despised in the 90s. There was some good stuff. The words "Real Country" were used. Then another bad song. I was distressed to learn it was by Billy Currington, who has usually been reliable. Honestly, when you have so much good material that can be heard on WAME and WMNC, why add the junk?
After the first day, my former neighbor took me everywhere I needed to go and we listened to 40s on 4. When I was driving again I had NPR.
I heard a lot of Alan Jackson during my trip.