The Board of Aldermen have declared Thursday, Nov. 6, “Community Radio Day” in Carrboro in recognition of WCOM’s 10th anniversary as a pioneering low-power community radio station. The resolution reads:
Whereas, WCOM is a non-profit, all volunteer community radio station located in Carrboro and serving southern Orange County, and.
Whereas, WCOM, the first station in the southeast to go on air under the FCC’s Low Power program, is celebrating its tenth anniversary of serving the community, and.
Whereas, from its rented studio space in The ArtsCenter in downtown Carrboro, WCOM reaches listeners around the globe through its Internet stream on www.wcomfm.org, and
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Whereas, WCOM provides a radio home for dozens of volunteer hosts creating original programming including outstanding talk and current affairs shows and music programs spanning many genres, and
Whereas, WCOM has trained and given a first broadcast opportunity to countless area residents, and
Whereas, WCOM is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with a fundraising event at the Hickory Tavern in Carrboro on Thursday, November 6, 2014.
Therefore, The Carrboro Town Board of Aldermen adopt this resolution recognizing WCOM’s decade of service to Carrboro and hereby proclaim Thursday, November 6, 2014 Community Radio Day in the Town of Carrboro.
WCOM provides a radio home for dozens of volunteer hosts creating original programming including outstanding talk and current affairs shows and music programs spanning many genres with especial strengths in roots, jazz, and blues. Guests on WCOM over the years have proven as diverse as Rep. David Price, blues star Shemekia Copeland, then state Sen. Ellie Kinnaird, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Chris Hillman, and mentalist The Amazing Kreskin.
According to its website: “Our mission at WCOM is to educate, inspire, and entertain the diverse populations of Carrboro, Chapel Hill and nearby areas. We cultivate local music and facilitate the exchange of cultural and intellectual ideas, with particular regard for those who are overlooked or under-represented by other media outlets. We provide a space for media access and education by providing equipment and training to our community.”
The Hickory Tavern located in the Hampton Inn at 370 E. Main St. in Carrboro will host a fundraiser for community radio station, WCOM-LP 103.5, from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6. Ten percent of food sales totals from receipts deposited will be donated to WCOM.