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WCHL to launch on FM at 97.9 FM

Posted Sunday, August 26, 2012

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Chapel Hill, NC - WCHL will begin broadcasting on 97.9 FM on Tuesday, August 28th. The station commenced broadcasting in January of 1953. Over the last 60 years, WCHL has thrived at 1360 AM on the radio dial dedicated to serving the local community. The FM frequency will allow WCHL to consistently offer the Chapel Hill and Carrboro communities a better listening experience and will create a new way for people to consume the local news, information and entertainment that is only available through WCHL.

Barry Leffler, Managing Partner and CEO, stated, "WCHL will be better able to serve the local community with our FM signal. WCHL's programming will be available with the rich, full quality of FM, day and night, 24/7/365.” Leffler added, “With the addition of FM, WCHL can provide continuous programming at the highest quality and strength. The FCC requires us to turn down our AM signal at night. The FM signal is not subject to this requirement”

Among the benefits of this is that nighttime football and basketball games as well as all accompanying pre and post game shows will be available on 97.9FM with great sound quality.

Also, coinciding with the launch, WCHL will be offering more live, local news, from the station’s award-winning news team, weekdays, 3pm-7pm.

Many people in Chapel Hill and Carrboro have grown up with WCHL and have stories and memories based on the station. One reason for that is long time Morning Show Host, Ron Stutts, who last month celebrated his 35th year on air with WCHL. When asked about the addition of FM, Ron Stutts said, “I'm excited to be heard on FM and hope that the community will benefit from this expansion. For 60 years, our AM signal has been a connector and lifeline for the community during good times, as well as in times of severe weather and important community news. We look forward to serving our community with news, sports, progressive talk and the stories of our local life on the FM dial."

To celebrate being on FM, WCHL invites the community to Chapel Hill’s first ever Food Truck Rodeo at VilCom Center on Weaver Dairy Road on Thursday, August, 30, 5:30-8:00pm. Details can be found at

WCHL can now be accessed by tuning into 97.9 FM and 1360 AM.

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