New documentary about WCOM

Elon University students created a 15-minute documentary film about WCOM and Low Power FM stations called "103.5: A Radio Community."

The film has also been submitted into the Carrboro Film Festival, but you can watch it right here...

WCHL Annual Forum

Schedule TBD.


Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 4:00am to 1:00pm


1360 AM

More cutbacks at the Herald

Fiona Morgan at the Indy has written a scathing analysis of the Durham Herald-Sun situation.  As they also publish the Chapel Hill Herald, her conclusions don't bode well for local media coverage in the future. It's also really sad to read that Ginny Hoyle will depart. Given the reported cutbacks at the N&O, it sure looks like this could be a great opportunity for the Daily Tar Heel to have an even more significant impact in this market.

The Herald-Sun's circulation has declined by 38 percent and its staff by more than half since the Paducah, Ky.-based Paxton Media Group bought the newspaper. Paxton, a private company, owns 32 newspapers, including seven in North Carolina, and one television station. But as chains go, it's a small-time operation. Most of its papers are in small Southeastern and Midwestern towns where there is no competing publication. The Herald-Sun continues to be its biggest newspaper.

But that paper is shrinking in every conceivable way.

- The Herald-Sun's nosedive, August 6, 2008

WCOM on NBC-17

Click here for the video.


WCOM, a Carrboro-based radio station run solely by volunteers, is trying to get the word out about its mission and get some more support from the community.

The 100-watt radio station, which broadcasts about five miles, was started in 2004. The content is all community-based with more than 60 shows on the air. The variety of programs range from the local music scene to bilingual to youth programs. And despite the little funding the station has, it broadcasts live on the web 24/7.

But Jackie Helvey, WCOM's website designer, said keeping the place running on virtually no funding or advertising has been quite a challenge. She said many people don't even know the station exists, so getting money can be tough to come by.

"We need underwriting," said Helvey. "We need people willing to donate 15 dollars a month."

El Futuro Hot Topic Today on WCOM

Tune in today at 6pm on WCOM (103.5 LP FM Chapel Hill/Carrboro area) or stream us live at

for The West End Report, hosted by me, LMT! 

to hear Martha Olaya-Crowley, M.Ed., LCSW discuss the importance of El Futuro in the latino community and the recent budget cuts by O.C.Commissioners. Plus, Martha will be spinning some great latino music between our breaks!

Hopefully, Mayor Chilton will also call in and give us an update on the Abbey Court situation.

Feel free to call in with comments and questions 919-929-9601





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