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News Release

For immediate use

Feb. 2, 2005 -- No. 38

Capitol Broadcasting gives WUNC-FM
gift of space, presence in Durham

CHAPEL HILL – WUNC Public Radio will open a satellite production facility this summer at the American Tobacco Historic District in downtown Durham to work in conjunction with its Chapel Hill headquarters.

The new facility will occupy nearly 8,400 square feet of space in American Tobacco’s Washington Building and will be used to meet the radio station’s production needs as it expands its North Carolina programming.

The space and upfit were donated to the station by Capitol Broadcasting Co., parent company of WRAL-TV, WRAZ-TV, WRAL-FM and other media holdings, and owner of the American Tobacco Historic District complex and the Durham Bulls baseball team.

"We’re thrilled with this generous gift from Capitol Broadcasting," said Joan Siefert Rose, general manager of WUNC Public Radio. "The expanded production and office space will allow WUNC to achieve its plans for expanded news and programming in a timely, cost-effective manner."

Capitol Broadcasting’s President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Goodmon is the honorary co-chair of WUNC Public Radio’s capital campaign and has long been committed to the success of public broadcasting.

All of the station’s broadcasts will continue to be sent through the transmitter in Chapel Hill. The new space will allow WUNC to broadcast live programs that can be viewed by passersby to the American Tobacco Historic District complex. WUNC also plans to stage a series of concerts and live events in the adjacent public space.

The new space in Durham will allow for more interactive broadcasts that engage the local community in new ways, said Rose.

"We look forward to having the public be able to see ‘radio at work’ in our new facility, as passersby will be able to watch our talk shows and newscasts from the adjacent courtyard and walkways," Rose said.

WUNC currently has 50 employees – up from 30 in 2001, when its addition to the Chapel Hill facility was completed – and more staff will be added. Initially, about 20 people will be located at American Tobacco. WUNC will remain headquartered in Chapel Hill and Rose and a majority of the station’s senior managers will remain in the Chapel Hill facility.

WUNC operates a satellite broadcast production facility at the state capitol in Raleigh, and is planning to open additional satellite production facilities in Greensboro and in eastern North Carolina as part of its commitment to expanding North Carolina-based programming.

WUNC-FM is the National Public Radio affiliate licensed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It operates a five-station radio network serving more than 280,000 listeners each week in communities from Greensboro to the Outer Banks. WUNC has the largest public radio news staff in North Carolina and produces programs including "The State of Things" and "The People’s Pharmacy." WUNC’s news and information format can be heard at 91.5 FM in the Triangle and Triad, at 90.9 FM in the Rocky Mount/Wilson/Greenville area, and at 88.9 FM along the Outer Banks. The station is online at www.wunc.org.

The Capitol Broadcasting gift to WUNC Public Radio counts toward the university’s Carolina First Campaign goal of $1.8 billion. Carolina First is a comprehensive, multi-year, private fund-raising campaign to support Carolina’s vision of becoming the nation’s leading public university.

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WUNC Public Radio contact: Joan Siefert Rose, (919) 962-9150 or jsrose@wunc.org

News Services contact: Lisa Katz, (919) 962-2093