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210 Pittsboro Street, Campus Box 6210
Chapel Hill, NC  27599-6210
(919) 962-2091   FAX: (919) 962-2279


For immediate use

March 23, 2001

WUNC-FM listening area counties
: Alamance, Caswell, Chatham,
Cumberland, Dare, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Guilford, Harnett,
Hoke, Johnston, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Nash, Orange, Person,
Randolph, Rockingham, Sampson, Vance, Wake, Warren, Wayne,

WUNC FM, Your NPR Station Celebrates 25 Years of Public Radio

WUNC, a public broadcasting service of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, marks its 25th anniversary on April 3, 2001. Since it began broadcasting, WUNC has been a station founded on the principles of providing a forum for the people of North Carolina and serving the public with information and music programming not available through other media. Both local voices and national programming have been a part of the WUNC tradition since the beginning.

Local Voices

o WUNC’s news department covers the North Carolina General Assembly, health care, the environment, and many other Triangle and North Carolina issues.

o The State of Things, hosted by Mary Hartnett and produced by Paula Press, is an hour-long public affairs program devoted to North Carolina issues and personalities. It is heard every Saturday at 4 p.m.

o Back Porch Music, the station’s longest-running locally hosted program, features acoustic music from around the block and across the country. It's a homegrown journey through the best in folk music on WUNC each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening.

o The People's Pharmacy, Joe and Terry Graedon's health care call-in show, now broadcast on more than 500 radio stations nationally, began airing live once a month in April 1981 as an outgrowth of Joe Graedon's weekly commentaries. You can hear The People’s Pharmacy every Saturday at 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

National Programming

o News and information programs from National Public Radio have been an integral part of WUNC's public service since its inception. All Things Considered, the afternoon news magazine, airs weekdays from 4 to 6:30 p.m. It has been on the air since 1976. Morning Edition, heard weekdays from 5 to 9 a.m., was added in 1981.

o As the Southeast continues to grow as an economic and political force, NPR created a bureau devoted to the region and sent David Molpus to Chapel Hill and the studios of WUNC. Adam Hochberg now works as the Southeast correspondent, while Molpus has taken on a new beat on the changing workplace in America.

o Former WUNC reporters Melinda Penkava, Adam Hochberg, and Diane Toomey can now be heard on national programs like Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered, and Living on Earth.


Expanded Service

o In 1999 WUNC began broadcasting from Rocky Mount and the Outer Banks to provide news and cultural programming to the residents and vacationers of those areas of the state. WUNC is heard at 90.9 FM in Rocky Mount and Manteo, and at 90.5 FM in Buxton.

o Kitty Hawk is not the farthest place from the Triangle WUNC can be heard—that honor probably goes to a listener of Back Porch Music on the Internet from Australia. While Web streaming at is not a mass medium on the order of broadcast radio, WUNC is trying to continue to improve these efforts for listeners close by and far away.


For more information about WUNC-FM, please contact Joan Siefert Rose at 919-966-5454.