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Oct. 20, 2003 -- No. 553

WUNC-FM general manager invited to speak at FCC localism hearing

WUNC-FM General Manager Joan Siefert Rose is among those invited to speak at a Federal Communications Commission broadcast localism public hearing Wednesday (Oct. 22) at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center at 6 p.m.

The hearing, one of six being held by the FCC’s Localism Task Force, will gather information from consumers, industry, civic organizations and others on broadcasters’ service to their local communities. A link to the full FCC news release about the hearing is below.

Rose, who is scheduled to appear at 7 p.m., is the only N.C. public broadcasting representative invited to speak. She will be available to talk with interested reporters after the public hearing. She can be reached by leaving a message on her voice mail at WUNC-FM, accessible by calling (919) 966-5454.

WUNC, the public radio service of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, operates a five-station radio network serving more than 300,000 weekly listeners from Greensboro to the Outer Banks. WUNC has the largest public radio news staff in North Carolina and produces public radio programs including "The State of Things" and "Back Porch Music." WUNC is a member station of National Public Radio, and 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. WUNC is online at

To see the FCC’s Oct. 15 announcement about the Charlotte hearing, go to:

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