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WIN TWO FREE MOOGFEST TICKETS on WCOM!!

The 2017 MOOGFEST is happening May 18-21 in Durham.    We at WCOM are pleased to announce Moog organizers have donated two weekend tickets to the WCOM Furious George Show.  We will be giving away these tickets sometime between now and April 28 on the Furious Show, (Thursdays from 10:00 – midnight).    Be sure to tune in for your chance to win!!

 

More on Moog:  Check out the Moogfest day to night program schedule featuring over 100 workshops, 77 performances, over 300 sessions across all program types. Here’s Moogfest's Program press release. || Here’s Moogfest day to night schedule.

MUSIC:
Over 150 avant-garde and some of today's most forward thinking artists have been announced including headliners Flying Lotus, Animal Collective, Gotye, synth pioneer Suzanne Ciani, Detroit's legendary Derrick May, rave pioneers 808 State, and Syrinx (first and only performance in 45 years).  
Over forty performing artists will lead workshops and sessions at the independent annual four-day conference and festival program that takes place in Durham, NC May 18-21.  This year marks its 11th iteration honoring the spirit of inventor Bob Moog.

 

PROTEST & ART:
Despite recent events surrounding HB2, Moogfest will stand its ground in North Carolina as a space for inclusivity which is reflected in many of our 12 
Moogfest Programming Themes including ‘Protest’. In fact, this year Moogfest is dedicating a full stage to Protest.  Art installations such as the global debut from R.E.M’s Michael Stipe, durationals including Laraaji's Sleep Concert, and other exclusive durationals featuring the one-off collaboration between Nick Zinner of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Bjork’s favorite sound designer The Haxan Cloak. Check out the Moogfest Music Line Up for more exclusive performances.

 

EDUCATION/WORKSHOPS:
Various educational workshops from harps & guitar pedals, to video CGI will be on full display and hosted by many female experimentalists and icons including Paris from Grammy Winners KING, Nona Hendryx, Princess Nokia, Colleen, Marisa Anderson, Elysia Crampton. 

Moor Mother's Black Quantum Futurism program will be making its Moogfest debut that explores race, futurism, history and the intersection of personal and political. Read more here: 
https://thump.vice.com/en_ca/article/moor-mother-explains-black-quantum-futurism 

EXPERIMENTAL FILM SERIES:
Moogfest premieres its 
Experimental Film Series featuring live scores by 'Stranger Things' composers S.U.R.V.I.V.E, Suzy Analogue and VHVL collaborate to present the live score to the film they created and directed, No Moon No Man. Suzi Analogue will also lead a workshop. Dave Harrington of Darkstar fame premieres the score to occult film Haxan. 

KEYNOTES:
This year, one of Moogfest's 
Keynotes: CERN, MIT,  Michael Stipe Installation will be delivered by Physicist Dr. Kate Shaw (ATLAS @ CERN) who will speak on behalf of the Large Hadron Collider and will tackle questions angling towards what the LHC tells us about the future.  Are we safe? What is worrisome about the future as predicted by LHC? What do we expect the LHC will continue to tell us about the universe?

 

Welcome Skyler Borgman to our Board

Skyler  Borgman, CFA, has joined the board of directors of the Public Gallery of Carrboro, the parent organization of WCOM community radio. A financial adviser with Morgan Stanley, Skyler was active in non-profits in his native Philadelphia. He has a particular interest in and vision for building WCOM's relationships and identity in the greater Carrboro and Chapel Hill community.

Hal is in the House

Our new broadcast automation system - named Hal is an informal poll of show hosts - is in the studio. Engineering plans to put it online replacing Simian on Saturday, January 7. Although we have to expect the bumps in the road of any technological transition, the new system will eliminate the endemic issues with Simian during the last year and make remote show posting, management of back up shows, and scheduling syndicated programming much easier.

 

We owe a lot of thanks to Engineering Chair Donald Brumfield for making this happen with the kind assistance of Bill McClymont. We also appreciate the donors to our 2016 Annual Appeal and Orange County for funding Hal.

WCOM at Primetime Business Expo

WCOM promoted itself and underwriting opportunities at the Chapel Hill Carrboro Chamber of Commerce's Primetime Business Expo at the Friday Center on Thursday, November 11. The chamber generously gave WCOM a booth at Orange County's largest such event, putting us in the same venue as WCHL, WQDR, Wells Fargo, Camerons, the Chapel Hill Sheraton Hotel, and several dozen other area businesses.

DJ Smooth Jazz staffing the WCOM booth

Donald "DJ Smooth Jazz" Brumfield, WCOM's engineer, staffs our booth at the Primetime Business Expo.

WCOM hosts Ernie Hood, Don Emmett, Becky Johnson, Donald Brumfield, Bill Hendrickson, Art Menius, and Dave Bellin took turns representing the station both at our booth and visiting those of other businesses.

Dubose elected at Annual Meeting

The members of the Public Gallery of Carrboro (dba WCOM Community Radio) held its 2016 Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 22 in the ArtsCenter. The membership by acclamation elected Eliza Dubose to a three year term on the board of directors starting on January 1, 2017.

Donald Brumfield presented the engineering report, Bill Henderickson for the Development Committee, and Karl Blake for the Programming Committee. The latter has been very active lately adding new local and syndicated shows and developing a system for rebroadcasting local programs. Art Menius offered the financial report indicating that the board has ended the unfortunate run of $2000 annual losses that began with the $5400 per year increase in studio space rental.

Menius gave the chair's state of the station report. He listed numerous accomplishments of the past nine plus months including enhanced budgeting and cash flow projections, stronger committees, new bylaws and observing them, more fundraising and grants, adoption of and monitoring a long range plan, bringing the station into compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 with the outstanding support of music hosts entering data into Spinitron, and 100% underwriting compliance. He also listed challenges before us including increasing involvement in the local community, strengthening the community of WCOM members, getting more people involved in the tasks that keep the station on the air, and building a financial reserve.

 

WCOM at Carrboro Music Festival

Thanks to our station engineer, Donald (DJ Smooth Jazz) Brumfield and board member Don (Rock n Roll Doctor) Emmett, WCOM had a presence at the Carrboro Music Festival on September 25.

 

Don at Carrboro Music Festival 2016

 

Successful WCOM Benefit at The Kraken

Kraken Marquee
 
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Kraken for the WCOM benefit last night (Saturday,,August 20, 2016). Together we raised $600 for the station. Cosmic Country Band
Hank and Brendan
 
Big thanks need to go to Kirk and Josie at The Kraken for inviting us; Rick Sykes of Grilled Delights, and especially the musicians who donated their time:
 
Katharine Whalen
Katharine Whalen
Mama Mollases
The Cosmic Country Band
Hank and Brendan
                                                  Milagro Saints
 Milagro Saints
Our next scheduled fundraiser is our 12th birthday party at the Hickory Tavern on Thursday, November 3, 2016

Local Governments Support WCOM

WCOM will receive the most financial support from local government to date for FY2016-2017! The total of $1750 is the 3.5 times what we received during FY2015-2016.
 
The Orange County Board of County Commissioners approved an entirely new allocation of $1000. The Town of Carrboro increased its support to $750 from $500. Both funding allocations came through the Combined Outside Agency Heath and Human Services process that began with our submission of a complex application in January.
 
We appreciate this show of support from our local government elected officials and the WCOM show hosts who have welcomed them to our airwaves.

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