The Batchelor Pad with LA Batchelor

 

One of WCOM’s newest shows is The Batchelor Pad Show with LA Batchelor. The program joined the WCOM family in October 2015 and airs Mondays from 6 to 8 pm Eastern. It can also be heard on 900/1250 ESPN radio in New Hampshire (espnnhradio.com), WHBO in Tampa, Florida (Sports Talk 1450) and online at blogtalkradio.com. The program talks about the issues of the day from sports and politics to race, society, religion, and business (Full disclosure: I am a recurring guest on the program to talk business, legislation and the issues of the day).

LA Batchelor, show creator and host, first moved to North Carolina in 1998. He has been in radio for over 20 years working as a DJ playing urban R&B, jazz, rock, country, jazz, hip hop, gospel, quiet storm — and he’s done it during morning drive, mid-day, afternoon, evening, and overnight. “I’ve been all over the place,” says Batchelor. “It’s been a blessing. I love radio; it’s in my blood.”

The show’s eclectic mix of topics and guests as well as its broad audience enables the show to stay fresh, relevant, and on point for what impacts listeners on a daily basis. To learn more about the program, its host, and guests you can visit the show’s website: thebatchelorpadnetwork.com

 

Music Hall with Rocco Nittoli

“Radio shows don’t just happen. It takes planning and prep. It is about the music, the artist, and the message.” Says Rocco Nittoli host of WCOM’s Music Hall, which airs Saturdays 9 am to Noon. Rocco should know: He been on the air with Music Hall since December 2003, but began his radio career in 1961 and has spent decades honing his mastery of crafting the right mix of music, information on artists, and connecting with the audience across the airwaves.

Rocco’s experience in crafting a listener experience comes through in each Music Hall show. “I usually think about a theme for the show. My April 16 (2016) show’s theme was British groups. Then you find the strongest songs, not necessarily the number one songs or the biggest hits and groups, but you want timeless songs—the music and the lyrics—it needs to be as relevant today as it was when the music was made.” Says Rocco.

The best shows are seamless and seem effortless, but in reality require time and attention to detail in the planning, in choosing the music, and how to sequence it. They’re about making the transition between songs, messages, news, and information. According to Rocco, the best shows are about sharing the insights and the stories of the day and behind the music: “There is no substitute for experience in radio—people with experience have a huge advantage. Just like driving a car, the more time you spend behind the wheel the more instinctive it is to drive the car. [It’s] the same with radio. As you get older, you gain experience, but you also have changes in your voice, in learning the equipment, and the timing. It is different. You have to feel the show, the atmosphere of the day.” Says Rocco.

According to Rocco the theme shows in which he plays a genre or era of music take planning, but are more about finding the right songs and the right mix of sound and voices. Switching between groups and solo artists, male and female voice, tempo and beat, style and sound, it creates a dynamic interesting mix that keeps the audience tuned in. He wants a “tight” show where the audience hears song after song that connects them to the theme and to life. A song may take them back in time, get them to recall an emotion or experience, or become the soundtrack for the day. To keep the audience tuned in, put the effort into planning and preparing, and doing homework so the music mix brings fans in and keeps them listening.

Rocco’s Keys to a Great Show:

  1. Never play a “weak” song. Keep the audience in the theme, in the mood, and engaged.
  2. Always be prepared for a mistake, a glitch, a technical issue; have a backup plan for everything that could possibly go wrong. A CD isn’t playing? Have another ready to go. The microphone stops working? Have another plugged in. As part of your show preparation make a plan for what to do if the CD player doesn’t work, the turntable gets stuck, or the microphone goes dead.
  3. Always, always be aware of what you say on the air. The better you are on air, the more glaring the mistakes and technical issues will be. So be sure to keep the transitions smooth and tight, avoid dead air and develop your ability to adapt, recover, and keep the show interesting
  4. Remember: The first five minutes of the show sets the tone and are the hardest moments to do. With the first five minutes, you want to get the audience hooked and let them know what the show is about.

Rocco will be doing his 600th show in July 2016. Since Music Hall began in 2003, he has only missed two or three shows. For Rocco the show is as much about the lead in, the setup, the planning, as it is about the time on air. Tune in Saturdays 9 am to Noon Eastern to WCOM-FM’s Music Hall and listen to Rocco tell the story of our lives and times with timeless music and share his experience and love of music.

Author:  Lea Strickland, Host of Focus on Business

 

WCOM Bids Farewell to Long Time Host

For over 10 years, WCOM listeners have been entertained by a unique mix of Jazz and Standards on Saturdays at noon.

Fred Wasser’s Breathing Room premiered on November 20, 2004, Fred’s relaxed, casual and informative style made his show a very popular weekly feature on WCOM.

Fred is leaving the area to pursue an opportunity to produce programs for Nevada Public Radio KNPR in Las Vegas, he will be missed. His last show is May 16, 2015.

Ann Parrent host of “This is Easy” will be moving her show to Saturday at noon.

Please join us in wishing Fred the best as he begins his new opportunity.

Congressman Price visits Time Out

Time Out welcomed Congressman David Price for the 6th visit on April 6, 2015.  With him was Mac McCorkle, an old Democrat friend of Price and a Master’s professor at the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy.  Price has said he likes to visit WCOM wher he can say anything he wants.


Community Radio Promotes History Lesson from Stagville Plantation

Courage Cocktail Radio Show, hosted and produced by Lee Anne McClymont on Wednesday’s at NOON ET,  was honored to feature the photography of Dr. Brenda Scot.  Dr. Scott’s collection of photographs called, “Stagville Plantation: Black and White,”   opens  at the NC Museum of History in Raleigh, NC on March 1, 2014. The Courage Cocktail Radio Show titled, “Voice and View,” supports the exhibit. The  NC Museum of History website promotes Courage Cocktail Show #100: Historic Stagville: Black and White to engage and develop their visitors’ experience with the exhibit.  In addition to Dr. Scott’s photographs, Courage Cocktail  showcased the stunning vocals of Yolanda Hall  who performed live in the WCOM radio studio as a soundscape to  Dr. Scott’s photographs. Speaking on behalf of the Historic Stagville Plantation was Beverly McNeil, Stagville Board Member, who provided the  historical context of Stagville Plantation. Exhibit opens at the NC Museum of History, MARCH 1, 2014.

 http://www.ncdcr.gov/ncmoh/SeeOurExhibits/CurrentExhibits/Stagville.aspx

For The Love of Carrboro

On Friday, February 21, 12 noon – 1PM, dance off some work-week stress at the lunchtime dance party at the Century Center – 100 N Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC. Lunch provided by/to support nourish.org

WCOM will be broadcasting this event live so come by and say hi.

February is For The Love of Carrboro month! Celebrate all things Carrboro with events and special discounts from local merchants and restaurants. For more details www.fortheloveofcarrboro.com

Report a problem

If there is a problem at the radio station or on the WCOM website, please email a description of it to operations@wcomfm.org.

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  • A descriptive subject line such as “WCOM problem report: Mic 3 not working”
  • A specific description of the issue

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WCOM Bumper Stickers

Here at WCOM we’re committed to bringing you in-depth access to the Triangle’s best new musicians and intellects. Would you like to display your pride in us and your support for community radio? We have just the thing for you! We are offerring bumper stickers for $1 each. To get some for yourself, please place your payment in a self-addressed, self-stamped envelope and send it to the station (300-G East Main St., Carrboro, NC, 27510). We’ll send you back the stickers. We look forward to it!

Bluegrass Breakdown

Step back in time  with MrsBlueGrass and the Bluegrass Breakdown every Wednesday afternoon between 2-4pm. Explore the the early roots of America’s music, from Bill Monroe to the second generation, as well as more contemporary and local bands. 

Enjoy interviews, giveaways, historical tidbits and stories from different eras in bluegrass!