The third annual WCOM Benefit Concert at the Kraken returned on Saturday, August 17th 2019 in White Cross, just west of Carrboro. Postponed by a hurricane in 2018, artists donate their time with all tips going to all volunteer, non-profit WCOM radio.
We appreciate everyone who came out for our most successful Kraken concert by far.We collected a total of $837.30 (roughly 4% of our annual budget). The first two combined earned $997.
The Kraken concert is a highlight of the WCOM calendar, bringing together our community in a fun atmosphere. The nest two station events are the Annual Meeting in October and the celebration of WCOM’s 15th birthday at the Hickory Tavern on Thursday, November 7th.
We appreciate the inventiveness and energy of Eliza Dubose in making the concert an event.Thanks to our emcees: Jerry Villemain and Becky Johnson. The event could not happen at all without the generosity of the Kraken staff, its owners Kirk and Jody, and its generous regulars. Most of all, we appreciate the exceptional musicians who donated their time to benefit your community radio station, WCOM. Rod AbernethyWyatt Easterling and Mike RosadaStan Lewis & His Lawbreaking Revelers (overheard quote of the night in the bar – “I don’t know much about country music, but that’s what it is.” (Karen Novy and Robert IrelandToo Much Fun )
WCOM Rockin’ the Kraken Schedule, Saturday, August 17, 2019
The format is a showcase of indie music sourced online from the Creative Commons, SoundCloud, the Free Music Archive, Bandcamp, and miscellaneous crowdfunding projects with occasional guest interviews or artist spotlights. Also included will be reviews of new recordings and music news.
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Our World Today Host: Sam Bell Time Slot: TBD
“Our World Today” is an interview show that covers a wide range of topics of contemporary interest, including politics, history, science, and religion. The show draws most of all from people within our local community, especially since the universities, industries, and other institutions in our area draw in many people who would be interesting interview subjects. The host has a personal background in scientific research, history, philosophy, and religious studies that he can draw from.
The WCOM Board discussed how to make the audio of the report available – while deciding against pre-empting shows for broadcast, we are using our website to point listeners to the audio on the web at muellerreportaudio.com. The publication of the report was released April 18, 2019, and is available at justice.gov/storage/report.pdfary
For many of us, sitting down to read through the entire report page-by-page is unrealistic. Making this available in an audio format, without biased political commentary. Because of the wide public interest in the document, believe it should be available for free for anyone.
You can support in other ways by telling your coworkers, friends and
family about the show, sharing the episodes on social media, and rating
and reviewing the podcast on the various platforms are other ways to
help return the value you get from this production effort.
CARRBORO, NC: The Hickory Tavern located inside the Hampton Inn at 370 East Main Street in Carrboro hosted the annual birthday celebration for
community radio station, WCOM-LP 103.5, on Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 5PM until 9PM. Over $1000 was raised for WCOM. If you or your business would like to be a sponsor a show, please call 919-675-2787.
James Coley, long time host on WCOM, had a heart attack at his desk at UNC and died earlier this week. The NC Ethical Humanist Society held a memorial for him on Sunday, July 22 2018.
PER LISTENER REQUESTS, WE HAVE AVAILABLE A RECENT SHOW MR. COLEY DID WITH CONGRESSMAN DAVID PRICE, LISTEN HERE:
Mr. Coley was a past president of the NC Ethical Humanist Society, as well as a wonderfully friendly curmudgeon. Many at WCOM had serious debates with him, as well as a few less so. The humanists facebook page posted a note on his passing and you may find information there: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EHSOT/permalink/21151501954330/ or perhaps on the website ncethicalsociety.org
During his show time in the station July 5, 2018 (Thursday 6-6:30pm) we did a brief memorial to him (myself, Bluesman Marc Lee, and former jazz host Solomon Gibson III). James would have appreciated the songs we played, as a hard line atheist:
-John Lennon’s “Imagine” and “God”, and
-“Mean Church People” by MSG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1Gr0Jmi6CE ).
I am a metaphysical naturalist, empiricist and scientific realist, with an epistemology that blends elements of foundationalism and coherentism. Circular chains of epistemic justification are allowed as long as they pass through a quasi-foundation of beliefs there is no good reason to doubt.
My view on free will I call firm determinism. There are conflicting ordinary language concepts of free will; my Control Theory of Freedom offers autonomous control as a successor. There are variations of the concept, and most but not all of them are incompatible with determinism.
In ethics, I have a prescriptivist view. There are no objective values, but that is no reason for me not to act on my Humanist value system. I believe in reason, but it is only instrumental with respect to a value system.
I am an atheist. There is no purpose for human life ordained by the Universe, evolution or anything else. We give life significance and purpose through our values, and most importantly our actions. The way to find meaning in life is to find meaningful things to do — and then do them
For another year in a row, community radio WCOM was voted a finalist in the “Best Local Radio Station” category for IndyWeek’s Best of the Triangle 2018. Our co-finalist was megawatt MIX 101.5, both beaten out for “best of” by mega station WUNC. We’re proud to be voted in the best-of, and thank our listeners and supporters!
Details are on the IndyWeek website: https://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/best-of-the-triangle-2018-local-color/Content?oid=14840479