Webmasters Note: The below may result in an increased reliance on automation for show broadcasts, and potentially less in-station personnel, at this time.

WCOM, aka the Public Gallery of Carrboro, is an all-volunteer nonprofit community radio station. Although our show hosts (and other volunteers) are not truly “staff” WCOM considers all associated with the station to be part of our broadcasting/station family.

With that in mind we are concerned that our “family” is safe and informed during the outbreak of the virus referred to as COVID-19. As you know this dangerous virus can cause illness ranging from mild to severe and, in some cases, can be fatal. Symptoms typically include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Some people infected with the virus have reported experiencing other non-respiratory symptoms. Other people, referred to as asymptomatic cases, have experienced no symptoms at all. According to the CDC, symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, including: ■ Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). ■ Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has SARS-CoV-2 on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the primary way the virus spreads

In general, we encourage basic infection prevention measures: ■ Promote frequent and thorough hand washing, including by providing workers and worksite visitors with a place to wash their hands (the bathroom of the ArtsCenter). If soap and running water are not immediately available, please use alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60% alcohol. ■ Avoid studio attendance if you are sick. ■ Employ respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes.

An individual host can choose to engage in cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, equipment, and other elements of the work environment by using cleaning chemicals that have Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved disinfectant labels with claims against emerging viral pathogens.

Additionally, WCOM would encourage:

  • Hosts use, when available, pre-recorded shows so as to minimize traffic in the studio
  • If hosts are in the studio that they provide (for their use) the above-identified disinfectant cleaners on console, microphone, decks, and/or other equipment that may have become contaminated.

You are important to WCOM and we want you all to be safe and sound during this difficult time. Please engage in practices that will ensure your safety. 3/11/2020

Democracy Now special Super Tuesday 3/3/2020 7pm

 One of our most popular shows is the live broadcast 
of Democracy Now! each weekday 8am.  
While WCOM won't be broadcasting this special, 
our listeners can do so as below:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Tuesday, March 3, 7 p.m. ET
 On  Super Tuesday, March 3, Democracy Now! is teaming up with
 The Intercept  to broadcast a live Super Tuesday special on 
the biggest voting day of  the presidential primary race.
 Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman, Juan González and Nermeen Shaikh 
will be  joined by The Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill and others to
 host a rolling  roundtable discussion with guests across the 
country, reporting  real-time results and analysis as polls close
 in 14 states.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         WATCH LIVE Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. ET at 

New Shows Update for Jan 2020

Several new shows are starting the new year!

Grateful Dave’s High Lonesome will broadcast on Tuesday’s from 6pm-8pm.

Join Grateful Dave each week, as he takes a journey through Bluegrass, NewGrass, Americana, and American roots music, from Elisabeth Cotton to Elisabeth Reed and beyond. Grateful Dave Cottingham  email:

Then on Monday-Friday from 7am-8am, just before our live broadcast of Democracy Now! (and right after Background Briefing, we will broadcast The Tom Hartmann Show.

a progressive national and internationally syndicated talk show host whose shows are available in over a half-billion homes worldwide. He’s the New York Times bestselling, 4-times Project Censored Award-winning author of 24 books in print in 17 languages on five continents. Leonardo DiCaprio was inspired by Thom’s book “The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight” to make the movie “The 11th Hour” (in which Thom appears), and the movie “Ice On Fire.”

Talkers Magazine named Thom Hartmann as the 10th most important talk show host in America in 2019 and has been in the top ten for over a decade and is the #1 most important progressive host, in their “Heavy Hundred” ranking.

His radio show is syndicated on for-profit FM and AM radio stations nationally, on non-profit and community stations nationwide by Pacifica.

WCOM 15th Birthday

We celebrated our 15th Birthday on Nov 7 at the Hickory Tavern. Thanks to all those who came, donated, and local merchants who donated an outstanding array of popular raffle prizes. Mark your calendars for next years party!

Successful Event: WCOM Rockin’ the Kraken 2019

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

7:00 – 7:45 PM             Rod Abernethy
8:00 – 8:45 PM             Novy//Ireland
9:00 – 9:45 PM             Stan Lewis & Those Law Breakin’ Revelers
10:00 – 10:45 PM         Wyatt Easterling
11:00 to 11:45 PM        Too Much Fun

New Shows Update:

The Programming Committee (Chair Larry Solomon, host of Deja Vu Sundays 3-5pm ) updates us on the below new shows for Jan-June 2019. Clicking on the show will take you to the details on each show page. Interested in becoming a host on WCOM? Apply by clicking here!

The Buzz Host: Christine Bush Time Slot:  6-7 pm Sundays

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.

Cup of Technology Host: Dr. Rochelle Newton Time Slot:  4-5 pm Saturdays

A Cup of Technology is a weekly talk show that features lively analysis of the trending news in culture, education, important issues social issues, impactful interviews with those who know and of course, the latest in technology! A Cup of Technology welcomes calls, questions, or comments.  Listeners can also submit topics for discussion.

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.