We support independent, local music
WCOM is firmly committed to supporting independent music. If you have a new release or will be performing in the area, we have several ways of helping you reach our listeners. For best results, please follow the suggestions below.
Our music library
WCOM is an all-volunteer community radio station without a music director, or librarian. Our volunteer hosts are completely in control of the content on their show. Most bring in their own music to play. The only way to find out whether your music has been played is by contacting individual hosts. Similarly, we lack the capacity to tell people whether a specific recordings have been received. Telephone calls are discouraged. Usually only the host on air is at the station, so the folks who maintain the play boxes probably will not get the message. Physical material may be sent directly to programming committee chair “Tofu Dave”, 1220 Tallyho Trl, Chapel Hill NC 27516-9607
New release play box
WCOM does maintain a new release play box. If you’re playing a gig in the Triangle area (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill and vicinity), we have a dedicated coming-soon play box. Musicians, labels, and publicists must be aware that these play boxes receive only sporadic airplay. The only time DJs are around them is when they are actually on the air, and many of us program our shows in advance.
The best way to publicize your performance is to contact the relevant host(s) directly.
Address your music to specific people/shows
For best results, your recorded music needs to be addressed to a specific show or show host. You can find our schedule here. This will prevent your album from sitting on a shelf unloved and lonely.
Here is a are two examples of address formats that will maximize your chances for airplay.:
DJ Firstname Lastname
P.O. Box 475
Carrboro, NC 27510