WCHL’s Heavner to Join UNC’s Journalism Hall of Fame

Story originally posted September 15, 2014, 5:12 p.m.

The UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication is welcoming WCHL’s owner and CEO Jim Heavner as a “Halls of Fame” inductee.

The N.C. Halls of Fame for Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations ceremony honors “individuals who have made outstanding, career-long contributions to their fields,” according to a press release from UNC.

Inductees must be native North Carolinians, or be identified in some way with the state.

Heavner – who’ll be inducted into the Journalism Hall of Fame – started working at WCHL in 1961, and was the force behind moving the music station to the news/talk format.

The station began life in 1953 under the ownership of Sandy McClamroch, who served as Chapel Hill’s mayor throughout the 1960s. By 1978, Heavner was the majority owner.

WCHL operates as a division of VilCom, of which Heaver is owner and CEO.

Heavner is one of eight Halls of Fame inductees to be honored at the Oct. 10 event at the Sheraton Chapel Hill.

Others include UNC Professor Emeritus Harry Amana, the first black journalism professor at the university; and Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s “Hardball.”

In 1968, Matthews dropped out of the UNC doctoral program in economics after one year to join the Peace Corps.

Tickets for the event are $75, and they’re available through Sept. 26. You can purchase them by calling 919-843-2026.


Chamber Unveils Chapel Hill-Carrboro Business Hall of Fame

CHAPEL HILL – Your Chapel Hill-Carrboro community is what it is because of the people who have made an impact, and the Chamber of Commerce is recognizing 12 individuals who have shaped the local business world.

“We wanted an organization, not only did they run a good business, but that it was impactful, that it shaped our community, that it was entrepreneurial, that they re-invested in our community,” Chamber President Aaron Nelson said. “And we looked at 40 or 50 candidates and we settled on these 12 for the inaugural class, and they are our community icons.”

When determining which business should be considered for the Hall of Fame, the Chamber needed to develop criteria for eligibility.  Peter Tompkins said that there were a couple factors they thought were important.

“A couple of things just to be eligible in the first place was that they need to either be retired from what they’re doing or of a certain age, and of course their impact on the community,” Tompkins said.

In the future, Tompkins says many more businesses will be reviewed to join these great businesses in the Hall of Fame.

The inaugural class of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Business Hall of Fame includes:

Stein, Bill, and Jesse Basnight Sr. of S.h. Basnight & Sons, INC.

Michael Barefoot of Southern Season

Mildred Council of Mama Dip’s

Orville Camplbell of The Chapel Hill News

Ted and Edward Danziger of Restraunteurs

Mickey Ewell of Chapel Hill Restaurant Group

R.B. and Jenny Fitch of Fitch Creations

Mac Fitch of Fitch Lumber and Hardware

WCHL’s own Jim Heavner

George Wattes Hill, Sr. of Central Carolina Bank

Frank Kenan of Kenan Oil and Kenan Transport


Mel Rashkis of Mel Rashkis & Associates

To honor the inaugural class of the Business Hall of Fame, the Chamber will host a black tie event that includes a cocktail hour, live music, and a three course meal.

The induction will be on November 13, and tickets are available online by clicking here.


CHHS JV Football Cancelled; Live Local High School Football; Project Connect

CHAPEL HILL – The Chapel Hill High School JV football team will cancel its first game against South Granville for this Thursday 8/29/13.  The team does not have enough players at the moment to field a full JV football team.

CHHS is anticipating that more young men will come out for the JV team now that school is back in session.  The schools says it hopes to field a team for the rest of the season.


For the first time ever, WCHL and Chapelboro.com are teaming up to bring you live play-by-play coverage of two local football games each week.

Last Friday night kicked off the action as your local radio station and multi-media website continue to be your home for Chapel Hill, Carrboro, OrangeCounty, and ChathamCounty schools’ high school football games Friday night.

Your local schools have never before received this kind of coverage.  Each Friday night, you’ll find a link to the games being broadcast at the top of Chapelboro.com. In Orange, Chatham, Wake, Alamance, and Durham you can listen to one of the two games on 97.9 FM and 1360 AM.

For all the local teams’ schedules-including broadcast plans- weekly results, and full game replays, click here.


On October 10, the HargravesCommunity Center will host Project Connect, a one-day, one-stop center to connect the homeless with a broad range of short and long term services.

Since 2007, the event has helped more than 900 people in OrangeCounty; the event is a key strategy of the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness.

More than 50 social service agencies and 300 volunteers will serve an expected 300 guests and provide them with information on services that could help out.

Project Connect takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the HargravesCenter on North Roberson Street in Chapel Hill.

For more information you can click here.


WCHL 2013 Community Forum

Community leaders and neighbors came to the WCHL and Chapelboro.com offices yesterday with one goal in mind: to discuss our beloved community. Big names like Holden Thorp, Brian Chacos, Barry Jacobs, Reilly Parker and many more all spoke at the forum.