Programming on 97.9 The Hill WCHL

Broadcasting live on 97.9 FM and 1360 AM, and streaming live from or your favorite streaming service.

6am – 9am, Monday – Friday

Local news, sports, trivia, trends, humor, music, issues, ideas, books, perspectives and more – and appearances by co-host Victor Lewis! This Morning with Aaron Keck is your home for all things Orange County.

9am – 3pm, Monday – Friday

Listen while you work!  Music and Morse is here from 9am to 3pm every day to get you through your workday with a groove-worthy blend of Adult Album Alternative hits from the 80s, 90s and 2000s.


3pm – 6pm, Monday – Friday

For all your local news be sure to tune into ‘News on the Hill’ with News Director Brighton McConnell.  Each hour includes local news, sports updates, music and appearances from Assistant News Director Elle Kehres.


6pm – 7pm, Monday – Friday

The best in local music every weekday, plus live performances from local artists and Studio Sessions with the School of Rock Chapel Hill!


Check the Broadcast Calendar for Showtimes

Check the Broadcast Calendar for Game times

The Ron Stutts Show (Archived)

The Aaron Keck Show (Archived)

Station History

WCHL is Chapel Hill’s oldest, most reliable broadcaster, having started on January 25, 1953. Local businessman and Chapel Hill mayor Sandy McClamroch initially owned the 1,000-watt AM station, which focused on covering local news in the Chapel Hill township. The radio station served as the start of the Village Broadcasting Companies, which eventually turned into Vilcom, and served the community by playing top 40 music and talk shows in addition to local news coverage.

After being sold by Vilcom to Curtis Media in 1997, the company regained control of WCHL in 2002 and brought it back to Chapel Hill after a brief relocation to Durham. Rudd Media and the Chapel Hill Media Group purchased WCHL in 2015, switching the station’s format to incorporate music into a lineup of live shows each weekday morning and afternoon.

Over the years, WCHL has helped launch the careers of nationally recognized broadcasters and journalists. Television Academy Hall-of-Famer Charles Kuralt and sportscaster Jim Lampley both worked at the radio station while students at UNC. Additionally, broadcasters like Tar Heel Sports announcer Woody Durham, television host Ty Boyd and longtime morning show host Ron Stutts have all graced WCHL’s airwaves over its many years.

Today, WCHL is 97.9 The Hill, available on FM (97.9) and AM (1360) radio and headquartered in the University Place mall. We continue to serve excellent programming to the Chapel Hill/Carrboro community and Orange County region, like local news, sports and talk shows, in addition to alternative music and CBS News reports.

97.9 The Hill has been a part of the Chapel Hill community since 1953. Check out some of the photos from our past!

Chapel Hill Media Group is 97.9 The Hill WCHL and  Proud to be part of your community, striving every day to educate, inform, and entertain the greater Orange County area. If it’s important to you, it’s important to us. We have been a part of your community since 1953 and are still going strong. does not charge subscription fees. You can support local journalism and our mission to serve the community. Contribute today – every single dollar matters.