2021 For’Em On The Hill

Sparking Community Conversations on 97.9 The Hill and Chapelboro December 6-10

The annual community forum on 97.9 The Hill and Chapelboro.com is taking place from Monday, December 6 through Friday, December 10. As 2021 draws to a close, join us for a chance to hear from local leaders, lawmakers, educators, officials, professionals and experts as we discuss the path through the current year — and the years to come — in our community.

Sponsored by Alliance Health, Chapel Hill Transit, Trinsic Residential Mortgage, Durham Technical Community College, UNC Health and Grubb Properties, this year’s programming continues 97.9 The Hill and Chapelboro’s tradition of timely, informative conversations centered squarely on issues impacting our audience.

Live from the studios of 97.9 The Hill from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, the For ‘Em On The Hill will cover 10 topics over 10 hours – with conversations ranging from public safety and social justice to education and business. In addition to standard broadcasting on AM/FM, The For ‘Em will be streamed live on Chapelboro.com. Once daily conversations have concluded, the audio will also be posted below on this page.  The list of topics is as follows:


K-12 Education, 4-5pm

Dr. Nyah Hamlett, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Superintendent

Connie Crimmins, Executive Director of Exceptional Children Pre-K Services

Dr. Chris Gammon, Orange County Schools Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Health and Wellness, 5-6pm

Crystal Schiller, UNC Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Mehul Mankad, Alliance Health


Housing, 4-5pm

Delores Bailey, Executive Director, EmPOWERment, Inc.

Pam Hemminger, Mayor of Chapel Hill

Holly Fraccaro, CEO, Homebuilders Association of Durham, Orange, and Chatham Counties

Our Region, 5-6pm

Randy Voller, publisher, Chatham County Line

Jenn Weaver, Hillsborough Mayor; Vice-Chair, Durham/Chapel Hill/Carrboro MPO

Scott Levitan, President & CEO, Research Triangle Park

Karen Howard, Chatham County Commissioner


Downtown Chapel Hill-Carrboro, 4-5pm

Matt Gladdek, Executive Director, Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership

Clay Grubb, CEO, Grubb Properties

Michael Benson, owner, Franklin Motors

Transportation and Transit, 5-6pm

Brian Litchfield, Director, Chapel Hill Transit

Damon Seils, Mayor of Carrboro

Michael Parker, Chapel Hill Town Council

Joe Milazzo, Executive Director, Regional Transportation Alliance


Higher Education, 4-5pm

JB Buxton, Durham Technical Community College

William Sturkey, UNC Associate History Professor

Tourism and the Arts, 5-6pm

Patty Griffin, Director of Communications, Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau

Katie Murray, Director, Orange County Arts Commission

Anthony Carey, General Manager, The Siena Hotel


Social Justice, 4-5pm

Danita Mason-Hogans, Civil Rights Activist and Historian

Anna Richards, Orange County Commissioner

Paris Miller-Foushee, Chapel Hill Town Council

Economic Development, 5-6pm

Dwight Bassett, Chapel Hill Economic Development Director

Ryan Stewart, Managing Director – Carolinas, Trinsic Residential Group

Jon Hartman-Brown, Carrboro Economic Development Director

Renee Price, Orange County Commissioner

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