Position: General Manager – listener, wrangler, planner, thinker, strategist, and overseer of things (radio stuff, people, items, ideas).
Describe Yourself: I’m originally a city girl, born and raised in Washington DC, but I have found my home here in Chapel Hill. I heard someone say once, “I wasn’t born in Chapel Hill, but I got here as fast as I could.” This really resonates with me, because I can honestly say that I have never felt more at home anywhere. I came to the radio station in 2003 and I love my job and the wonderful staff at 97.9 The Hill/Chapelboro. In addition to my work family, I have my own family. I am the proud wife of Justin R. Williams and proud mother of our son, Fox R. Williams. This works out perfectly, because the number three is, and has always been, my favorite number.
Favorite Song: Most people who know me know that The Smiths is my all time favorite band. But choosing a favorite song out of all of the songs in the world is SO HARD. What constitutes a favorite? For me, it is probably something that a) I never tire of and b) consistently brings the same amount of joy it did from the first time I ever heard it. For The Smiths, some faves are: Stretch Out and Wait, Cemetry Gates and Vicar in a Tutu. I am a music lover and I am constantly discovering music that is new to me and falling in love with bands. Email me if you’d like a list of more recent faves!
Position: Morning Show Host
Describe Yourself: Ron has been waking up Chapel Hill since the beginning of time. Not exactly true, but close. Since 1977, he’s been the first voice our listeners hear in the morning. You may know him from the radio, but maybe from around town, too. He certainly gets around, although not quite as fast as he used to get around. He’s always sleep-deprived, but somehow manages to make it into the 97.9 The Hill studios each weekday to start the show. He takes pride in delivering the news and all the necessary community information, and making sure our listeners know that everything’s going to be all right. He’s also the emcee for various community events, including the annual 4th of July celebrations for both Chapel Hill and Carrboro (where it’s always 1 degree cooler) and for more than four decades, the host for “Countdown to Kickoff,” our exclusive coverage of Carolina Football! Ron has been honored as North Carolina Radio Personality of the Year an amazing 5 times! He loves his family, his listeners, the radio station, and music, not necessarily in that order! Wake up with Ron and get your day started with everything you need to know between 6 and 9 AM. And from 9 to 10, he cuts loose with some killer tunes, including “The Music In My Head!’ The Ron Stutts Show is the only way to get your day started here in The Southern Part of Heaven!
Favorite Song: Gee. Who the hell knows? There are so many.
A few songs I really like:
“Everyday People”- Sly & the Family Stone
“The Chain” – Fleetwood Mac
“Against The Wind” – Bob Seger
“With A Little Help From My Friends” – Joe Cocker
“Gimme Shelter” – The Rolling Stones
And I don’t want to name any others because I just can’t think of them right now. But there are so many!
Position: Host of The Aaron Keck Show, 3-7 pm weekdays on 97.9 The Hill!
Describe Yourself: I’ve been here at 97.9 The Hill WCHL since 2010, and still loving it every day. I was born in Lansing, Michigan (go Michigan State!), got my Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University, moved to the Triangle in 2008 for a postdoc at Duke, and fell in love with the area immediately. Now I get to go on every day and talk about local news, sports, issues, and music with some of the smartest, funniest, most influential folks in town. (And I also teach American Government at Durham Tech, when I’m not on the air.)
Fun fact: I got the job at WCHL by doing comedy in the local improv scene. True story!
Position: Program Director / Mid-day Host. I create and maintain on-air programming plus music and entertainment during your workday!
Describe Yourself: I grew up in Hillsborough and went to Orange High School. I’ve been in broadcasting since 1991! I’ve been able to interview a lot of celebrities over the years – James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Donnie Osmond, and Paul McCartney just to name a few. Fun Facts- my parents met at UNC, I have driven across the country, and my daughter was a Carolina Hurricanes Cheerleader/Dancer!
Favorite Song: Elton John “The Bitch is Back” cause it’s a “Bitchin’” song!
Aaron “AJ” Johnson
Position: Production Director and Edgy Night Guy
Describe Yourself: Appalachian State graduate. Been on the radio for seven years which is around 1/6th of the time that Ron has. So I’ve got that going for me which is nice.
Favorite Song: Anything ACDC; It’s all great so why choose one?
Position: Digital Content Editor, Weekend Host, Man-About-Town and All-Around Cool Guy™
Describe Yourself: Victor Lewis is a writer. He was born in Kannapolis and grew up in Pittsboro. He came back home to the Piedmont in 2012, and currently resides in Durham. He enjoys tackboard, V-necks, Crispix and impermanence. All of his drinks must have an odd number of ice cubes, and he is actively trying to do less. For more information, do not call or text him.
Favorite Song: His #1 most played song on Spotify is Flamingosis’ “Brunch at the Bodega”
Position: Marketing and Operations Manager. I coordinate major station events and promotions, and assist with administrative tasks like processing payments and payroll.
Describe Yourself: I was born and raised in Western North Carolina where I grew an appreciation of small sleepy towns and mountains views. After attending Appalachian State I lived in Guadalajara, Mexico for a year where I taught ESL. I have lived in the Triangle Area for the past 10 years starting in Raleigh and slowly migrating to Hillsborough. I have a beautiful, energetic young son and a cranky and sleepy old cat. I have worked for 97.9 The Hill and Chapelboro.com since Fall of 2015!
Position: Art Director – I do art and stuff. Anything and everything from Graphic Design, Social Media Marketing, and helping Jada with whatever she needs!
Describe Yourself: Oh boy, here we go again. I am a recent 2019 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill/UNC School of Media and Journalism. I am a “horse girl” by nature and have ridden since I was six years old! I have a two-year-old black labrador/boxer mix named Birdie and she is my world. My older sister and I were born in Knoxville, Tennessee but grew up in Chapel Hill from the ages of 10 and 12. I am a big rock ‘n’ roll fan and concert junkie – I constantly pick Ron’s brain for song recommendations and he pleasantly humors me.
Favorite Song: This question is mean! I’ll just say some of my favorite artists: Bastille, Gorillaz, Greta Van Fleet, Palaye Royale, The Jacks, Led Zeppelin, Lime Spiders, Mondo Cozmo, The Black Keys, Joywave, Beck, Mötley Crüe, KALEO, and Bob Seger! Just to name a few…
Kenny Dike/Sir Kenneth
Position: Billing, Radio Broadcast & Sales Operations Manager. Also #ContentTeam and #ITKenny
Describe Yourself: 5’10, Blond Hair, Capricorn Skin, Live in Downtown Hillsborough, Went to UNC. Fun Fact – Was a WCHL Intern in college.
Favorite Song: “Son of A Bitch” – Nathaniel Rateliff
Position: Account Executive and Host of Woman Crush Wednesday. Our 97.9 The Hill & Chapelboro.com team is awesome and I’m so lucky to work with each and every one of them!
Describe Yourself: I’ve lived in Chapel Hill since 1993 and absolutely love everything about this town. I have degrees in Anthropology & Sociology from Appalachian State University where I fell in love with the town of Boone, and my amazing husband Brian. We live in Mebane with our dogs, Cooper and Cameron, and cats, Brooke and Dexter. Personally, I think there’s room for more furry friends. Brian disagrees.
Favorite Song: Anything by Eric Church. Also, Try a Little Tenderness by Otis Redding, simply because of Duckie’s dancing in Pretty in Pink.
Position: Account Executive
Describe Yourself: I’m a busy wife, mother of three and athlete! I like to run half marathons and do triathalons so I can eat all the buffalo wings and chocolate I want. Proud Boston College Carrol School of Management Alum.
Favorite Song: Whenever God Shines His Light by Van Morrison or anything by U2!
Position: News Director: I report and manage the news content for both Chapelboro.com and 97.9 The Hill.
Describe Yourself: I was born and raised in Brevard, North Carolina, before moving to Chapel Hill to attend UNC. As a broadcast journalism major, I was very involved with Carolina Connection and competed in the Hearst Awards National Championship for Journalism. Following graduation, I joined 97.9 The Hill before being promoted to News Director in December 2019. In my free time, I enjoy watching movies and podcasting about them, playing disc golf and visiting the mountains!
Favorite Song: Hmm… could I just say all of Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ album or Kasey Musgraves’ ‘Golden Hour’ album as my favorite song? I’ll just go with theme song instead, which I’ll say is Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love.”
Position: Reporter. I work to bring the community their local news and turn quality stories on local government and new development development daily. I take a special interest in members of the community who are researching and educating in the mental health field!
Describe Yourself: I have lived in array of places, starting from my roots growing up on Guam – to my adolescence in California – to the culture shock that was southern Georgia – before settling in North Carolina. I had a quick hiatus studying and then living in England before completing my studies at UNC Chapel Hill and graduating with a broadcast journalism degree. My love for radio began in England where I had a instructor that worked for the BBC. I love the ability to tell a story with just sound – how we can focus on people’s words and not get distracted by the pretty pictures. I had a quick stint working in the TV industry in Charlotte but quickly returned to my radio roots, coming back to Chapel Hill and starting at 97.9 The Hill in January. I am a complete travel addict. When I somehow accumulate enough funds, I am off – mostly travelling solo. My favorite destinations have been the lake district in Slovenia, Brighton, England, Cusco, Peru and Lisbon, Portugal. I speak passable Spanish and Portuguese and enjoy any opportunity to practice – albeit I am very rusty these days. I have one brother, and a sister-in-law I adore, who currently live in Atlanta. Most of my extended family still resides in Los Angeles. I return at least once a year for my family’s annual camping trip to Bass Lake. Three generations later, we’ve been roughing it in the dirt there for almost 60 years consecutively. Out of everywhere I’ve been, it’s my favorite place in the world. Outside of radio and travel, I am a washed-up competitive ballroom dancer who still likes to make it ‘out on the town’ every now and again. Bachata, Samba and Swing are my dances of choice. My cooking is decent but I’m a baker at heart. My chocolate banana-bread and ginger-molasses cookies are to die for (if I do say so myself). I grew up spending most of my free time reading and still prefer it to watching TV. My happy place is either by the water or at a concert. Finally, I am thrilled to be working for The Hill and am excited to keep telling YOUR stories!
Favorite Song: My theme song is currently “Swing Low” by The Kooks. This changes every few years. My past three theme songs have all been Kooks songs. I saw them perform in their native home of London back in 2015 and that was probably the peak of my life.
Position: Digital Content Manager
Background: Dakota grew up in Bradenton, FL and graduated from Florida State University. He is an avid photographer and is always looking for the next great shot.
Favorite Song: Arctic Monkeys – Red Light Indicates Doors Are Secured