As of today (Monday, September 19, 2016), WCHL will be presenting local programming all day during the week. Here is the lineup for weekday programming:
- Ron Stutts, the voice of Chapel Hill for 39 years, will add an hour to his morning show each weekday. He will be on air from 6 am until 10 am with the same popular features and a few more tunes.
- From 10 am – 3 pm, WCHL will now air adult album alternative (such as Adele, Mumford & Sons, and R.E.M.) and original local talk content with Nicki Morse.
- Aaron Keck will continue to host local news and talk on weekdays from 3 to 7 pm.
- WCHL will focus on sports during the 7 pm hour.
- The 8 pm to 6 am time slots will include music as well as shows hosted by local and national leaders on subjects such as health, finance, politics, business, cooking, sports and non-profits.
The biggest change is the original local programming that will be running from 10 am to 3 pm. This show will air adult album alternative music, which has broad market appeal and is workplace appropriate, interspersed with local talk content that will include news and sports updates, stories and announcements of local interest and other features. This will replace the syndicated talk shows that currently air during this time. For those who want to continue listening to these shows, here are the links for listening live each day.
Regarding the programming changes, Chris Ehrenfeld, one of WCHL’s new local owners said, “We received a great deal of feedback from our listeners. People asked for more local content and music. So that’s what we are doing.”
“With this change, we hope people will listen all day long – at work, at home, wherever they are. WCHL will be an even better source for local news and information.” said new co-owner Mark Vitali.
Other new things on the horizon for WCHL include a new app, a refreshed design for its website chapelboro.com and a brand new state-of-the-art studio at University Place.
The station will continue to carry UNC football, basketball, baseball and soccer. WCHL will also continue to broadcast high school football on Friday nights and have Saturday and Sunday morning news from 7-9 am with Colin Schultz.
Jim Kitchen, another local owner, said, “In addition to the new studio and new programming, we will soon launch a new app and a redesigned website. We are very excited about the future of WCHL and its commitment to this community.”
“We are all very excited about the new WCHL,” added Ehrenfeld.