20th Anniversary Celebration

WNCU 90.7 FM and North Carolina Central University will open the radio station to the public on August 13, 2014, for an open house reception.  This is the first in a series of activities in celebration of WNCU’s 20th anniversary leading up to August 2015.  The ceremony will feature elected officials, high profile NCCU officials, giveaways and live music from NCCU’s own Robert Trowers, co-host of Eagle Jazz, on the air at WNCU.  Join the staff and management in the lobby of the Farrison-Newton Communications Building at 1801 Fayetteville Street in Durham.

The evening kicks off at 6 p.m. with an introduction by WNCU General Manager Lackisha Freeman.   More than a dozen well-known names and faces will wish WNCU a happy anniversary.  The station will also open for tours.

The anniversary celebration continues throughout 2014-15, with a wide variety of events and activities that underscore WNCU’s impact on Durham and surrounding communities, as well as the history and enduring appeal of public radio. Among the year’s highlights:

  • August 18, 2014 – Durham, NC WNCU Partnership with the Blue Note Grill
  • August 29, 2014 – Durham, NC Cuban Revolution Remote Broadcast
  • September 13-14, 2014 – Hillsborough Jazz Festival, 12 – 6 p.m.
  • September 18, 2014 – Durham, NC WNCU Panel Discussion, 11 a.m. – noon
  • September 20-21, 2014 – Durham, NC Centerfest, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • September 22, 2014 – Durham Blue Note Grill Jazz Jam
  • September 26, 2014 – Durham, NC Cuban Revolution Remote Broadcast, 8 – 10 p.m.
  • October 15-24, 2014 Durham, NC WNCU Fall Fest
  • October 11, 2014 – Durham, NC Blue Note Grill, 8 – 11 p.m.
  • October 31, 2014 – Durham, NC Cuban Revolution Remote, 8 – 10 p.m.
  • November 11, 2014 – Durham, NC WNCU Food Drive
  • November 21, 2014 – Durham, NC Cuban Revolution Remote, 8 – 10 p.m.
  • December 12, 2014 – Durham, NC Blue Note Grill Remote Ann McCue, 9 p.m. – midnight

WNCU will host several other events over the course of the celebratory year.

“This yearlong celebration is a tribute to our listening audience, corporate sponsors and our university for their support throughout the years,” said WNCU general manager Lackisha Freeman.  “Please come join us in celebrating 20 years of presenting and preserving great music, news and information in the Triangle community and surrounding areas.  This is truly an exciting time for WNCU and a pivotal moment in our history as we catapult into many more years of success.  We are the most listened to jazz station in the Triangle.  I thank everyone for keeping WNCU relevant and pushing to keep this public radio station around for future generations.” Freeman has been the general manager of WNCU since September of 2010.

Before Freeman, Edith Thorpe was the general manager.  She came to WNCU in April of 2001.  “It was sheer joy to share such an artistic and cultural gift worldwide and to break ground on some of the most interesting and provocative news and public affairs programming,” Thorpe said of her time at WNCU.  “WNCU was established to share these gifts and I am blessed to have had the pleasure for eight years.”

Donald Baker worked in the early days of WNCU with former NCCU chancellor Tyronza Richmond to lay the framework for the station.  Baker, WNCU’s first general manager secured the license for WNCU-FM under then chancellor Julius Chambers.  “WNCU is approaching its 20th year because listeners and supporters contribute to support the station,” he said. “The university, licensee to WNCU-FM, is the “silent partner” that created this public venture.  As licensee, the university assures that we continue to hear unique voices that share information and alternative perspectives on issues that affect the communities in which we live and work.”

WNCU is a 50,000 watt radio station.  Since its debut, the station has consistently fulfilled its mission to provide quality culturally appropriate programming to public radio listeners in the Triangle area. The format of this listener supported public radio station entertains the jazz aficionado, educates the novice jazz listener and disseminates news and information relative to the community-at-large.

Lackisha Freeman, 919-530-7267 [email protected]
Uchenna Bulliner, 919-530-7759 [email protected]
Kimberley Pierce Cartwright, 919-530-7833[email protected]

[MEDIA NOTE: Most speakers are expected to be available for photos and short interviews after the opening ceremony, from approximately 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. RSVPs are required by email at kcaldwell@nccu.edu or by phone at 919 530 7445.]

To learn more about WNCU, visit www.wncu.org. Join WNCU of Facebook and Twitter.

Anyone wishing to contribute to WNCU may send gifts or donations to WNCU P.O Box 19875 Durham, NC 27707 or pay on line at www.wncu.org.  Click on donations/memberships.