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16The Tar Heel Monday, August 18, 1986
WUNC provides the best in jazz aed the classics
By JAMES BURRUS
Not many students know about the
"other" radio station on campus
except those with more refined tastes.
The lovers of classical and jazz music
have a fine resource for their music,
WUNC can be tuned in at 91.5
FM and broadcasts Monday through
Thursday 5 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday
from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday from
6 a.m. to 2 a.m.. and Sunday 6 a.m.
to 1 a.m.
"(WUNC is) one of the most
listened to public stations in the
whole country and considered very
successful by other public broadcas
ters." said Craig Curtis, program
ming director of the station.
WUNC, located in the basement
of Swain Hall, is run for the com
munity at large, not just the Univer
sity. "We have listeners in Virginia,
the Triad, and the Triangle," Curtis
said. WUNC receives 10 percent of
the Triangle's listening attention.
That translates into 100,000 people
and puts the station solidly in the top
ten of its market, he added.
"The main reason we exist is to
provide music services not around
when we were established. Services
such as folk, opera, classical and
jazz," Curtis said.
The music format is carefully
planned, he said. Basically, though,
classical is played in the day, and jazz
records are spun at night, Curtis said.
WUNC has an extensive list of
programs, which are detailed in the
monthly pamphlet, "Listen." Some of
the more popular programs, accord
ing to Curtis, are two news services
from National Public Radio called
"Morning Edition," weekday morn
ings 5:30 through 9 a.m., and "All
Things Considered," at 5 p.m. seven
days a week. "A Prairie Home
Companion," hosted by Garrison
Keillor, features traditional and
ethnic music, Saturdays at 6 p.m. and
again Sunday at 3 p.m. "Gary Shivers
on Jazz," whom Curtis says, "has an
encyclopedic knowledge of jazz,"
broadcasts Saturday mornings at 1 1.
Shivers is general manager of the
The show that precedes Shivers'
and perhaps the most popular of all
of WUNC's programs, "Sophisti
cated Lady," will soon be leaving the
air. Hostess and celebrated interna
tional jazz singer Carol Sloane is
leaving the area but will continue her
show until the end of August. Curtis
says the station has not decided what
to replace her show with.
Though the station only operates
20 hours a day, it is considered a full
time station by the Corporation for
Public Broadcasting. Curtis said the
station hopes to broadcast 24 hours
a day in the near future.
WUNC was established by the
University in 1976, though it dates
back to the '50s when the station was
run by students, most notably Cha
rles Kuralt. The station was off the
air for a couple of years in the early
Now the station is run by profes
sionals, though most of the
employees are UNC alumni, Craig
WUNC is licensed by the Univer
sity. Under FCC guidelines univer
sities are allowed to license only one
FM' station. Consequently WXYC
89.3 FM is licensed to the students,
though this is not an uncommon
practice for major universities, Curtis
said. WUNC does not receive fund
ing from student fees, but receives
its financing through a number of
means. The University's support
comes mainly through providing
WUNC with the building and sup
port services such as electricity,
Curtis said. WUNC receives most of
its funds from listener contributions.
Other means of support include
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federal funding from the Corpora
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Some students are employed by
the radio station, but they are hired
because of their skills, not because
they are students. "The University
attracts many qualified students," he
said. Curtis estimates that WUNC
hires two to three students for paid
positions per year, but works with
up to a dozen students in work-study
"We're happy to have students,"
Curtis said. "It is not that easy to
find a position with the station,
though. Student employees usually
have prior experience and meet our
other qualifications to work there."
There is one way that everyone can
participate in WUNC, though, and
that is to listen.
Freshmen should leave
automobiles at home
By NANCY HARRINGTON
Although the University does not
allow freshmen to have cars on
campus, students can find ways of
getting around it, according to Laura
Thomas, who works with freshmen
obtaining parking permits because of
"If a freshman feels that he has
a compelling reason (to have a car)
then he must contact us concerning
... a waiver," said Thomas, who is
also coordinator for handicapped
Many students cite medical rea
sons for needing cars their freshmen
year and because of this, they are sent
to Thomas's office.
Acceptable reasons for granting
students waivers include employment
at home, which must be verified by
an employer; military obligations,
such as army reserves; and medical
reasons, with a letter from a
"It's not that 'I have to go to the
orthodontist's every month,' " Tho
mas said. "An example would be a
student undergoing chemotherapy
and having to drive home every other
Temporary permits are issued to
students who bring cars from home
during exam week.
Students will sometimes try any
thing to get permits, according to
"One semester there was a whole
rash in one dorm of 'Grandma being
sick and in Duke hospital,' " Thomas
"I truly believe that most freshmen
here do not need cars. The city
operates a good bus system and when
. the buses finish, a program called
Advertisements for people needing
rides and students offering rides
home are also posted all over the
campus, Thomas said.
Thomas said that when students
do get parking stickers, they are
usually in parking areas on the
perimeters of the campus. One
section is over a mile from campus.
Students also have a misconception
of what having a parking permit
"They think that they are going to
drive to class, but they should
remember that a parking permit is
for only one lot or zone and they
can't move their car to different zones
throughout the day," she said.
Students can find parking off
campus, but it may not be very safe,
Thomas said. Parking lots are targets
for theft because vandals know that
a person may leave his car there on
Monday and not pick it up until
For students who decide to park
their cars on campus anyway, the
University traffic department will
issue them tickets.
According to Dana C. Work,
parking administratiion supervisor,
parking without a permit is a $10 fine.
Parking in handicapped spaces is $25
and using a lost or stolen permit is
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