Ron Fest, featuring Liquid Pleasure band
3-7 p.m. Sunday, July 16
By Victor Lewis
WCHL and Chapelboro.com
When Ron Stutts arrives at the radio station sometime after five in the morning, it’s dark more often than not. Both inside the building and out. For Ron, it’s time to play music. But first, it’s time to light the lights.
For 40 of the 64 years that WCHL – Chapel Hill’s oldest continuous broadcaster – has been on the air, Stutts has been hosting the morning show. He’s officiated weddings, acted as master of ceremonies for countless events, led Chapel Hill’s holiday parade as Grand Marshal more than once and been recognized as the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters’ “Radio Personality of the Year” three times.
Stutts has also received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and was one of the voices from WCHL on the air during the infamous ice storm of 2002. In fact, after that ice storm, WCHL was recognized for its singular contribution in a time of crisis and awarded a key to the Town of Chapel Hill for exceptional service by former mayor Kevin Foy.