The community-driven radio station WCOM 103.5 has given back to Chapel Hill and Carrboro for almost 10 years and is now reaching out to town officials for funding assistance.
Art Menius and Bill McClymont, representatives from the radio station, presented a grant proposal to a joint meeting of the Chapel Hill and Carrboro human services advisory board on Monday for a total of $2,000 — asking for $1,000 from each town.
WCOM is a Carrboro-based radio station that provides an outlet for locals to volunteer as disc jockeys and hosts. The station aims to create a place where overlooked and unrepresented ideas can be expressed.
McClymont said the station is requesting money to improve its facilities.
“Until recently, we operated with little reserve and raised money as a direct result of an extraordinary expense like moving or equipment replacement,” he said.
Carrboro resident Linda Hadenson said she’s listened to the station for several years now and thinks the station is very deserving of the grant.
“I usually listen to WCOM when I’m in the car driving around town, and I really love the diversity of programs they have,” she said.
Trent Baker, another Carrboro resident, said he listens to WCOM in the mornings before he leaves for work and hopes they receive the grant.
“They have a little of everything for everybody, and I always learn something new when I listen to them,” he said.