"I think it's good to look back and see where we've been in order to figure out where we're going," Bolick said.
Throughout the years, WCHL has slowly grown, adding a nighttime antenna in 1968 and FM in 2012.
Bolick said the station plans to increase its coverage area by 25 miles, which would expand its coverage into Pittsboro, Durham and Hillsborough. But Bolick said the station is still going to focus on Chapel Hill, in keeping with its long-standing mission.
"It continues to be very important to take all that rich history that we have, all of the great experiences that we have, the connections that we have in the community, and carry those forward, and carry them forward with a fantastic future," Bolick said.
WCHL and Chapelboro, the station's online news service, will be moving to University Place at some point in the future. There will also be a satellite office above Julian's on East Franklin St., which Bolick anticipates will be good for proximity to the UNC campus and student talent.
She said leadership at WCHL has spoken with Susan King, dean of UNC's School of Media and Journalism, to facilitate more involvement with the University and increase the hiring of interns at the station.
Bolick said the station plans to rework Chapelboro and the radio service into a more simplified brand through collaboration with a student-run ad agency within the UNC School of Media and Journalism.
Pat Beyle, an attendee at the talk, said Thursday's talk was part of a series of speakers that represent various initiatives around downtown Chapel Hill. The speaker series, Beyle said, engages with the mission of Friends of the Downtown in an interesting way.
"The speaker always makes it noteworthy," Beyle said.
Pat Evans, chairperson of Friends of the Downtown, said the organization is composed entirely of volunteers and usually meets in the Franklin Hotel. The meetings always involve "Comings and Goings," general announcements, rumors and a speaker.
The organization does not engage in advocacy — instead it opts to promote the decisions of the Town Council.
Evans said in order for a downtown to flourish, it's important for at least two organizations to exist that represent that downtown, which increases the interest of businesses that consider investing in the area.
Vickie Healey, an attendee of the event, said she enjoys the inter-personality of the monthly meetings.
"It's like social media, but better," she said. "One-to-one. Eyeball-to-eyeball."