Jan Bolick, general manager of WCHL, spoke Thursday at DSI Comedy Theater on the radio station's past, present and future.
Bolick spoke as part of the monthly meeting of Friends of the Downtown, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and developing downtown Chapel Hill.
Bolick began her talk by mentioning the Wednesday night death of Sandy McClamroch, the founder of WCHL and Chapel Hill mayor from 1961 to 1968.
Bolick said McClamroch founded WCHL in 1953 and rapidly made the radio station a success. She said the station became valuable not just in terms of the information it provided, but in terms of job opportunities.
Bolick emphasized the rich history of the radio station and its role in the community over the years.
"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.