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Chapel Hill's WUNC Starts New Format Monday

Posted September 2, 2001

— Listeners of the Triangle's National Public Radio station will hear a new sound over the airwaves Monday morning when WUNC-FM airs this announcement: "In just a few minutes you will hear a milepost in WUNC history."

Those are the words listeners will hear when the radio station launches a major format change, replacing classical music with local news and talk shows.

WUNC has played classical music for 25 years.

"Oh it's been insane. Everybody's really busy working," WUNC's program director Michael Arnold said.

Arnold says the switch to news is a natural evolution for WUNC, a station known for launching the careers of newsmen Charles Kurault and Carl Kasell. The station will play a clip from its early days just before Monday's format change.

"We think what is important is to be able to not only provide good national and international news, but we're also going to do that on a local basis, which I think is really important," Arnold said.

The new format will include more programming from National Public Radio, and the expansion of local programming. So as music leaves the air, local voices, tackling local subjects, will fill it.

WUNC's new format hits the airwaves Monday morning at 9 a.m. Fans of classical music can still get their fix from WCPE-FM, which is located at 89.7.

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