Collection Number: 40320

Collection Title: WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1150 items)
Abstract Campus radio station WCAR was founded in fall 1969 out of the conglomeration of several stations based in campus residence halls. WCAR was established in Granville Towers, but moved to Ehringhaus residence hall soon after. In 1973, new WCAR offices and studios were constructed in the Carolina Union. Through the 1970s, students pursued the establishment of an FM station. On March 18, 1977, FM station WXYC went on the air. The station is credited with producing the first internet radio broadcast in 1994. Records include correspondence, documentation of facilities and equipment, records related to the FCC approval process, timelines, memorabilia, and clippings. Also included are materials from the WXYC 40th Anniversary Symposium held in March 2017. Digital content in this collection consists primarily of scanned copies of the physical records.
Creator WXYC (Radio station : Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the WXYC Radio Records #40320, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Jim Srebro, May 2018 (RT 20180517.1).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Campus radio station WCAR was founded in fall 1969 out of the conglomeration of several stations based in campus residence halls. WCAR was established in Granville Towers, but moved to Ehringhaus residence hall soon after. In 1973, new WCAR offices and studios were constructed in the Carolina Union. Through the 1970s, students pursued the establishment of an FM station. On March 18, 1977, FM station WXYC went on the air. The station is credited with producing the first internet radio broadcast in 1994.

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Records include correspondence, documentation of facilities and equipment, records related to the FCC approval process, timelines, memorabilia, and clippings. Also included are materials from the WXYC 40th Anniversary Symposium held in March 2017. Digital content in this collection consists primarily of scanned copies of the physical records.

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Contents list

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Box 1

WCAR, 1970-1973 #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" Box 1

Lawrence Behr Associates-Interference study, 1974 #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" Box 1

WCAR, 1974-1975 #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" Box 1

Facilities, 1973-1979 #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" Box 1

Personnel, 1977-1979 #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" Box 1

WCAR/WXYC, 1975-1980 #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" Box 1

Marketing plan and listener survey, 1978 #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" Box 1

Student Educational Broadcasting Orientation Manual, 1979 #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" Box 1

Student Educational Broadcasting, 1980-1981 #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" Box 1

Timeline and photocopied clippings #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" Box 1

WCAR-WXYC timeline #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" Box 1

Early WCAR documents, 1972-1975 #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" Box 1

Digital Folder DF-40320/1

WXYC Primary documents, 1970-1980 #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" DF-40320/1

Digital Folder DF-40320/2

WXYC supplemental documents #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" DF-40320/2

Digital Folder DF-40320/3

WCAR-WXYC images, articles, program guides #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" DF-40320/3

Digital Folder DF-40320/5

George Frye files #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" DF-40320/5

Box 1

Wilbur Weird comic strips, 1971 #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" Box 1

Digital Folder DF-40320/6

Illustrations and comics by Bill Neville #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" DF-40320/6

Box 1

Memorabilia #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" Box 1

Early WXYC station managers #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" Box 1

WXYC's most distant documented listener, 1978 #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" Box 1

The Order of the X and finances, late 1970s-1980 #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" Box 1

Bill Burton oral history, 1997 #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" Box 1

In Memoriam #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" Box 1

WXYC correspondence and interviews, 2017 #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" Box 1

Newspaper clippings, 1942-2018 #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" Box 1

Digital Folder DF-40320/4

Newspaper clippings #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" DF-40320/4

Box 1

40th Anniversary Symposium transcript: March 18, 2017 #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" Box 1

40th Anniversary Symposium PowerPoint slides #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" Box 1

Digital Folder DF-40320/7

WCAR-WXYC 40th Anniversary Symposium, 2017 #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" DF-40320/7

Digital Folder DF-40320/8

Rod Abernethy Live at Deep Jonah, Carolina Union, Chapel Hill, NC #40320, Series: "1. WXYC Radio Records, 1970-2018" DF-40320/8

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.1. Thursday Night Feature Images (Addition of August 2018), 2015-2018

Acquistions Information: RT 20180831.3.

Consists of digital images used to advertise the WXYC show The Thursday Night Feature on the WXYC website, email newsletter, and social media.

Digital Folder DF-40320/9

Thursday Night Feature images, 2015-2018 #40320, Subseries: "2.1. Thursday Night Feature Images (Addition of August 2018), 2015-2018" DF-40320/9

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Processing Information

Processed by: Terrance Hudson and Jennifer Coggins, July 2018

Encoded by: Laura Smith, July 2018

Updated because of addition by Miana Breed, Jennifer Coggins, and Laura Smith

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