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WXYC's groundbreaking internet simulcast is now more than 15 years old!

In honor of the occasion, we invite you to download our free commemorative anniversary compilation, Bandwidth: Celebrating 10 Years of Internet Radio on WXYC-Chapel Hill. It is available in its entirety as a torrent, or you can download the mp3 files individually.

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WXYC went on the air on March 17, 1977 with Joni Mitchell's "You Turn Me on I'm a Radio."
 
WXYC was preceded by WCAR, a carrier current station that reached dorms on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus through electrical wiring. The station's alumni include top 40 radio host Rick Dees.
 
When WCAR wanted to upgrade in the early 1970s, it decided to pursue an FM license and begin broadcastin over the air rather than update the carrier current system. Funding for the change to FM was provided by a student referendum passed in 1973. The physical conversion cost $35,000 and took two years to complete.
 

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WXYC 89.3 FM is the non-commercial student-run radio station of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We broadcast at 1100 watts from the student union on the UNC campus, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our coverage area encompasses approximately 900 square miles in and around Chapel Hill, Durham, Pittsboro, Apex, and parts of Raleigh.

In November 1994, WXYC became the first radio station in the world to rebroadcast its signal over the Internet.

We celebrated our 30th anniversary in March 2007. We're proud to be in our fourth decade of nationally-recognized innovative programming and strong support for independent and local artists and labels.

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