Chapel Hill AM radio station WCHL will soon be heard on the FM band as well.
News talk station WCHL announced today that it has agreed to purchase the FM frequency 97.9 from Liberty University in Virginia, pending Federal Communications Commission approval, and use it to broadcast to the Chapel Hill community. The frequency is currently licensed to Creedmoor, N.C.
Financial details weren't disclosed.
"When approved, this will dramatically improve our night-time signal to many places where we cannot be heard on AM," said Barry Leffler, managing partner of WCHL's corporate parent, VilCom Interactive Media in Chapel Hill. "And our listeners will be able to hear WCHL's programming with the rich, full quality of FM, day and night."
In 2009 Leffler left NBC-17, where he was general manager, and acquired a minority ownership stake in WCHL from majority owner Jim Heavner. The plan at that time was for Heavner to sell the rest of his ownership stake at a later date.
Neither Leffler nor WCHL station manager Christy Dixon could be reached for additional comment.
WCHL anticipates being able to broadcast in FM in the spring.