American Tobacco Now Home to Radio

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WUNC Studio
National Public Radio WUNC now has a new satellite studio at the American Tobacco Campus.

CBS, NBC & ABC all have studios with large windows where the public can watch their live morning news program broadcasts in New York City. Well, move over Harry, Katie and Diane, North Carolina Public Radio is now allowing listeners ringside for “The State of Things.”

WUNC now occupies 8,400 square feet in at the American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham. North Carolina Public Radio will keep its headquarters in Chapel Hill but hopes to have about 20 employees in place in the new location by year’s end.

WUNC Studio The new facility occupies 8,400 square feet in the Washington Building.
Producers prepare for the inaugural broadcast of “The State of Things” in the new studio.

North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC christened its new satellite production facility in Bay 6 in the Washington Building on Monday, October 17, 2005. They opened the studio with the live interview and talk program “The State of Things” hosted by Melinda Penkava. The program will regularly be broadcast live from American Tobacco from noon to 1pm each weekday.

“The new space in Durham will allow for more interactive broadcasts that engage the local community in new ways,” said North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC General Manager Joan Siefert Rose. “We look forward to having the public be able to see ‘radio at work’ in our new facility, as passersby will be able to watch our talk shows and newscasts from the adjacent courtyard and walkways.”

WUNC studio
American Tobacco’s Bay 7 overlooks the new public radio facility.

Capitol Broadcasting Company donated the space and upfit for the satellite facility. CBC President & CEO Jim Goodmon is currently the honorary co-chair of North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC’s capital campaign.

North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC 91.5 FM is the National Public Radio affiliate licensed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Through a five-station radio network, North Carolina Public Radio serves more than 250,000 listeners each week.

North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC’s news and information format can be heard at 91.5 FM in the Triangle and Triad, at 90.9 FM in the Rocky Mount/Wilson/Greenville area, and at 88.9 FM along the Outer Banks. Podcasts and audio streaming are available online at

For more photos & a virtual tour of the new studio, visit North Carolina Public Radio WUNC’s website.

Thanks to North Carolina Public Radio –WUNC and WUNC Announcer & Broadcast Producer Keith Weston for these capcom photos.

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