By Peter Vankevich
Ocracoke’s nonprofit community radio station WOVV 90.1 FM not only has new headquarters but also several new shows.
The studio and office this year moved into the renovated second floor of the old fire house on Back Road between the library and Flying Melon restaurant.
Visitors can get a tour of the facility. In addition to music and news shows, since 2012 the radio station broadcasts emergency announcements, the school’s Dolphin basketball games and other island events.
Musicians and other visitors to the island as well as other visitors from near and far also drop into the station for on-air interviews. Many of the performers for this year’s Ocrafolk Festival made it to the studio for interviews and live performances.
All boadcasting can be heard online at 90.1 FM on the island and online at WOVV.org.
The station also conducts two big fundraisers each year. The 5K/10K/half-marathon race the last weekend in April, and the Women’s Arm Wrestling Tournament.
With the addition of the half-marathon this year, the event raised more than $40,000 that was divided among the station, the Ocracoke School Boosters, Ocracoke Community Park and Ocracoke Child Care.
This year’s arm wrestling was moved to the Community Center and cleared about $3000 for the station with about 20 adult women of all sizes competing for bragging rights. This year, islander Kimberly Hansen was the winner.
The station hosts a show called Songs to Share. One can bring in a playlist and get a chance to be on-air and play the songs with its host Peter Vankevich.
WOVV Program Schedule for the summer of 2016
3-6 am Classical music
6-8 am Morning Jazz
8-9 am Ocracoke Island music
9-10 am Worship Service from The Assembly of God Church
4-5 pm The Killer B with Tommy B
6-7 pm Down Creek Blues with Tom Cain
6-8 pm The Rockin’ Radio Show with Tommy Hutcherson
8-10 pm Theme Tunes with Peter Vankevich
9-11 am Streaming with Brooke with Brooke German
8-10 pm Eclectic Blanket with Showell Blades
9-11 am Classic Funk Island Vibe with Jubal Creech
4-4:30 pm Island Girl Talk with Emilia and Maren
8-10 pm Sound Crossings with LeAnne Astin
9-11 Like No One is Watching with Jenny Scarborough and friends
7-8 pm The Week That Is with Richard Bryant
8-10 pm A life in Rock with Dennis James
9-11 am Girl Power Hour with Naomi Benn and Ellen Zanetos
11:30 am What’s Happening on Ocracoke with Pete Vankevich
5-6 pm Classic Artists Today
6-8 pm Theme Tunes with Peter Vankevich
8-9 pm The Killer B with Tommy B
9-11 pm The Rockin’ Radio Show with Tommy Hutcherson
8-10 am Island Morning Mix with John Alexanderson
10-noon (island time) Island Vibe with Jubal Creech
6-8 pm Carolina John’s Spotlite Radio
9-10 pm Down Creek Blues with Tom Cain
10-11 pm Classic Artists Today
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Editor’s note: Peter Vankevich is program director for WOVV.