Ben Donnelly

Morning Jazz Host

Originally from Versailles, Ohio, Ben has been the Operations Manager and an announcer at WSNC since 2006.  He was named the Interim General Manager of WSNC in October of 2016. He has been a radio host for nearly 20 years at stations in Ohio, Texas, and North Carolina.

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WSNC is back! 

We didn't really go anywhere, but we're back at full power for the first time since summer.  Listeners should notice an immediate improvement in coverage area.

Our new transmitter should last for several decades, but now we need to pay for it. Make a donation today. You can even become a sustaining member to keep WSNC coming your way for years to come.

At long last, WSNC has a new transmitter. 

We have been broadcasting at reduced power on a rented transmitter for months. Back during the summer, our old transmitter took an unannounced early retirement leaving us scrambling to stay on the air.

As soon as the new equipment can be properly installed, we will be available at higher quality over a larger listening area.

Professional broadcast equipment is not cheap, but it should last for decades.

Help us financially by becoming a sustaining member today.

Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation Program Director Gladys Washington speaking with WSNC's Calvin Patterson. This interview was originally aired in 2016.

WSNC is now broadcasting at nearly full power.

If you have been following the saga of WSNC's transmitter problems, you will be pleased to know we are operating on a rental transmitter which brings our signal up into the kilowatt range. Our broadcast signal is available to nearly all of our listening area.

The rental transmitter will be in place until we get the new permanent transmitter installed. Things are looking up.

Thank you for your patience with this process. We rely on listeners for our funding, and we work hard to make the most of every dollar donated.

Please Excuse Our Mess

Jul 19, 2017

Thank you for your patience with our recent technical problems at WSNC. What once looked like a simple fix has become more complicated. 

We need a new transmitter. The quoted price is around $38,000. While this is not a ridiculously high amount, we are licensed to a state university so there are procedures in place for purchasing equipment which are great for preventing frivolous decisions but not so good for speed.

We'll Take Ten Percent

Jul 12, 2017

WSNC Transmitter Update:

Earlier reports of the transmitter being repaired were premature.  As sometimes happens with old equipment, repairing one piece has exposed problems with other parts of the chain.

For the past week, we have bypassed the main power amplifier of our transmitter and have been broadcasting at 30 Watts instead or our typical 10,000 Watts.  Thanks to the valiant efforts of  our engineer Ed Kasovic, we are back up to 1,000 Watts for the time being.

WSNC Reception Issues

Jun 30, 2017

Technical problems with the WSNC transmitter have caused reception issues for some listeners recently.

On Tuesday June 27th, 2017, a component of the WSNC transmitter broke around 6 A.M. We were unable to broadcast our normal signal for over a day until staff members were able to restore our signal. Due to the broken component, we are broadcasting at reduced power. 

We typically broadcast at 10 thousand watts. Right now we are broadcasting at 30 watts. Listeners may experience some temporary reception problems on the outer edges of the WSNC listening area.

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