Hosted by Jackie "Wac" Helvey, the show features professionals in the field of the arts - writers, musicians, painters, dancers, illustrators, filmmakers, actors, theater folks, poets, potters, sculptors, comedians, clothing designers, silk-screeners, gallery & club owners, arts patrons & promoters, radio show hosts, mask-makers, childrens' book authors & illustrators, teachers, even a grammy-nominated record producer, and, our own magician who brings the magic to our show! Props to Magic Mike!
Helvey began videotaping the show in July, 2009, and airing these video editions of her interviews online with links on Facebook. Chad Johnson, director of The Peoples Channel, saw the videos, and suggested she produce her own television show, which she promptly did.
Leery of her own skills but willing to try anything, the first episode of The Wacqueline Stern Show aired on February 20, 2010. The show airs on The Peoples Channel, in Carrboro/Chapel Hill at 11am on Tuesdays and in Durham on Durham Community Media at 4pm on Wednesdays. The shows are also below.
Individual interview videos can be found online on Vimeo. Jackie highlights players in the area arts scene and Friday night performers at Cat's Cradle, The ArtsCenter, and other local area clubs, from all over! It's a fun, easy spot before performing. Her guests have actually said, "This is the only radio show I love to do."
Tune in to 103.5 FM or stream the show live at wcomfm.org. Podcasts of past shows, going back to the very beginning, can be listened to and the Wac Stern RSS feed can be subscribed to here.
Before WCOM began broadcasting in 2004, Jackie was involved with fundraising efforts to get the radio station off the ground, and redesigned and maintained the WCOM website for several years, taking over from original designer Chris Frank.
At the urging of Audrey Layden, her first cohost and proposer of the show, Helvey began broadcasting, focusing on the arts, at 6pm on March 2, 2007, from beautiful downtown Carrboro, at the radio station's original location on the corner of West Weaver & North Greensboro Streets. Her first guest was Billy Sugarfix. While there is currently a fence around this location as a result of an anarchists' uprising, the miniature radio tower remains as a reminder. We set that sucker in concrete!
Cohost Valarie Schwartz now runs the board, from the station's newest location at 300 East Main St., in front of the ArtsCenter, taking over in January, 2011. Thanks to both Val & Audrey for keeping the sound straight and contributing with insightful comments and questions. Thanks also to local filmmaker Nic Beery for the contribution of a light for filming. It's great to be illuminated.
A big thank-you goes out to J Kutchma from Red Collar for allowing us to use the music from his in-studio performance of "Radio On." The song is so fitting for this show, just perfect. Thanks again J! His song plays in the outgoing credits.
Without the talent of J and all of our other guests, this show, and many of the other shows on WCOM, couldn't happen.
A huge thanks also goes out to our radio show underwriter, Shared Visions Foundation, Jay Miller & Ebeth Scott-Sinclair, who have believed in us, backed us, and encouraged us from the very beginning.
There are many locally produced shows on WCOM who are seeking underwriters, so tune in. Being where we are, doing what we do, reminds us how lucky we are to have such an amazing talent pool to choose from, and you just never know what you might learn!
We rely on underwriters to stay on the air as an all-volunteer radio station, so pledge your support for WCOM if you can, and help keep the most innovative and diverse radio station in the Triangle strong. Thanks for tuning in. TURN ON YOUR RADIO!. In Carrboro, it doesn't belong to corporate entities or big business, it belongs to US.
The Wacqueline Stern Show Archives
Episode #39 of The Wacqueline Stern Show features interviews with Laurie Paolicelli, Executive Director of the Orange County Visitor's Bureau, and artist Harry Lane Wurster, discussing his evolution into art and the upcoming Artist Studios At Fearrington Village Annual Spring Show and Sale.
Episode #38 of The Wacqueline Stern Show features Jeffrey Kass, who tells us about the 2nd Annual Festival of Legends. Interview two features legendary, Grammy nominated record producer John Custer, and Neal Chapman, performing "I Want To Be Like You" and "Crackling Rosie."
Episode #37 of The Wacqueline Stern Show features Carter Hubbard, art teacher Melissa Vrooman and East Chapel Hill High students Anne Mee, Angie Blatchley and Christian Haig, discussing Carter's artist-in-residency project working with the kids. Interview two features artist Joe Bigley, discussing his exhibit, "Structured As Such: Architecture of Oppression," at Liberty Arts in Durham and events associated with it, including live performances and a Spike Lee Film Festival.
Episode #36 of The Wacqueline Stern Show features an interview with Artist Nerys Levy discussing her shows, "Polar Worlds - Images of the Arctic and Antarctica" through May 30, at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, and at FRANK Gallery, "A Journey in Russia," reflecting her latest trip, to Russia. In interview #2, Pam Wall, Executive Director of Kidzu Children's Museum, talks about the Museum's current location and what they do there, and plans for an entirely new space to be completed in 2016.
Episode #35 of The Wacqueline Stern Show features an interview with Judy Hogan, talking about her life as a writer, teacher, and founder of Carolina Wren Press. Interview 2 features Jeffery Beam, talking about his life as a poet and reading several of his beautiful poems.
Episode #34 of The Wacqueline Stern Show features interviews with Nancy Largent of the Chapel Hill Recorder, a blogzine based on Chapel Hill and Carrboro, and her husband, musican Doug Largent from the Doug Largent Trio. Interview #2 features Katharine Whalen, Chance Murray, and Brad Porter, telling us what they've been up to and playing some new tunes.
Episode #33 features Jamie Hagenberger, Peter Filene, and Ellen Hill, discussing the Orange County Open Studio Tour, happening the first two weekends in November, and the Orange County Artists Guild. Then filmmaker Nic Beery talks about his documentary film "Sayonara to Hello," and the upcoming 7th Annual Carrboro Film Festival, happening Sunday, November 18, 2012 at the Century Center in Carrboro.
Episode #32 is a musical extravaganza! Our first interview features La Bęte Magique, performing "Bittersweet" and "Dreamer." Bella, 11, is the singer in the band and Tehila, 14, is the guitarist. Then in interview 2, Mustard Biscuit performs "My Darlin'," "Day of the Dead," and "Boogie Thing." Mustard Biscuit is Lulu Royster, Anthony Boykin, Daryl Radford, Colby Jack, Greg Smith and Tim Buffington. We won't tell their ages!
Episode #31 features Gerry Williams, coordinator of the Carrboro Music Festival, telling us about the Carrboro Music Festival, which happens September 30, featuring 180 bands on 25 stages, all over Carrboro, all for free. Then, Laura Ritchie from Carrack Modern Art, and Meg McGurk, from the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership talk about the 2ndFriday Artwalk and more.
Episode #30 features Chela Tu talking about her role as the Luchadora, "Juicy Buns," and also tells us about the Rodeo Swap - a Food Truck Rodeo and Clothing Swap in conjunction with the 2nd Friday Artwalk, with the proceeds benefitting The Peoples Channel. Chela is an owner of Chirba Chirba Dumpling Truck, which comes to Cliff's in Carrboro every Sunday. Musician Will McBride tells us a little about himself and performs "Heartburns" and "Mental Health Day."
Episode #29 features Skinny Bag of Sugar (Lance Ashley, Chris Davis, Rob Dimaro, Hugh Swaso) performing "Glitterati" and "Kiss Me," and One Song Productions' Nell Ovitt and Kim Rubish telling us about their latest production, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."
Episode #28 features legendary, Grammy nominated, record producer John Custer, talking about his life in the music business, and UNC professor and founder of Ibiblio, Paul Jones, who has been involved in the creation of innovative projects such as the internet and streaming radio.
Episode #27 features Erin Griffin, creator of the new Carrboro Craft Market, and a slideshow of photos from the first Market with music by Katharine Whalen (who was also on hand at the first market as a vendor) and William Dawson, "I Know You Well." In part two, Andy Bilinski and Bibis Ellison perform two tunes, "Safe and Soundless," by Bibis, and Andy premiered a song he hasn't even named yet (I suggested ode to Jackie).
Episode #26 Interview 1 features Festival of Legends creator Jeff Kass, talking about this new festival, happening April 21 & 22 at Storybook Farm. Interview 2 features Betsy James, chair of the board at the ArtsCenter, and marketing/pr person Susan Reda, talking about the Uncommon Garden Tour, which happens April 28th, the ArtsCenter, and the jewel known as Carrboro.
Episode #25 features an interview with J and Beth Kutchma from the band Red Collar. Beth is also a filmmaker whose documentary film "Without A Fight," is now making the film festival circuit. J sings "The Old Piano Roll" and "Used To Believe." The second interview features chef/author Dorette Snover, talking about her award winning novel "City Of Ladies" and her cooking school c'est si bon, in Chapel Hill. Dorette was awarded the Anderbo/Mercer Street Books Fiction Prize.
Episode #24 features an interview with filmmaker Rachel Hazelett, discussing her current documentary project, "Behind the Seen." Interview two features actress/teacher/producer Melissa Lozoff and members of her Master Acting Class; Henry Stokes, Garrett Stein-Serrousi, and Raven Whisnant.
Episode #23 features an interview with author/playwright Sarah Froeber discussing her Ebook "The Gift of Many Lives-Encountering My Other Selves." Interview 2 features UNC's Pauper Players, Ben Boecker, Emily Ellis, Alex Daly and Doug Pass, who tell us about Guys and Dolls at the ArtsCenter & even sing us a song!
Episode #22 features an interview with photographer/filmmaker/artist Todd Gaul, who shot and edited "Drowned Out," the film that won the best overall music video at the HearNC Film Festival, and interviews with Richard Jaimeyfield who started the HearNC Film Festival last year, and singer/songwriter Bibis Ellison, who performs "Foxes."
Episode #21 features actress and artist Susan Palm Siplon discussing the upcoming Carrboro Film Festival and all the stuff she's been doing the past few years, and artist Phil Blank, who created the logo for the 2011 Carrboro Film Festival, does cartoons for the Carrboro Citizen, and plays accordian in the band Gmish.
Episode #20 features artists Mark Todd, Betsy Vaden and Linda Carmel with the upcoming Orange County Open Studio Tour, and foodie Sheri Castle with her new cookbook - The New Southern Garden Cookbook: Recipes for Enjoying the Best from Homegrown Gardens, Farmers' Markets, Roadside Stands and CSA Farm Boxes.
Episode #19 features an interview with Gerry Williams, head of the Carrboro Music Festival, telling us what we can look forward to at this year's festival, including new acts and more, and an interview with Framer's Corner owner David Summer, discussing his new space on West Main St. in Carrboro.
Episode #18 features an interview with Jay Miller, interim director of the ArtsCenter, and his wife, artist Ebeth Scott-Sinclair, who run Shared Visions Foundation. They performed "It's Been So Long." Interview two features acrylic painter C.J. Calvin. C.J. had an exhibit of his fantastic paintings at the Century Center.
Episode #17 features an interview with Linda Booker, discussing her movie "Bringing It Home," a documentary on America's First Hemp House, in Asheville, NC. Linda tells us about the many practical and safe uses of hemp, and the current, ridiculous law that prohibits farmers in the US from growing hemp. Interview two features performances by Shannon O'Connor and Julian Sikes, from the bands Baby Cowboy and Deep Chatham. Shannon performs "Threesome" and "Sober," and Julian performs "Carolina Rain" and "Don't Let Me Down."
Episode #16 features an interview with arts dynamo Alexis Mastromichalis, owner of Nightlight Club in Chapel Hill, and an interview with renaissance man Chip Hoppin, creator of Fanaticmasks, member of a band called the Testostertones and co-owner of The Merch, a silk-screening company in Carrboro.
Episode #15 starts with an interview with patron of the arts Dan, owner of The Uncommon Garden. Every year the ArtsCenter in Carrboro has a fundraiser called "The Uncommon Garden Tour," this year happening on April 30th. We walked though the Garden 10 days before the tour, capturing photos and video featured here.
Episode #14 features interviews with Barbara Rich, Executive Director of FRANK Gallery in downtown Chapel Hill, and Marianita Stevens, one of their member artists, their Featured Artist of the Month, and also one of the curators of the show, “Seeing the Figure," a walk through of FRANK accompanied by the music of Omar Ruiz-Lopez and Catherine Steele, and Snuzz and Sam Frazier playing "Crime Fightin' Buddy" and "Call Me Baby," off their new CD "Carving Pumpkins."
Episode #13 features a slideshow of the "Local Histories" exhibit at 523 E. Franklin St. in Chapel Hill, interviews with artist elin O'hara slavick, discussing the show, and comedian Tom Keller yucking it up and talking about the NC Comedy Arts Festival.
Episode #12 features interviews with Melissa Cain, Executive Director of the Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation, and Susan Reda, a board member and member of the Committee for the Chapel Hill Experiences Project. Our second interview is with Reid Johnson, Maria Albani, and Chris Badger, ¾ths of the band Schooner. They perform "I Have Fallen In A Trap," "Fortuition," and "Feel Better," and tell us about CyTunes.org, a website designed to raise money for cancer research, dedicated to local musician Cy Rawls.
Episode #11 features interviews with Pam Pease, author of pop up books, a design series for young students, and owner of PaintboxPress.com, and Katharine Whalen, William Dawson, and River Takada-Capel, discussing the 2010 Festifall Arts Fair in Chapel Hill. Katharine & William perform "Mother's Day" and "Virgin."
In Episode #10, Wac turns the table on Frank Stasio, host of The State of Things on UNC radio, learning about his road to get to where he is, and an interview with Seattle-based musicians Ian McFearon and Alisa Milner, playing at Cat's Cradle, who perform the title cut off their new CD, "Love Me Blue" and "Anna Through The Veil."
Episode #9 features interviews with filmmaker, Carrboro Film Festival founder and co-chair in 2010, Nic Beery, Carrboro Film Festival volunteer Alyson Brown, and artist Ron Liberti, who created the poster/logo for the 5th Annual Carrboro Film Festival.
Episode #8 features an interview with author Nic Brown ("Doubles" & "Floodmarkers"), and an interview with Jeri Lynn Schulke, Director of the Youth Performing Arts Conservatory at The ArtsCenter and Jeff Meanza, Education and Outreach Director for the PlayMakers Repertory Company, discussing the Summer Youth Conservatory.
Episode #7 features interviews and a performances by Shelley Higgins and Dave Smith from Club Boheme, and violinist Omar Ruiz-Lopez and bassist Catherine Steel.
Episode #6 features an interview and poetry with/by Carrboro Poet Laureate Jay Bryan and an interview with actress, acting teacher, and producer Melissa Lozoff.
Episode #5 features an interview with artist & writer Maggi Grace, an interview with and performance of "Sparrow" by musician Andy Bilinski, and a performance of "Feel Better" by Schooner.
Episode #4 features a New Years Day interview with Magician Mike Casey, with the song "Paper Napkins" by The Future Kings of Nowhere, musician Andy Bilinski performing "Sparrow," an interview with Paula Pazderka from Dirty South Improv Theater (DSI) and a snowy Carrboro scene.
Episode #3 features interviews with classical pianist Greg McCallum, and Dr. Lulu Royster & Anthony Boykin performing "Midnight Ride" and "I Feel Better With Music." The curriculum "I Feel Better With Music," is designed to help children with cancer cope with the disease, and a sneak peek at our next show, on a snowy winter night in Carrboro.
Episode #2 features interviews with filmmaker Ajit Prem, actor Mike Harris and filmmaker Todd Tinkham, with students Chris and Hannah Brown.
Episode #1 This premier episode features an interview and performances of "You're No Match for Me," "Aurora" and "What Fresh Hell Is This?" by musician Gilbert Neal, a performance of "Radio On" by Jason Kutchma of Red Collar,
a performance of "I Know You Well" by Katharine Whalen & William Dawson of Lucky, and a performance of "Midnight Ride" by Dr. Lulu Royster and Anthony Boykin.