To many outsiders, Chadbourn, N.C., may be just another small Southern town, population 1,856. It’s known primarily as the home of the NC Strawberry Festival.
People here earn a modest wage; the population is 54% African American and 42% Caucasian.
That’s key to understanding why the fate of a Class D daytime-only AM radio station with 1kw from 1 tower has captured the attention of local TV news crews. The facility is in decline and could shutter.
It just happens to be the first radio station to be owned and operated by an African American east of the Mississippi River.