Ocracoke Community Radio / WOVV’s mission is to provide the village of Ocracoke, and its visitors, with a community-enhancing medium of education, information, and discourse through access to the public airwaves for locally-focused, regional, and national programming produced by, and responsive to the needs of, our unique island community.
Thomas J. Hutcherson, Chairman
PO Box 247, Ocracoke, NC 27960-0247
Daphne C. Bennink, Vice-Chairman, Director
PO Box 420, Ocracoke, NC 27960-0420
Liz Hotchkiss, Secretary, Director
P. O. Box 1113, Ocracoke, N 27960-1113
Gregory A. Honeycutt, Director
PO Box 838, Ocracoke, NC 27960-0838
Richard Bryant, Director
PO Box 1267, Ocracoke, NC 27960-1267
Mathew Tolson, Director
P. O. Box 1013, Ocracoke, NC 27960-1013
Sean C. Death, Director
PO Box 1475, Ocracoke, NC 27960-1475
Timothy W. Fields, Director
PO Box 501, Ocracoke, NC 27960-0501
Robert E. Raborn III, Director
PO Box 1302, Ocracoke, NC 27960-1302
John Simpson, Director
P.O. Box 32, Ocracoke, NC 27960-32
Full Time Radio Staff
Debbie Wells, Station Manager
Peter Vankevich, Programming, Public Relations, & Local Interests
Nathan Modlin, Programming & Music Librarian
History of WOVV
The formation of WOVV dates back to 2007 when a group of local residents came together with the idea of organizing a local radio station. It took two years to complete the application process, but in 2009 we aired for the first time online at wovv.org and, a year later, added local transmission at a frequency of 90.1fm. We initially set up shop in a small downtown studio overlooking beautiful Silver Lake, but in 2016 moved to a larger space located on the Back Road across from the Coffee Shop.
WOVV broadcasts a broad range of music and local news through the efforts of dedicated volunteers supported by two paid staff members. Over the years, we have enlarged our scope of programming to include a diverse group of local programmers playing an eclectic mix of music genres, the live broadcasting of Ocracoke School sporting events, connecting with our civic and business communities through public service announcements and underwriting, and broadcasting emergency services during hurricanes or other emergency events.
WOVV also sponsors two island events each year. The 10k/5k Footrace and Half Marathon in April of each year has become one of the premier events on the island, drawing people from all over the southeast to participate. The Ladies Arm Wrestling Tournament in June is our annual anniversary event and hosts approximately 25 outrageously costumed wrestlers each year to the cheers of a large audience. WOVV strives to contribute to the community of Ocracoke by literally being the voice of the village. We are WOVV, Ocracoke’s Community Radio.