Mission Statement


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.

Board Members

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.