with Life 103.1

April 27
Stewards of the Sandhills

May 2

May 2
Yard Sale

May 2
Lawn Sale

May 2
Shred Event

May 2
Dog Jump

May 2
Village Chapel Music Series

May 3
Container Flower Gardening

May 6
Culinary Workshop

May 9
Mother's Day Celebration

May 13
Frog Jumping Day

May 16
Orchestra Pops Series Finale: An American in Paris

May 17
Party for the Pine!

May 30
“All About Invasives”

May 31
Sunday Film Series


Featured Artist

Celine Dion, a singer, entrepreneur, composer, and actress, was born on March 30, 1968, in Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada. Growing up she was the youngest of 14 children and was always exposed to music. Her parents, Adhemar and Therese Dion, and her other siblings, formed a singing group: Dion’s Family. The family toured Canada while Celine was a baby and then later opened a piano bar, where 5-year-old Celine would perform for customers.

Recognized for her talent at such a young age, the French-Canadian singer at 12 years old recorded her first song "Ce n'était qu'un rêve" ("It Was Only a Dream") with her mother and brother, Jacques. Her older brother, Michel, sent the track to René Angélil, a music manager, who was said to be moved by Celine’s voice. Angélil mortgaged his home and helped the youngest Dion release her first album La voix du bon Dieu (The Voice of the Good God), which became a number one hit in Canada and opened the gates to success for Celine.

While she might have been a hit in Canada, releasing nine French albums and winning many Felix and Juno awards, she did not grab attention from the United States until she was 18. Her first English album, Unison, released in 1990, sold over 1 million copies worldwide. However, this would not be the album to win over American hearts.

Her international breakthrough and popularity in America was sparked by her single release of "Beauty and The Beast," sung with Peabo Bryson. Not only did the song rank as Number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it also won a Grammy and an Academy award. The single was added to her second English album, Celine Dion, which sold more than 12 million copies internationally and became her first gold record in the United States.

She released The Colour of My Love in 1993, which was credited for her first single top Number 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, "The Power of Love."

As her popularity grew, she was asked to perform “The Power of A Dream” at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, which was said to have solidified her international fame and established her as “the premier contemporary pop vocalist of the Nineties.”

Her latest album, Love Me Back to Life, was released in 2013 and has prolonged her 33-year singing career. Some of her other notable singles have been “My Heart Will Go On,” “Because You Loved Me,” and “Dance with My Father.”

(www.celinedion.com/ca/biography; www.biography.com/people/celine-dion-9542132#synopsis; en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celine_Dion)

Life 103.1 Named Radio Station of the Year!

News Release
SANFORD, NC (June 26, 2013) – Life 103.1 WLHC-FM has been named 2013 Radio Station of the Year (Non-Metro) by the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters (NCAB).  Life 103.1 President Alan Button accepted the award on behalf of the station at the NCAB’s Annual Convention in Greensboro at the Grandover Resort on Monday, June 24, 2013.

A regional station licensed to Moore County, with studios and offices in Sanford, Life 103.1 was honored in the non-metro category for its innovative programming, audience engagement, and commitment to the community in 2012.

Station President Alan Button said, “We were surprised – and thrilled – to be honored.  There are so many fine radio stations across North Carolina.  It was an unexpected special addition to the celebration of our 10th anniversary on the air this month.”

The Life 103.1 weekday format is “Timeless Favorites” music, information, and lifestyle features that seek “to affirm all that is good about Life in the Heart of Carolina.”  Weekends include bluegrass on Saturday morning and evening, as well as praise and worship music on Sunday mornings.

According to Button, “Our audience growth in recent years has been overseen by a staff team dedicated to quality and professionalism – including our former station manager, Steve Koranda, who, though he died of cancer in July 2012, set the standard for us last year.  Our staff strives to distinguish the station from other media outlets on behalf of our listeners and advertising partners by combining a priority for localization, community, and immediacy with the power and presence of a big-market sound.”

A June 2013 Arbitron report notes that on an average weekly basis radio now reaches 242.5 million listeners, or 92 percent of those age 12 and older.  Life 103.1 WLHC-FM can be heard on air in some 11 counties in central North Carolina and on the Internet at www.life1031.com.

For more information, contact Kelly George at Life 103.1 WLHC-FM at (919) 775-1031 or kelly@life1031.com.