Franchot Scarver was born in Boston to a French Canadian mother who wanted her son to have a “cool” French name. As a youngster, “Fran” belonged to a communications club that went behind-the-scenes at television and radio station WHDH Boston. There, he learned about news production, programming and the technical side of broadcasting. This began a lifelong interest in media and cultural arts.
As an adult, Fran contributed to community outreach efforts for WGBH TV and Radio in Boston. His career as a systems engineer took him to Chapel Hill, North Carolina—where he makes his main home—and his commitment to public media went with him. Fran does voiceovers for NPR jazz station WNCU-FM and also volunteers for WUNC-TV in Chapel Hill. With a second home in Alexandria, Virginia, WETA has been the beneficiary of Fran’s love of public media, as well.
Fellow WETA volunteers will remember seeing Fran answer phones at the pledge drive for the original WETA production Discovering Alexandria: The Early Years. Fran also volunteers for community events celebrating productions like The Roosevelts and Downton Abbey. He says he’s loved getting to know the people of WETA and wants to carry that enjoyment to viewers and listeners every time he volunteers. “I love going out to the community to represent the station,” he says. “I’ve just been blessed.”