05.14.2013

“From the Vaults” some WOBC Alumni Memories

Allen Ginsberg and Peter Money 1989

Allen Ginsberg and Peter Money 1989

WOBC_1956_2_mark1

WOBC in 1956

WOBC’s outreach team sends a call to WOBC veterans to write us

their fondest memories and favorite radio-related anecdotes…

Here are some of the responses we’ve received:

David Dunn:

 I was with WOBC all 4 years of my time at Oberlin, waaaaaaaaaay back in the early 1980s.  Senior year I was the Jazz Director and Public Affairs Director.  We had equipment from the 1950s, and CDs weren’t even a twinkle in the future’s eye.  Everything was on LPs.

There were 2 other people on the “Executive Board”, as it was called back then, one named David Greene, and the other Karen Glauber.  Karen was on the air doing her show (she went on to do some pretty cool things with Indy Rock at A&M Records), and at the time there was a glass panel between the control room and the studio where we sometimes had live performances.  David thought it would be excellent to, well, drop his drawers and press his posterior against the glass while Karen was talking on the air.  Karen, upon seeing the full moon over Oberlin, proclaimed to her listening audience, “David Greene has pimples on his a**!!”

While not a moment for the broadcast journalism hall of fame, it was, nonetheless, rather funny, perhaps in a “you had to be there” kind of way??

My guess is that this kind of history is not exactly what you are seeking.  But, 30 year hence it still, so to speak, sticks out in my memory as a formative event during my WOBC years.

Can’t wait to drop by the station this commencement weekend!!  I haven’t been there since my 20th reunion, 10 years ago.  Thanks for putting this together!!

P.S.  I remain committed to being fully clothed in public despite that event, so no worries about the unsightly during my drop-in to WOBC!

 - David

 

Lucinda Walker:

I wasn’t a DJ but a newscast member. My first week, Jerry Parra (station manager) took time to teach us how to correctly pronounce “Nicaragua.”  Let’s just say that it took this Vermonter more than a few times to get it right!

- Lucinda Walker ’86

 

Peter Money:

Not a DJ but I married one.  Well, to qualify this:  I *was* a DJ, modestly a co-DJ, with my friend Kai downstairs at the ‘sco.  But my wife, Lucinda Walker (’86), now a small town library director in Vermont, did have a stint at OBC.  I ventured up into the “attic” of the radio station (“musty” and “ochre” come to mind) only once.  I think it was during my junior year, or early in my senior year, 1985,  I was interviewed inside a small interior studio by a middle-aged man from outside Oberlin who was an editor at a local literary journal The Black River Review (he had a regular show, as far as I know).  This constituted my first interview and, in a way, it was my “public foray” into authorship.  In my senior year, and–significantly–in a tiny room in the center of a gray off-campus house, I started listening to WOBC regularly–and I wish I had started earlier.  The connection to what the DJ chose to play was compelling, even while what was spinning were new worlds.  Back from the first Oberlin semester in Dublin, Ireland (having seen R.E.M. play to about fifty young Irish–AFTER they had played Finney), I was starting to find affinities beyond what I had previously known.

Long live OBC.  Viva!

Julia Doctoroff:

I had a show with Anna McGlynn (also ’07) where we interviewed writers, both students and professors. We got sort of sick of doing real interviews so one day we had “Jesus” come on as a guest. My mom and Anna’s mom both called in because they were worried we were being offensive.

Josh Rubin:
Wow, so many people I know in the thread. I was jazz director immediately after David Dunn, then Program Director for two years (first year shared the spot with Lorenzo “Jerry” Parra, second year Jerry was Station Manager and I was sole PD). Also friends with Peter and Lucinda during time at OC and after (hi, guys). Way too much history for me to tell all, so, since Dave posted and Lucinda mentioned Jerry, I’ll tell a story about the two of them. Jerry was in charge of news/public affairs in ’82-83. He liberated our newscasts from the old UPI teletype, brought in a very early PC (one of the infamous Oberlin Osbornes) and had us subscribe to Interlink/Interpress news service which we received via the computer for a more global perspective on news. Before he did this, he raised the issue with the board and some objected to giving up UPI. Dave gave an impassioned defense of Jerry’s vision and commitment to WOBC providing news that is as alternative as the music was. Dave’s speech ended with something to the effect of “after all of the great things this mensch, this bubbe, has done for WOBC news, we really ought to give him the benefit of the doubt.”

Other memories — Station Manager David Greene (81-82) climbing the antenna in a thunderstorm to make some repairs. Scared the shit out of us.

A live jam Louie Louie marathon — anyone could drop in with any instrument and join in. I think we played it continuously for 12 hours or more.

Interviewing Graham Chapman.

Finally, I commented on the April 7 history thread. I still don’t recognize who those people are.

– Josh Rubin ’85

 (And one more love note from a WOBC DJ)

Janney Lockman:

For me, WOBC has always been synonymous with cute guys. There’s just something about doing community radio and appreciating good music that makes people 100% more attractive to me. For reference, I usually go for people who look like pirates, but WOBC has expanded this taste to include people who look like heroin addicts and 1990s dads. Name a boy who was in a position of power at WOBC during my 4 year tenure here, and I will quickly relate an anecdote about the time we bonded over Kentucky, 13th Floor Elevators, or something weird at a filing party. Good lord, you’re all so cute.
 
WOBC parties provided many opportunities for flirting, failure, and NOT getting to make out with former Metal Director Charlie O’Hara. I could go on and on about the heartbreak, exciting stories, tears, belligerence and FEELINGS related to radio boys, but that would be dull. So all I’m gonna say is, if in 10-15 years, any of you fellas wanna be the cute music-nerdy father of my children, that’d be chill. We could name them Townes, and Loretta and they’d have excellent taste in music and they’d ALWAYS clap on the beat. Just throwing that out there…

If you have any WOBC related memories or love notes you would like to share, email them to outreach@wobc.org.

- Amanda Mummery

1 comment to “From the Vaults” some WOBC Alumni Memories

  • Tyrone Wicks

    I was a Dj at WOBC back in 1979. It was my first radio experience and I have loved it since! I was a High school senior and left for that Navy foliowing that. Over the years I have continued, off and on, ending with WRRX Magic.106.1 (for now) in Pensacola, Fl on the Cumulus network.

Leave a Reply