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It’s that time of year once again. We are conducting our annual search for the next wobc board, and we want YOU to apply! If you are interested, we ask that you email a statement of interest to by next Friday [April 10th]. Statements will be sent out to the entire station and voted on, so make sure you’re proud of what you write! If you’re interested in applying but have questions, reach out to the person who current holds the position you’re drawn towards, or talk to any of us during office hours or via email.

A couple things about board: Each position is stipended 10 hours a week of paid work at minimum wage, although often we do more work than this. In addition, any students can apply for these positions, and in fact, we encourage underclassmen to apply, in order to improve the station’s sustainability. Unfortunately, as per our charter, only college students may apply to board.

Please reach out if you have questions — we’re so excited to start the process of passing our torches to y’all!

With Love,

Sophie, Michael, Asher, Katie, Sivan and Nick

General Manager
The General Manager (GM) is the spokesperson for WOBC, the chair of the Board, and is responsible for the smooth operation of the organization as a whole. The GM, in conjunction with the other Board members, oversees the Station, its assets, its broadcasts, and coordinates the activities of WOBC staff and DJs. Most importantly, the General Manager ensures that tasks set forth by the board are accomplished and that those delegated those tasks have the resources they require. The station manager keeps frequent office hours and is on call 24/7.
Current General Manager: Sophie Hess
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Operations Manager
The Operations Manager oversees compliance with all FCC regulations and legal agreements with copyright holders. The Ops Manager works with the Student Engineer to maintain technical equipment and ensure that station members follow proper procedures. Tasks include organizing DJ training, reviewing daily operating logs, reviewing Radio Activity logs, assisting Program Director with attendance, and completing quarterly issues/program reports. The Operations Manager is on call 24/7.
Current Ops Manager: Michael Stenovec
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Program Director
The Program Director is responsible for the fair and timely creation and maintenance of the schedule of shows. The PD ensures that radio show applications are publicized widely within the broadcast area, both in Oberlin and surrounding communities. The PD is the primary contact with DJs over programming issues. The PD works to ensure that WOBC’s broadcast is interrupted as infrequently as possible, including during interim periods. The PD works with the Ops Manager to keep track of who attends or misses their shows. The PD listens to the radio often, makes suggestions to DJs and contacts those who do not attend their show. The Program Director is on call 24/7.
Current Program Director: Kathleen Thornton
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Music Director
The Music Director oversees the station’s music collection, facilitates the processing of incoming music, and manages workgroup members and directors. A large portion of the job entails talking on the phone and e-mailing with promotion companies and record labels to request music for the station and to track music the station has received. The music director organizes and oversees workgroups – they are in charge of assigning DJs to workgroups, as well as assisting and meeting with workgroup directors. The music director produces weekly music charts, submits them to the College Music Journal, and posts them on the Music Blog. In addition, they are also in charge of most blog content, including posting workgroups’ contributions, and should work to make the blog consistent and exciting. The Music Director is on call 24/7.
Current Music Director: Sivan Silver-Swartz
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The Treasurer is responsible for managing WOBC’s finances, preparing the annual budget, and serving as the liaison with the SFC. The Treasurer purchases everything the station needs and works with the Operations Manager and Student Engineer to maintain and replace technical equipment. The Treasurer is on call 24/7.
Current Treasurer: Asher Kaplan
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Station Engineer
The student Station Engineer is chiefly responsible for the daily maintenance, operation, and execution of station broadcasting. This includes upkeep of station equipment, making sure broadcasting is functioning properly, repair of broken or malfunctioning equipment, and keeping the station and studio operating professionally and properly. Applicants should have a general knowledge of the station’s studio equipment, radio broadcasting techniques, audio cables and electronics, signal flow, troubleshooting, and basic sound engineering skills. Though aspects of this position can and should be learned over time, a basic interest in, familiarity with, or knowledge of audio engineering is highly recommended for any applicant. The position requires the Engineer to be on call 24/7 during the semester and will require time in the station familiarizing with the equipment and various troubleshooting scenarios. The Station Engineer is also responsible for operating the Remote Broadcast Unit and for any use and maintenance/upkeep of the WOBC PA System for events or shows sponsored by WOBC. The Engineer position is in constant contact with both the Studio B Directors and the Webmaster, so should also be familiar with the operations of those positions. Applicants are also highly encouraged to spend time during the Summer and Winter sessions working in the station. An inclination for woodworking and building, soldering, and other “handy-work” is also highly encouraged.
**note, due to the highly technical nature of the engineer position, this will not be an elected role. instead, the current engineer, Nick Plett, will select the new engineer.**


Hey, you!

Do you want to play live music but have had trouble finding an outlet? Do you crave fame and/or glory? Do you routinely write in the margin of your notebook bad band name puns (Geezer, Velvet Underwear, Def Jeopardy)?

Then apply for the COVER BAND SHOWCASE! Applications are due on November 19, and the fun will take place on December 12.

Please submit applications to including: band name, songs you will cover, members of band, and instruments played. In order to make this event as inclusive as possible, we ask that individuals only apply for one cover band.

May Jovi be with you.



This Saturday, WOBC will host its annual OPEN HOUSE for alums/illuminati/anyone else interested. It starts at noon—come through to the station, spin records, stuff your face with hors d’oeuvres, enjoy our petting zoo (now with goat), talk radio, mingle, network, etc.


If you have questions, please direct them to



Apply For WOBC Staff 2014-15!

Are you “into” radio? Do you want to get more involved with WOBC? Then apply to be on WOBC staff for next year! In addition to the specific responsibilities described below, each staff member is expected to attend regular staff meetings and assist with other projects (Block party? Community outreach? Cover band showcase? Mystery event? create-your-own!>!>)
Staff positions do not carry over into the next year, so each one is open. Please send a short statement of interest (name, experience with WOBC, why you are qualified/want this job) to by Monday, May 12. 
You may apply to more than one position, and many positions have more than one slot. Also, these jobs are not limited to college students—community members are encouraged to apply.

∞ Genre Directors (Apply for Pop/Rock, Folk/Country, Classical, Electronic, Freeform, Hip Hop, Jazz, Metal, Punk, and/or International)

The genre director is primarily responsible for processing new music in their genre that the station receives and managing their genre’s section of the music library. Genre directors lead a weekly workgroup of station members to process new records and file old records within their genre. The genre director is responsible for posting regularly about new music in their genre on the WOBC blog. Genre directors are also expected to recruit DJs to apply to shows within their genre, work with the Promotions Directors to raise awareness about their genre and assist the Program Director in evaluating applications within their genre. Knowledge of musical styles in a particular genre and familiarity with the community of musicians and aficionados of that genre on campus is a plus in this position.

∞ News Editors (PAID POSITION)
The news editors are responsible for the production of WOBC news segments and ensuring that WOBC news segments are released daily. A new editor will have experience with sound editing software (Pro Tools, Logic, Audacity, etc) and be prepared to train reporters in how to conduct interviews, write scripts for stories, and edit audio. The news editors are responsible for assigning stories which are expected to cover events on and off campus. News editors should expect to commit ten hours or more to the position per week. You can receive Practicum in Journalism credit for this position.

∞ Public Affairs Director
The Public Affairs Director is responsible for producing Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and other content for the radio or website that is relevant to the communities within WOBC’s broadcast area. The PA Director works with the Program Director to build relationships and work collaboratively with organizations, events, and projects in Lorain County. The PA Director should have enthusiasm for community media and some skills in audio production.

∞ Vinyl Director
The Vinyl Director runs a weekly workgroup to explore WOBC’s vinyl collection and produces blog posts of particularly good finds. The Vinyl Director also maintains and organizes the vinyl collection and the corresponding digital database.

∞ Promotions Director
The Promotions Director is responsible for raising WOBC’s profile among college and community listeners. The Promo Director coordinates the production and display of advertisements for station events, the design and dispersal of station merchandise (t-shirts, stickers, etc) and organizes promotional material that the station receives.  The Promo Director must be in contact with local venues and the Music Director/genre directors, in order to receive free tickets for DJs and listeners.  The Promo director is also responsible for coordinating the production and distribution of each semester’s program guide.

∞ Music Librarian/Traffic
The Librarian is responsible for keeping the WOBC music library organized and accessible. The Librarian should be familiar with WOBC’s music collection and work to keep WOBC’s digital record of music accurate and up to date. The Music Librarian holds a weekly workgroup and is responsible for taking initiative to maintain the library as well as initiate new projects to improve it. The Music Librarian organizes and runs the Filing Party each semester. The position requires picking up new music in the mail from the Wilder desk, unpacking and inputing album information into the WOBC music database, and sorting albums into appropriate genres for workgroups.

∞ Web and Computer Manager (PAID POSITION)
The Web Manager maintains all of the WOBC computers and manages the WOBC blog, webcast server, digital music database, and WOBC’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. The Web Manager is responsible for training WOBC members how to use the website and how to use WOBC’s digital audio production resources. The Web Manager should have some experience with web design, social media, and audio production. A working knowledge of web design (HTML, CSS, PHP, Javascript) and server administration are highly sought. This may be paid position (inquire for details).

∞ Station Historian
The Station Historian is responsible for researching and documenting the history of WOBC. This includes organizing our reel to reel collections, sorting and digitizing old documents, and working to codify and document the overall history of WOBC.

∞ Outreach Director
The Outreach Director’s main priorities are to build connections with the Oberlin and Lorain County communities, to seek additional alumni support for WOBC, and to increase the station’s listenership.  The Outreach Director works to develop relations with WOBC alumni and produces a newsletter to send to the greater Oberlin community. The Outreach Director is also responsible for coordinating partnerships with local businesses and organizations, and for organizing public events like the Block Party. The Outreach Director should also work to achieve a fruitful relationship between WOBC and the Oberlin public school system, and will maintain our Outreach Hour on Saturdays.

***We have no received our budget for next year yet, so pay cannot be confirmed for any of these positions

Louie’s Jazz Review: Tigran Hamasyan Trio

This past Saturday at the Cat and the Cream, many students left the Tigran Hamasyan concert reevaluating the true meaning of life. Known mainly as an Armenian jazz pianist who embellishes standard jazz with hints at Armenian styles, Hamasyan notably won the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz competition.


It started off with up beat, catchy jazz that was reminiscent of the European countryside, and even featured Hamasyan singing in Armenian. But soon enough, the synthesizers came out, the drums got more involved and the style morphed from modern jazz to a blend of jazz, electronic and heavy metal music.

I was flabbergasted when he started laying down some heavy dub step music with 11/8 time signatures. Everyone bobbed their heads and messed up along with the complicated music. Me and my friends agreed the drummer was almost Bill Cosby-esque in the awkwardness of his cymbal hits. Since he didn’t need the piano for his solos, Hamasyan would play on the low register of the synthesizer and made a pretty grungy, metallic sound that everyone loved. It was rocking, jazzy, and danceable all at the same time, it was essentially a new genre.

After the performance everyone was reconsidering the meaning of life, even those who don’t like jazz. If you ever get the chance I highly recommend you check out a performance of his.

Here’s his take on the standard “Someday My Prince Will Come”
 Here’s a solo piece of his.