Category Archives: Community Radio

Community Radio!


WOBC is proud to announce our official participation in the first ever COLLEGE RADIO DAY, taking place October 11, 2011.

“The aim of College Radio Day is to raise a greater, national awareness of the many college and high school radio stations that operate in North America by encouraging people who would not normally listen to college radio to do so on this day. It is hoped that those people who do tune in like what they hear and become regular listeners. The organizers of College Radio Day believe that college radio is one of the last remaining bastions of creative radio programming, free from the constrictions of having to be commercially viable, and a place where those involved in its programming believe passionately in its mission.”

For more information, check out CMJ’s interview with co-founder of College Radio Day, Rob Quicke, or visit

-devra freelander

Senate Joins House in Passing the Local Community Radio Act

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WASHINGTON, DC – Today a bill to expand community radio nationwide – the Local Community Radio Act – passed the U.S. Senate, thanks to the bipartisan leadership of Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and John McCain (R-AZ). This follows Friday afternoon’s passage of the bill in the House of Representatives, led by Representatives Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Lee Terry (R-NE). The bill now awaits the President’s signature.

These Congressional champions for community radio joined with the thousands of grassroots advocates and dozens of public interest groups who have fought for ten years to secure this victory for local media. In response to overwhelming grassroots pressure, Congress has given the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a mandate to license thousands, of new community stations nationwide. This bill marks the first major legislative success for the growing movement for a more democratic media system in the U.S.

“A town without a community radio station is like a town without a library,” said Pete Tridish of the Prometheus Radio Project, the group which has led the fight to expand community radio for ten years. “Many a small town dreamer – starting with a few friends and bake sale cash – has successfully launched a low power station, and built these tiny channels into vibrant town institutions that spotlight school board elections, breathe life into the local music scene, allow people to communicate in their native languages, and give youth an outlet to speak.”

The Local Community Radio Act will expand the low power FM (LPFM) service created by the FCC in 2000 – a service the FCC created to address the shrinking diversity of voices on the radio dial. Over 800 LPFM stations, all locally owned and non-commercial, are already on the air. The stations are run by non-profit organizations, local governments, churches, schools, and emergency responders. Continue reading Senate Joins House in Passing the Local Community Radio Act

WOBC Informational Fireside Chat!


This Saturday, September 4th from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. visit the station to learn more about how you can get on the airwaves. Come to meet the WOBC staff and learn how you can help manage the behind-the-scenes affairs of WOBC.

WOBC 91.5-FM is Oberlin’s student-run radio station, broadcasting music, public affairs, and news 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the semester. No experience necessary. If you are interested but cannot attend, send a note to

WOBC at the US Social Forum in Detroit

US Social Forum Prometheus Radio Project
WOBC participates in a Prometheus Radio Project workshop entitled, “Making Waves: Radio as a tool to build and organize community.”

What is the US Social Forum? From the US Social Forum 2010 website:

The US Social Forum (USSF) is a movement building process. It is not a
 conference but it is a space to come up with the peoples’ solutions to the 
economic and ecological crisis. The USSF is the next most important step in our
 struggle to build a powerful multi-racial, multi-sectoral, inter-generational,
 diverse, inclusive, internationalist movement that transforms this country and
 changes history.

We must declare what we want our world to look like and we 
must start planning the path to get there. The USSF provides spaces to learn 
from each other’s experiences and struggles, share our analysis of the problems 
our communities face, build relationships, and align with our international 
brothers and sisters to strategize how to reclaim our world.

SITES Radio!

Spanish In The Elementary Schools

Spanish In The Elementary Schools (SITES) allows Oberlin College students to teach Spanish to Oberlin public school students. For their final project, Mr. Codney’s 4th grade class at Prospect Elementary School learned about community radio and then students planned, practiced and recorded their own radio program to show off what they learned this year. Parents, students, and anyone else can listen to the audio, which includes the following segments: 

1. “Bienvenido”- A welcome from the class
2. “Introducción”- An intro about the date and weather
3. “La Familia”- Students talking about the members of their families
4. “El Alfabeto”-The call-and-response alphabet song
5. “Los Animales”- Students teaching each other how to say different animal names in Spanish
6. “¡Pies Pies Pies!”- A song that students sing about the body, “el cuerpo”. Accompanied by an exhausting dance!
7. “¿Qué quieres ser?”- Students share what they want to be when they grow up
8. “¡Adiós!”- The “Goodbye” song

The piece was recorded by Spanish teachers Caroline Lewis and Chris Gollmar and produced by Caroline Lewis. Thanks to Professor Codney’s class for a great year!