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Three New Gathering Hope House Radio Show Episodes!

Gathering Hope House community radio show WOBC

The Gathering Hope House Radio Show is a program produced by the members of the Gathering Hope House, a peer-managed mental health recovery center in Lorain, OH. Every Thursday afternoon, college students travel to the Hope House to produce an episode’s worth of stories about mental health, dealing with social programs, sharing songs, and working together to get better.

Our episode from April 18th discusses the upcoming vote on Issue 12, which will continue funding mental health programs in Lorain County. We also discuss how best to make people aware of when you’re having a breakdown or panic attack. We finish the episode with some biographies of famous individuals who dealt with Mental Health issues.

CLICK HERE: Gathering Hope House 4/18

Our episode from March 21st discusses living independently, sleep problems, and medication.

CLICK HERE: Gathering Hope House 3/21

Our episode from March 14th discusses opinions on healthcare reform, dealing with stigmas about mental illness, understanding, and an incredible spoken-word journey by hope-house member Daryll.

CLICK HERE: Gathering Hope House 3/14

Two New Gathering Hope House Radio Show Episodes!

Pictured: Stan “The Man” Collins, part of The Gathering Hope House Radio show and the coolest man alive.

Dear reader, your eyes do not deceive you! These are two brand new Gathering Hope House Radio episodes, straight from the Gathering Hope House, a mental health recovery center in Lorain.

Our March 7th episode discusses managing personal finances while dealing with mental health issues, the therapeutic effects of having an animal as a companion, living with MS, and Oscar predictions.

CLICK HERE: Gathering Hope House 3/7

Our February 28th episode discusses the importance of having a radio show, voting rights, and cuts to Lorain County Public Transportation.

CLICK HERE: Gathering Hope House 2/28

produced by Caroline Lewis and Max Rivlin-Nadler

Bucket of Blood 2k10: Denton, NOLA, Odds n' Stuff

Hi, Radioland

Matt and Meagan with another tour update, a bit late. A lot has happened since we last saw you, so it’s a bit hard to pick a starting point. Well, here goes:

First of all, Denton f’in rules. No sooner do we arrive at the house than we get greeted with smiles and TETRIS. On Nintendo, no less. And a killer turntable, so the two of us could listen to some of our haul from Austin. We bummed around town for a bit and went to a three-story-high used book and record emporium before meeting up with Dave Bay, who took us to this really cheap pan-Asian food place. Everyone around seemed to know him, so in turn they were kind to us. The three of us wound up taking a bunch of firewood from Texas Women’s College to the venue in a shopping cart later on, seeing as the people in charge of the show were trying to start a bonfire and had no wood. It was supposed to be an outdoor show, but it was far too brick to play outside. So the two of us played, Dust Congress, Sparlin’ Jessles  (his music sounds like the hypothetical child of Lionel O and Wisdom Tooth), and this Phil Spector-girl group type band The Hand Combine. All the bands, however different, played killer sets, and are worth checking out. They’re on myspace, I think.

The next day we spent driving to New Orleans. It was a long one, but one of the easier drives we had (the drive to Austin was a little murderous…we saw streaks of blood on the road at a couple points on that drive). We saw the sun set bubblegum colors over the swamp, and before we knew it we wound up in New Orleans at Colleen’s place. Even though we were beat from the long drive, it was a pleasure and a thrill to walk around her neighborhood looking at the old houses, the spaceship in someone’s front yard, and just seeing a new place. We watched Shallow Hal (awful) and part of Batman Returns (awesome) before konking out. The next day the two of us busked in the French Quarter since our show the previous night hadn’t happened, and the one the following night was sort of up in the air. It was a little tough to play in weather that cold, but it didn’t matter all that much: we got used to it quickly, and wound up staying and playing in various spots for a couple hours while people threw money at our feet, took pictures, and mostly smiled at us. You spend enough time recording or playing shows that are at least semi-organized that it’s easy to forget that this sort of thing — busking, I mean — is where this thing the two of us are doing begins and ends. There’s something really liberating about playing on the street for people to pay as much attention as they want, without a whole lot to lose. That night, we played a birthday party. Still energized from our time on the street, we played sets we could be proud of.

So that about catches you up. We’re in a cafe in New Orleans now using the internet and drinking chicory-root coffee, and in a couple hours Matt flies north and Meagan sticks around NOLA for a few before going to Orlando and then up the coast. I guess this is goodbye for now, us to you and us to each other. For now. Only for now. It’s been real, it’s been fun, it’s been something.

Radioland, it’s time to take out the trash.



Bucket of Blood: Austin, 1/8

Hi, Radioland

So you might be wondering why we’re calling this tour the Bucket of Blood 2k10 tour. Neither Lionel O nor Wisdom Tooth is particularly macabre, so it should seem out of character. It is out of character. We were driving to our Albuquerque show, and we saw a sign in Arizona (or outer New Mexico…not sure which) that was for “Bucket of Blood Ave.” No joke. When we get around to posting pictures, you’ll see it for yourselves. So that’s the story behind that.

Last night we played in Austin, and I’m writing from here. In a matter of minutes, we’ll drive to Denton, where we’ll spend the day and play a show tonight. The Austin show was a different breed from the others, but in a good way. We played at the Natrix Natrix house, a house venue tucked away in a residential neighborhood, with Jacob Borshard, David Isreal, and Literature. All put on terrific sets. We were able to trade some of our merch for David and Jacob’s, so when it comes time for a break from To Kill A Mockingbird we’ll have ample options.

Austin’s a great town. The two of us spent about three hours in a couple stores — record stores, thrift stores, coffee shops — each within a block of each other. If that. All without really reaching the main drag. Everyone we met yesterday was totally personable and sociable, both in town and at the show. We can’t wait to come back. Kind of a confusing city for outsiders to drive (we got lost several times), but worth it for the people and the friendly atmosphere they foster.

That’s about it. Now, on to Denton. Until next time,


PS – Lionel O’s latest record, Stranger, is up on iTunes!

1/6-1/7, Bucket of Blood Tour 2k10

Hello, radioland

Matt and Meagan again with another dispatch from the Southwest US. It’s been a couple days since we last wrote, and what a couple of days it’s been. We had a show the night after the Phoenix show in Albuquerque at the Gold House with Daniel Rhinier (Teenicide), The Arsonist, and Carlosaur, all of whom played great sets. They brought a fair amount of people, too, and they were all totally receptive and nice and just plain into it, which felt great. Nothing but positive vibes in that house, and I can only hope that the other shows on the tour will be that great.

The next day was a different sort of adventure. We’ve got more pix coming your way as soon as we can figure out how to load them…long story short, we drove for 16 hours from New Mexico to Austin on a drive that should’ve taken 11. There’s a large part of Texas that at least for the time being Matt will imagine as being bathed in pitch darkness. Not a bad thing, but from what he gathers it does get light around here sometimes. So after 3 mix tapes, two hours of the To Kill A Mockingbird audiobook, and a couple traipses in the wrong direction, we rolled into Austin at 4am. And that’s where we are now. We’ve got another show this evening at Natrix Natrix house with David Isreal, Literature, and Jacob Borshard. If you’re in Austin and like having a good time, come on down.

Love and BLOOD


Phoenix, 1/5/10

Editor’s Note: WOBC’s Matt Orenstein (pop director) AKA LIONEL O and Oberlin student Meagan Day AKA WISDOM TOOTH will be blogging their winter tour for Keep checking this site for updates!

Hi, Radioland

We — being Meagan Day (Wisdom Tooth) and I — are about to head to Albuquerque, but I figured I’d drop a line before the two of us hit the road. We’re touring the Southwest, moving east. Last night was the first show. It was in Phoenix at a house called The Tribe, and I can’t imagine a better way to start a tour. We had a couple other shows to compete with: one house show, and Sonic Youth. Given that, we drew a few people, and they all seemed to like what Meagan, Stephen Steinbrink, and I played. They were also a lot of fun to hang out with before, during, and after the show. Nice people around here. I’m glad we’re spending as much time in the SW as we are. Stephen and his Mom were kind enough to let us sleep at their house, and we had the good fortune of having Stephen show us some of Phoenix. Pix are forthcoming. I’ve never been to this part of the country, so I’ve never seen anything like it. I have a hard time fathoming anything other than snow and gray in the wintertime, and blue sky in grass in the summer. I’m not being melodramatic. The last couple weeks in Minneapolis were colder than cold, and the weeks leading up to those in Ohio were slightly less cold but no less gray. Not so down here. 60 degrees is sweater weather. What a place. I love it.

There’s really not a whole lot else to tell at this point. Tonight we have another show, tomorrow we don’t. My latest album, “Stranger,” will hopefully be up on iTunes while we’re on the road, so if you’re inclined keep your eyes peeled. There’s a WOBC connect here: Jesse, our manager, was kind enough to help me with the artwork.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you soon.


Community Radio Exco Final Projects

The Community Radio Exco created programs for hypothetical community radio stations as their final projects. These audio documentaries are definitely worth a listen.

Becca Nieto created Lexicon Box a program for a radio station which would concern literacy support and public domain story-sharing.

Lexicon Box

Anna Park created Relaxation Station a program for a radio station which would encourage meditation and relaxations techniques.

Relaxation Station

Arielle Lewis-Zavala created Gender and Sexuality Forum a program for a radio station which would discuss issues facing the LGBTQ community.

Gender and Sexuality Forum

Meli Wortman created a storytelling program en Espanol.

contando cuentos

Miles Pulsford created WHAT Radio a station which would give voice to elderly communities. His program features a true-life narrative from the Korean war.

WHAT Radio