We wanted to share what WOBC accomplished last semester before the new semester of programming begins. Let’s take a look back at WOBC fall 2013.
Last Semester.. -A record number of applications came in, diversifying the musical atmosphere of WOBC. We welcomed loads of new djs from both the college and community and had so many unique shows. A major highlight was an influx of applications from the community. Check out archived playlists here.
-Workgroups sorted through the barrels of new albums we receive every week from promotion companies. Genre Directors led their workgroups in deciding which albums to add to our database and vaults. The new shelf in the control room was updated frequently with new albums.
-Charles, the director Studio B, kickstarted Live From Studio B. He welcomed local and touring bands into WOBC’s recording studio and recorded an EP for each of them. Major congrats to Charles for an amazing start to a great program! Check out all the sessions here.
-The Winter Term Station Managers, Matan and Zoe, began updating our security policies for upcoming years. So much gratitude to them for helping to improve our amazing community!
-Sophie and co. organized an amazing week of programming dedicated to sexualized violence awareness, amplifying many voices from the campus and beyond, including FORCE. You can find a complete archive of the week here and under the “News” tab.
If you are a listener or a member of the community and have any suggestions for the upcoming semester of programming, please contact any of us. Our contact info is located here.
Apply to be WOBC’s Spring 2014 Hip Hop Genre Director!
Some information about the position:
The hip hop genre director should create a weekly chart for their genre detailing newly added music and run a workgroup to process and file new and old music within their genre. Each genre director is responsible for contacting labels and promotion companies in their genre. Genre directors also are expected to recruit DJs to apply to shows within their genre, work with the Promotions Department to raise awareness about their genre and assist the Program Director in evaluating applications within their genre. Knowledge of musical styles in their genre and familiarity with the community of musicians and aficionados of that genre on campus is a plus in this position. Genre directors should solicit ideas for projects from the members of the group. Send questions to email@example.com. Applications due Friday, February 6th to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are very excited to get going with all the fun things that WOBC has planned for this spring, including our annual block party, our softball team, and various exciting attempts to expand programming and outreach so that WOBC can be a better resource for everyone.
We know you are all excited to get on the air, some of your for the FIRST TIME, and we can’t wait to see what ideas you have. To apply for a radioshow you can click on the “apply” tab on the website, or click here.
The deadline for applications is 11:59 PM on Friday, Feb 7.
Applying for a radio show, and being a DJ, are not the only ways to be involved with WOBC! We need a lot of help and a lot of people with various levels of skills, expertise and good ideas. If you’d like to learn more about all the possible ways to make WOBC a better resource for the community please come to our All-Station Meeting, which will be in West Lecture Hall (now Nancy Schrom Dye Lecture Hall) at 117 Woodland St. in Oberlin, Ohio on Tuesday, Feb 11.
WOBC is looking for a Talk & Public Affairs director for the spring semester. This position works with organizations around the college and community to produce Public Service Announcements (PSAs) for the station. As you may know, WOBC is required to play two PSAs per hour, and the station runs 24 hours a day. This means that producing PSAs is essential to keeping the station running properly.
Unlike many radio stations that play pre-written or pre-recorded announcements, WOBC started writing and recording our own PSAs a few years ago in order to provide announcements that are more relevant and engaging to our listenership. We try to maintain a balance of PSAs that refer to upcoming events in and around the Oberlin Community, introduce the listenership to the services and goals of different organizations, and deliver general messages that serve the public interest.
Talk & Public Affairs directors are responsible for: contacting organizations and helping them write PSAs; recording and editing PSAs using Pro-Tools or other audio editing software; running workgroup once a week; and attending regular WOBC staff meetings. If you are interested in this position but do not have experience with Pro-Tools, please still apply – we can teach you!
This is not a paid position. However, it is fun, builds important skills (especially if you plan to continue with radio), and looks great on a resume! If you have any questions, email email@example.com. To apply, send a short statement of interest firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are in the area this January, consider applying for a Winter Term show. It’s a great opportunity to have a show if you’ve never had one before, or to experiment with a theme you’d be too afraid to try during the school year. You can access the application here. Questions? Contact WT managers Zoë and Matan at email@example.com.
Here are some important dates:
11:59 pm, January 7: applications due
6pm January 9: schedule up outside the station
January 10: all-station meeting (time and place TBD)
I asked the staff to make a top five list of anything music-related in 2013; some DJs were more ‘creative’ than others:
†0p 5 “moments” of 2K13 (in backwards chronological order)
Nick, Engineer, punk director
1. making kim gordon smile one time
2. making masami akita (merzbow) smile one time
3. novice, LFSB: 002
4. summer 2013
5. wildboy live set in hark 312
Top Five Albums of 2013 Liam: Traffic Director
1. Double Cup–(DJ Rashad/DJ Spinn)
3. Send A Prayer EP–(Motor City Drum Ensemble)
4. Boat Party–(Kyle Hall)
5. Caramel–(Connan Mockasin)
Top 5 New Music Sivan: Vinyl Director
1. Greg Stuart & Michael Pisaro – Closed Categories in Cartesian Worlds
Julia Holter – Loud City Song
3. Greg Stuart & Joe Panzner – Dystonia Duos
4. Greg Stuart & Antoine Beuger – Sixteen Stanzas on Stillness and Music Unheard
5. Tom Johnson & Samuel Vriezen – The Chord Catalogue; Within Fourths/Within Fifths
“I don’t listen to enough new music, but I do listen to a lot of New Music, i.e. contemporary classical music, which doesn’t usually take its form in albums. Here’s a small collection of what has, though. Greg Stuart is a wonderful percussionist who had an extremely productive year, performing works by Michael Pisaro and Antoine Beuger and collaborating with electronic artist Joe Panzner. He and Panzner will be in Oberlin in March performing their own music and a (different) piece by Pisaro. Julia Holter is now more firmly in the “pop” world, but she studied composition with Pisaro. Her newest album is, this is not really a hyperbole, indescribably good. Her background shows, but only in a good way. Finally, a recording that actually matters of an “old” classical piece (on the label founded by Beuger) – Samuel Vriezen performs Tom Johnson’s 1986 piece “The Chord Catalogue,” which systematically presents every possible chord within a single octave at lightning fast speed.”
Top 5 tracks to ignore-hw-and-hit-the-beer-bong-instead-to
1.“Let it Go” – A$AP Ferg — first track on an all around great album, Ferg’s v recent Trap Lord
2.“Dark Horse” – Katy Perry, Juicy J — better than ur thinking it’ll be, trust
3. “Play” – David Banner — nasty
4. Female$ Welcomed – Trinidad James — a nice gesture
5. Splash Waterfalls – Ludacris — ya
Top Five Albums Chuck: Freeform Director
1. Stephan Mathieu- The Falling Rocket (dekorder records)
WOBC was recently featured on MTU’s College Radio Countdown. The Board was asked to prepare a 1 minute video and a 10-song playlist that represented an aspect of the station. The Board took this request and created a super-weird response.