WOBC Love Notes: Part One


DJs write in and share their feelings…


Doing my due diligence as a Freshman DJ, I was in the station sometime between 4 and 5 am on a Wednesday morning, probably jamming some Fiona Apple or something.  In my half-awake stupor, I wandered out of the station, down the sparsely lit hall towards the worst bathroom in Oberlin.  It wasn’t til I was back at the station door that I realized I had left ID card somewhere in the there.

I think a normal person may have just exited Wilder and gone home at this point but I got really nervous, didn’t want to cause dead-air and also needed all my stuff.  So I wandered around the dark halls of Wilder aimlessly trying to come up with a “plan” or find a custodian.  Eventually, I decided to jump the counter of the front desk and squeeze through the wood paneled curtain to look for a key or call someone? I found a girl’s ID back there that astonishingly granted me access into the station.

Later that week, I got a “talking to” from some of the board members in Decafe for breaking Wilder rules (I’ll never know how they knew about my break-in) but I think I did the right thing : ) the show must go on….

Another love letter….

I think some the best times of my life have gone down at WOBC parties.

– Emily Weber


A WOBC love note:

My show is named Hobo Deli in honor of a song written by Rip Smops, former WOBC DJ. The song is about a deli in upstate NY where hobos hang out. Rip told me he was really enticed by the deli but got “kicked out of town” before he had a chance to chill there, so he wrote a song about what he thought was inside the deli. He showed me some of the lyrics:

“Hobo deli, hobo deli/Onion bagel, butter and jelly/ Praise Jah”

I really liked them so I asked Rip if I could name my next radio show in his honor. When i first met Rippy i thought he was a weird older dude with long gray hair who really liked to play random tapes and flail in the dj booth. We had back-to-back shows for two semesters which ruled. Once I played Pink Floyd and he told me that “sucked” and that my music taste was “boring and predictable”. we would hang out in the station during my show and we talked about stupid people, vibes, aliens existing (i said no he said yes), feeling weird and enchiladas. When we no longer had back to back shows, he called into my show most weeks to tell me what he thought- he usually thought it was “ok”.  Rip was always hiding from Petra the (former) Operations Manager because he refused to log his shows and she was mad at him. He said he was “technology free” but he has an extensive website devoted to himself (www.ripsmops.net) so I question  the truth of this statement. When we no longer ran into each other every week in the station, we missed hanging out so we went to Lupitas to eat enchiladas or he called me and said “make dinner”  so I made us fish tacos. That was last summer before he moved from Oberlin to El Paso, TX. I miss Rip, I lost his phone number and finally ran into his friend Scott who gave it to me. We talked for awhile on the phone last week but it wasn’t the same as enchiladas at Lupitas or hanging out in the radio station. This one’s for Rip.

– Amanda Mummery


(We love ) the Wednesday show from 3-4 (I think it’s called What’s Jazz?) we love listening to it during our shift at decaf!

– Kaleena Fraga


Last summer on my show (Chameleon Radio, Mondays 10am-noon) I had a little brown bat visit the  studio!   It was on the floor and I thought it was a stuffed toy. I went to pick it up and it moved and I just about jumped out of my shoes!  I told the janitor about it and someone came and took the bat outof the building.

– Chuck Ryals


Hey, this is ██████, ████ ██ ███████ ██ ███████. You want a love note? Well..

Here’s one for Fiz.

I sat next to her at the general meeting, and had a lovely chance encounter with her at a house party and delved into discussing Trust. I was under the assumption we were talking about Trust (a little loved French Metal band with a unique blend of AC/DC and NWOBHM) but not Trust (A Canadian Synthpop band that can arguably be called Darkwave.) Now, I haven’t the metal to face time with her, but still.. I’m sure there’s a few choice Dave Mustaine lyrics (perhaps some from Mechanix) and maybe Accept (Metal Heart and Breaker?) that go rushing through my head like an electric shock. I’m wondering if there can be anymore cheesy one liners thrown in combined with music references.. Hmm, I guess for Fiz, I’m Hellbent for Denim.


Anonymous (But not the sh**ty Anonymous from Horde who put out that ‘Christian’ Black Metal Album Hellig Usvart)

– Anonymous

The most recent, amazing event in my WOBC career:

Tuesday night, 9PM, the Junkyard Brown Radio show, spinning all your favorite New Wave, Shoegaze, PUNK, post-punk, grundge and goth jams from the 70’s-present.

So I play my second song of the night, a cute little riot girl punk number, and no less than a minute into it I get a call from a girl asking,

“Hey, can you play a different song? This song is just really crunchy and I have a headache.”

In my mind, I thought…hmm, you’re not going to like the rest of the show, and who is forcing you to listen to the radio.


– Bee Brown

One morning during the spring of my second year at Oberlin when my show, “Day/Night Dreams,” was in its first iteration a stranger called me up. He said he was from Chicago and that he worked in a restaurant that was just opening up for the day and that their Pandora wasn’t working, so he’d somehow stumbled upon my show on WOBC to listen to while he cleaned off tables or something. He said I was >>killing it<<, that I was the best he ever h(e)a(r)d. He asked me to play a song by The Clean, so I did, and later on in the hour HE CALLED ME BACK and asked to hear something by The Vaselines, so I frantically searched for something by them related to my theme and played “The Devil’s Inside Me.” I couldn’t believe he’d called me twice, and every week after that I waited for another call from him requesting more songs, asking me to elope and waitress with him etc. etc. He never called me back, and I still wonder if it was just a friend who knew too well that I’d be entranced by the story of some mysterious boy fatefully coming across my radio show while he worked in some restaurant some morning some where. Either way it was a very memorable Day/(Night) Dream during a groggy WOBC morning. And if he ever calls back…

– Emma Smith

An anonymous caller who goes by the name Mr Jiminy frequently called into my shows, requesting things like Macy Gray and the theme song from Boobah in a spooky voice, but it turns out that it’s just my friend Devon.

Brian Becker

One of my happiest memories of the year was receiving a call from my friend in London, England. I had told him that I had a radioshow from 4-5am, and he and his family were just getting up to begin their day when he decided to give the WOBC a call. It touched me that he remembered a little detail from a past a conversation and took, all the way from across the pond, the initiative to talk to me on an otherwise very lonely morning.

– Nolan Scharper

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-Amanda Mummery

Show of the Week: CRUSHED

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Listen to CRUSHED, Thursdays 4-5pm on WOBC.

What is your show?
CRUSHED is our show.

How would you describe the show?
Crushed is an hour long weekly exploration of romantic entanglements. We like to talk about unrequited love, heartbreak, and occasionally the warm and fuzzy parts of romance – although we usually make fun of that, because happiness and contentment do not make for very interesting radio. We feature interviews with students and community members, and read each week from the anonymous “missed connections” submissions that we receive online. (You should do this too! facebook.com/crushedwobc) And interspersed throughout is some really catchy music about love and loss and lust and like-like-ing (if you don’t know what that means, listen to the show or watch Hey Arnold.)

How would you describe yourselves?
“so cute it hurts,” – The Grape.

We’d like to add that we’re great and we smell good and we are very easily enthused… and that we are prone to at least two relatively major technical difficulties per show.

What inspires you to do your show?
Tru luv and deep-seated, personal bitterness. – Kitt
The never ending need to find other people to commiserate with on campus. I feel so much better about my own love life when I realize that most people’s are just as awkward, upsetting, and downright weird. – Sophie

What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
The sweet, dulcet murmurs of eager academics in Azariah’s….and the Thermals, who are teeth grindingly, teen angst-ily good.

What is your favorite show on WOBC?
We’re often throwing things together last minute, which means we hang out in the studio the hour before our show. As a result we get to listen to the amazing Young, Gifted and Black. It’s thought provoking, hilarious, and we’re consistently jealous of their incredibly well-curated playlists and expertly-blended transitions.

Favorite foods?
Black River Brunch, every Saturday and Sunday and sometimes Tuesdays when we skip class. Kitt gets two eggs over easy with homefries and rye toast. Sophie gets an everything bagel with cream cheese, bacon and one scrambled egg. It is literally the same almost every time.

Favorite holidays?
4th of July. With Sophie’s entire extended family (yes, Kitt goes too.) It’s an experience.
*not valentine’s day, obviously, because it is actually the worst. same for new years. kissing makes us want to throw up.*

Final thoughts?
Listen to our show, because we seek SO much external validation and we’re known for giving embarrassing, overly-emotional shoutouts to specific listeners. Also, send us your stories – we’re always on the hunt for a good crush.

TOP 30 5/7


The Top 30 is a weekly section of the WOBC blog where we highlight the 30 most-played new albums each week. Check out what our DJs are spinning!

1 MILK MUSIC Cruise Your Illusion
2 OS MUTANTES Fool Metal Jack
3 DEAD C / RANGDA Dead C Vs. Rangda
5 THE KNIFE Shaking The Habitual
6 SOURCE FAMILY The Source Family
9 THEE OH SEES Floating Coffin
10 WIRE Change Becomes Us
11 FELA KUTI The Best Of The Black President 2
13 REPLACEMENTS Songs For Slim
14 BARDO POND Rise Above It All
15 DAVID BOWIE The Next Day
16 KURT VILE Wakin On A Pretty Daze
17 ICEAGE You’re Nothing
18 THE MEN New Moon
19 AARON DILLOWAY Corpse On Horseback
20 JANDEK Richmond Sunday
22 JOHN ZORN The Mysteries
23 AUTRE NE VEUT Anxiety Software
24 SUN CITY GIRLS Eye Mohini
25 FLAMING LIPS The Terror
26 DEERHUNTER Monomania
27 GHOSTFACE KILLAH Tweleve Reasons To Die
30 JAMES BLAKE Overgrown

TOP 30 4/30

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The Top 30 is a weekly section of the WOBC blog where we highlight the 30 most-played new albums each week. Check out what our DJs are spinning!

1 BARDO POND Rise Above It All
4 JAMES BLAKE Overgrown
5 LANA DEL REY Paradise
7 WIRE Change Becomes Us
10 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE The 20/20 Experience
11 SODOM Epitome Of Torture
12 SONIC YOUTH Smart Bar Chicago 1985
13 ANDREW BIRD Hands Of Glory
14 NEW ORDER Lost Sirens
15 M83 Oblivion
16 BLEACHED Ride Your Heart
17 SUFJAN STEVENS Silver And Gold
20 BLUE HAWAII Untogether
21 BABIES Our House On The Hill
23 DAVID BOWIE The Next Day
25 TOKIMONSTA Half Shadows
26 AARON DILLOWAY Corpse On Horseback
27 MILK MUSIC Cruise Your Illusion
28 AUTRE NE VEUT Anxiety Software

Bill Callahan live at Oberlin + ticket giveaways

This Saturday, May 4th, American folk master-songwriter Bill Callahan (formerly of (SMOG)) will be gracing The ‘Sco’s stage. The appearance will be his first in years and Callahan will be debuting songs to be released on an upcoming album on Drag City Records. Tickets are still available at the Wilder desk ($7 with OCID, $20 without) and at http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1714270&search_source=etix but they are going fast so be sure to pick one up soon if you want to attend the concert. Doors are at 10PM and tap dancer Flat Foot is opening. WOBC is giving away 5 pairs of tickets this week at the following times (included are short anecdotes each participating DJ contributed):

Creep-o-Rama, 8PM Tuesday

after obsessively listening to bill callahans music for a few years, i went to a concert my senior year of high school and, by lurking around the venue after the show was over, got to meet him and talk to him for a bit. Probably the best moment of my 17 years of life.

You Are Invited, 2AM Friday

when I graduated from high school a teacher that I was really tight with gave me a CD with “Riding for the Feeling” on it. It’s a sad song about leaving people & it makes me think about leaving high school and this teacher that was a really important dude for me. I love that song

hobo deli, 2PM Friday

i heard “to be of use” once playing from the window of someone’s room on north pleasant street and it made me cry and i could never figure out what song it was but i thought it was one of the most beautiful songs i had ever heard and it drove me crazy for a couple months so on the radio i described it and someone finally called in and told me what it was and it was a rando person listening we ended up hanging out and i was very sad at the time but we went to blue sky and got chocolate malted shakes it was very strange that was last year kinda the end of winter but i ended up listening to smog all the time through the summer until everyone i lived with wanted to kill me except john michael cause he was so into it. i decided i wanted to make amends with people id hurt and lost touch with like friends, enemies etc. so i sent them all smog songs. mostly i break horses or blood red bird or one find morning or baby’s breath, i was also obsessed with the apocalypse a little (pre december 2012) and realized that bill callahan’s latest album was called apocalypse and didnt really stop listening to it for about half a year. i also have a big crush on him, but thats fairly uninteresting.

Victory Lap, 3PM Friday

Bill Callahan’s music is inseparable from my experience of freshman year at Oberlin. Between the Wilder Desk, WOBC, the speakers in decafe, and my own room, Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle still stands as a major component of the soundtrack to my first year in Oberlin. Though perhaps his music doesn’t play as often as it did then in Oberlin, one thing that has remained consistent over four years is the rumor that “Bill Callahan is coming.” I’m glad it’s finally happening.

Kold Kutz, 9PM Friday

Bill Callahan has been one of my favorite artists since I first heard “Knock Knock” when I was 13. I bought every Smog album, became a little obsessed with him, and I remember writing an article about him for the school paper as a high school freshman. I still listen to all of those albums consistently, as well as his more recent stuff as Bill Callahan. Having missed a couple opportunities to see him in the past, i’m really excited about this show.

TOP 30 4/23


The Top 30 is a weekly section of the WOBC blog where we highlight the 30 most-played new albums each week. Check out what our DJs are spinning!

1 KURT VILE Wakin On A Pretty Daze
2 GUIDED BY VOICES The Bears For Lunch
3 JAMES BLAKE Overgrown
4 WOLF EYES No Answer : Lower Floors
5 WIRE Change Becomes Us
6 JANDEK Richmond Sunday
7 MILK MUSIC Cruise Your Illusion
9 THE KNIFE Shaking The Habitual
11 SUN CITY GIRLS Singles Vol. 3
12 SONIC YOUTH Smart Bar Chicago 1985
13 BARDO POND Rise Above It All
14 NEW ORDER Lost Sirens
15 OF MONTREAL Daughter Of Cloud
16 AARON DILLOWAY Corpse On Horseback
17 TIMES NEW VIKING Over And Over [EP]
19 GHOSTFACE KILLAH Adrian Younge Presents: 12 Reasons To Die
21 PERE UBU Lady From Shanghai
22 DUCKTAILS The Flower Lane
27 THEE OH SEES Floating Coffin
28 DEERHUNTER Monomania
29 DAVID BOWIE The Next Day
30 FUSHITSUSHA Mabushii Itazura Na Inori

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