Think radio programming should be more diverse? Want to hear more local DJs across the country on the airwaves? Want to see more local acts on the air? Want to PROTECT PUBLIC RADIO?
Well so we do. And so does the podcast group Soundtrack of the Week, who have initiated what they are calling Radio Diversity Day.
The idea was inspired by the movie Corporate FM as a way for radio listeners to demand more diversity in radio broadcasting, both freeform and commercial. Essentially, SOTW proposes that on December 5th, 2012 radio listeners call into their local radio station to demand improvements to public radio, including broader programming, increased local participation in the form of “live, local DJs and local programing to serve the public interest”. Listeners should also call their local congressmen and elected officials to demand legislative action to defend and improve public radio. The radio is public property! Don’t let it slip away!
For more information on this event and how to get involved, check out this page. And be sure to get involved and call your local radio stations and legislators this December 5th!
We Are the Catalyst and Crash Symbols in partnership with WOBC present:
“Dope Mountain Sound” –a mix tape featuring a cross section of old, new, and unreleased music from the Crash Symbols catalog.
Crash Symbols is a casette label with headquarters in West Virginia and North Carolina. Founders Jheri Evans and Dwight and Liz Pavlovic efforts have gained the attention of publications such as WIRED Magazine, NBC, Altered Zones, Rebel Magazine and many more. Their extensive catalog features recording artists such as Blackbird Blackbird, Beggars in a New Land, SPORTS, Born Gold, Honeydrum, and MillionYoung.
We Are the Catalyst is an emerging network and publication with content generated entirely by and about young artists. The We Are the Catalyst website launches December 5th. Until then catch Catalyst Radio on the air, Thursdays 11am-12pm on WOBC 91.5 FM and check out the We Are the Catalyst Facebook page for media and information about these rising artists.
The 2nd WOBC showcase is coming up! It’s November 2nd, this Friday!
Cover bands rule, and you can make one with just a few easy steps. First, corral your friends, give them instruments and some wigs (optional), then think of a band name. This part is the most fun. Next, you’ll (probably) want to practice a few times, so you’ll make a big splash on the big stage. WOBC has some big shoes to fill after last year’s event, but this one should be a load of fun!
The showcase will start at 8PM, Friday @ Above Subway and will see 20 student cover bands including:
Creed Paradise II: Studio on the Park
and many more!
And here are some sample ideas for inspiration:
Cockblock Twins (Cocteau Twins)
Crosby, Pills, and Cash (Crosby, Stills, and Nash)
Juggalo Wrestling (Insane Clown Posse)
Smells Like American Spirits (Nirvana)
Steve Chiller Band (Steve Miller Band)
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and be sure to come out this Friday to the 2nd Annual Cover Band Showcase!
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 MARK FELL Sentinel Objectif Actualite 2 DANIEL BACHMAN Seven Pines 3 WILLIAM HOOKER STRINGS 3 A Postcard From The Road 4 DEERHOOF Breakup Song 5 DINOSAUR JR. I Bet On Sky 6 ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFFITI Mature Themes 7 SIC ALPS Sic Alps 8 SANTIGOLD Master Of My Make Believe 9 DAN MELCHIOR The Backward Path 10 CULT OF YOUTH Love Will Prevail 11 FUSHITSUSHA Hikari To Nazukeyo 12 SPIRES THAT IN THE SUNSET RISE Ancient Patience Wills It Again Part II 13 BRETT NAUCKE Home By Now 14 CAN The Lost Tapes 15 ROBERT TURMAN Flux 16 THE ORB The Orbserver In The Star House The End 17 DJ RASHAD TEKLIFE Vol. 1: Welcome To The Chi 18 TAME IMPALA Lonerism 19 TRAXMAN Da Mind Of Traxman 20 GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! 21 LIGHT ASYLUM Light Asylum 22 MOUNT EERIE Ocean Roar 23 HOW TO DRESS WELL Total Loss 24 DUM DUM GIRLS End Of Daze 25 CAT POWER Sun 26 DAVID BYRNE AND ST. VINCENT Love This Giant 27 C S YEH Transitions 28 LA SERA Sees The Light 29 KAKI KING Glow 30 HOLY OTHER Held
Hey, it’s midterms, you’re stressed, I’m stressed, we’re stressed. But it’s okay, because we’ll get through it. De-stress with a little dance party, maybe, do some air guitar and then sit back down and triumph over those midterms like the rock star you are!
School is great, Oberlin is fun, but it’s easy to get sick of everything. I spent about two weeks in a hazy, caffeinated state in a corner of Mudd preparing for finals and writing papers, effectively listening solely to either Girls’ Father, Son, Holy Ghost, James Blake, or Ariel Pink’s Before Today. After finals ended, I started summer with a tired, college-sucks mentality, and above all, I was completely sick of my music library. In trying to relax and de-stress, I went to a lot of movies, laughed a lot, and heard some intriguing soundtracks. Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson’s latest film, particularly helped me in my search for new music, by essentially delving into music of old.
Although Hank Williams is considered the “father of country,” I had never heard his music. As I finished watching Moonrise Kingdom, the two Hank William songs featured in the film, sparked my curiosity; I essentially spent my entire summer listening to 1950’s and 1960’s country. The songs are simple, stripped down, but have meaning and purpose, whether it be the insatiable urge to “hit the road,” or the cliché of finding lost love. This music seems so natural, so pure, and there wasn’t a synthesizer or drum machine to be found, which I found too appealing. I got so enveloped in 1950’s and 1960’s country that I now have a radio show on WOBC solely dedicated to this genre. It’s on at 6am on Wednesday. Below is some good music from the time period, somethings you might hear on my show.