It’s that time of year once again. We are conducting our annual search for the next wobc board, and we want YOU to apply! If you are interested, we ask that you email a statement of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org by next Friday [April 10th]. Statements will be sent out to the entire station and voted on, so make sure you’re proud of what you write! If you’re interested in applying but have questions, reach out to the person who current holds the position you’re drawn towards, or talk to any of us during office hours or via email.
A couple things about board: Each position is stipended 10 hours a week of paid work at minimum wage, although often we do more work than this. In addition, any students can apply for these positions, and in fact, we encourage underclassmen to apply, in order to improve the station’s sustainability. Unfortunately, as per our charter, only college students may apply to board.
Please reach out if you have questions — we’re so excited to start the process of passing our torches to y’all!
Sophie, Michael, Asher, Katie, Sivan and Nick
The General Manager (GM) is the spokesperson for WOBC, the chair of the Board, and is responsible for the smooth operation of the organization as a whole. The GM, in conjunction with the other Board members, oversees the Station, its assets, its broadcasts, and coordinates the activities of WOBC staff and DJs. Most importantly, the General Manager ensures that tasks set forth by the board are accomplished and that those delegated those tasks have the resources they require. The station manager keeps frequent office hours and is on call 24/7.
Current General Manager: Sophie Hess
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The Operations Manager oversees compliance with all FCC regulations and legal agreements with copyright holders. The Ops Manager works with the Student Engineer to maintain technical equipment and ensure that station members follow proper procedures. Tasks include organizing DJ training, reviewing daily operating logs, reviewing Radio Activity logs, assisting Program Director with attendance, and completing quarterly issues/program reports. The Operations Manager is on call 24/7.
Current Ops Manager: Michael Stenovec
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The Program Director is responsible for the fair and timely creation and maintenance of the schedule of shows. The PD ensures that radio show applications are publicized widely within the broadcast area, both in Oberlin and surrounding communities. The PD is the primary contact with DJs over programming issues. The PD works to ensure that WOBC’s broadcast is interrupted as infrequently as possible, including during interim periods. The PD works with the Ops Manager to keep track of who attends or misses their shows. The PD listens to the radio often, makes suggestions to DJs and contacts those who do not attend their show. The Program Director is on call 24/7.
Current Program Director: Kathleen Thornton
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Music Director oversees the station’s music collection, facilitates the processing of incoming music, and manages workgroup members and directors. A large portion of the job entails talking on the phone and e-mailing with promotion companies and record labels to request music for the station and to track music the station has received. The music director organizes and oversees workgroups – they are in charge of assigning DJs to workgroups, as well as assisting and meeting with workgroup directors. The music director produces weekly music charts, submits them to the College Music Journal, and posts them on the Music Blog. In addition, they are also in charge of most blog content, including posting workgroups’ contributions, and should work to make the blog consistent and exciting. The Music Director is on call 24/7.
Current Music Director: Sivan Silver-Swartz
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The Treasurer is responsible for managing WOBC’s finances, preparing the annual budget, and serving as the liaison with the SFC. The Treasurer purchases everything the station needs and works with the Operations Manager and Student Engineer to maintain and replace technical equipment. The Treasurer is on call 24/7.
Current Treasurer: Asher Kaplan
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The student Station Engineer is chiefly responsible for the daily maintenance, operation, and execution of station broadcasting. This includes upkeep of station equipment, making sure broadcasting is functioning properly, repair of broken or malfunctioning equipment, and keeping the station and studio operating professionally and properly. Applicants should have a general knowledge of the station’s studio equipment, radio broadcasting techniques, audio cables and electronics, signal flow, troubleshooting, and basic sound engineering skills. Though aspects of this position can and should be learned over time, a basic interest in, familiarity with, or knowledge of audio engineering is highly recommended for any applicant. The position requires the Engineer to be on call 24/7 during the semester and will require time in the station familiarizing with the equipment and various troubleshooting scenarios. The Station Engineer is also responsible for operating the Remote Broadcast Unit and for any use and maintenance/upkeep of the WOBC PA System for events or shows sponsored by WOBC. The Engineer position is in constant contact with both the Studio B Directors and the Webmaster, so should also be familiar with the operations of those positions. Applicants are also highly encouraged to spend time during the Summer and Winter sessions working in the station. An inclination for woodworking and building, soldering, and other “handy-work” is also highly encouraged.
**note, due to the highly technical nature of the engineer position, this will not be an elected role. instead, the current engineer, Nick Plett, will select the new engineer.**