Apply for WOBC Staff Spring 2012

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WOBC is now accepting applications for the following staff positions for the Spring. To apply, submit a statement detailing why you feel you would be good for the position. Email statements to by January 31.

WOBC News Editor: The news editors are responsible for the production of WOBC news segments and ensuring that WOBC news segments are released daily. A new editor will have experience with sound editing software (Pro Tools, Logic, Audacity, etc) and be prepared to train reporters in how to conduct interviews, write scripts for stories, and edit audio. The news editors are responsible for assigning stories which are expected to cover events on and off campus. News editors should expect to commit ten hours or more to the position per week. You can receive Practicum in Journalism credit for this position. This is a paid position (inquire for details).

Outreach Director: The Outreach Director’s main priorities are to build connections with the Oberlin and Lorain County communities, to seek additional alumni support for WOBC, and to increase the station’s listenership.  The Outreach Director works to develop relations with WOBC alumni and produces a newsletter to send to alums. The Outreach Director is also responsible for coordinating partnerships with local businesses and organizations, and for organizing public events like the annual block party.

Music Librarian: The Librarian is responsible for keeping the WOBC music library organized and accessible. The Librarian should be familiar with WOBC’s music collection and work to keep WOBC’s digital record of music accurate and up to date. The Music Librarian holds a weekly workgroup and is responsible for taking initiative to maintain the library as well as initiate new projects to improve it. The Music Librarian organizes and runs the Filing Party each semester.

Punk Director: The genre director is primarily responsible for processing new music in their genre that the station receives and managing their genre’s section of the music library. Genre directors lead a workgroup of station members to process new records and file old records within their genre. The genre director is responsible for posting regularly about new music in their genre on the WOBC blog. Genre directors are also expected to recruit DJs to apply to shows within their genre, work with the Promotions Directors to raise awareness about their genre and assist the Program Director in evaluating applications within their genre. Knowledge of musical styles in a particular genre and familiarity with the community of musicians and aficionados of that genre on campus is a plus in this position.

Rip Smops Documentary

Rip Smops

WOBC DJ Rip Smops (Smops Weekly Radio, 2pm on Tuesdays) is the subject of a documentary by Oberlin College students Sam Phillips, Jenny Miller, and WOBC Promotions Director Arielle Edelman.

RIP SMOPS: THE SOUND NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR premiers on Friday, December 16 at a Cinema Studies screening in West Lecture Hall in the Science Center, located on West Lorain Street in Oberlin.

Watch the trailer here:

TOP 30 12/8

1    AVEY TARE    Down There
2    TOM WAITS    Bad As Me
3    THEE OH SEES    Carrion Crawler/The Dream [EP]
4    SLOW CLUB    Paradise
5    BEACH BOYS    The Smile Sessions
6    REAL ESTATE    Days
7    M83    Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
8    ATLAS SOUND    Parallax
9    KATE BUSH    50 Words For Snow
10    NEIL YOUNG    Harvest
11    DIRTY PROJECTORS AND BJORK    Mount Wittenberg Orca
12    BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN    born in the u.s.a
13    MAGNETITIC FIELDS    69 love songs
14    JOHN MAUS    We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves
15    HANK WILLIAMS    lovesick blues
16    ARCADE FIRE    The Suburbs
17    TYCHO    Dive    Ghostly
18    STILL CORNERS    Creatures Of An Hour
19    WISE BLOOD    These Wings [EP]
20    GIRLS   Father, Son, Holy Ghost
21    JOAKIM    Nothing Gold
22    ST. VINCENT    Strange Mercy
23    R.E.M.    Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011
24    TWIN SISTER    In Heaven
25    BJORK    Biophilia
26    FRIENDS    College Sampler
27    TY SEGALL    Singles 2007-2010
28    JUSTICE    Audio, Video, Disco
29    OLOF ARNALDS    Olof Sings
30    SUMMER CAMP    Welcome To Condale

FORM THE VAULT: R.E.M. – New Adventures in Hi-Fi

REM - New Adventures in Hi-Fi

As the last album to feature founding member and drummer, Bill Berry, New Adventures in Hi-Fi, released in 1996, has the most diverse set of songs by R.E.M. The process of the album is unusual in that most the songs were written while R.E.M. was on tour for their 1994 album, Monster, and were recorded live with eight-track recorders. As a result, most of the album centralizes itself on themes of motion and travel. This album mixes the country sound found in their previous albums, Out of Time and Automatic for the People, with more of a rock feel found on Monster and Lifes Rich Pageant. I believe that although critics had mixed dispositions about the album, New Adventures in Hi Fi is one of R.E.M.’s best efforts, especially from the 1990s.

The album begins with the pleasant groove of “How The West Was Won and Where It Got Us”. This is probably the catchiest tune from the album with its highly recognizable and memorable piano staccato riff. Michael Stipe’s yell at the end of each chorus gives the song most of its power. The next song takes the listener to a fast pace run with “The Wake-Up Bomb”. It carries itself with a hard rock guitar riff. “New Test Leper” plays with religious themes with more of an acoustic sound. The band takes another turn to a light groove with “Undertow”. The bass carries this song as the guitar riff guides it towards its climatic chorus. This song also uses religious references that are subtle, in which Stipe contemplates about life. The chorus is surprisingly in a major key as Stipe yells “I’m drowning….” The most well-known song off this album is “E-Bow The Letter” and for a good reason. It is one of the most charming tracks from the album with Patti Smith featured as a guest vocalist behind Stipe’s echoes of sadness. Continue reading FORM THE VAULT: R.E.M. – New Adventures in Hi-Fi

Tom Green Interviewed on WOBC

Actor and comedian Tom Green called in an interview on WOBC this Friday 12/2 at 11:30am.

“You know Tom Green from his anything-goes run as the funniest, most unpredictable personality on MTV, and his unforgettable, deliciously loony roles in uproarious film comedies including ‘Road Trip’ and ‘Freddy Got Fingered.’ He’s graced the cover of Rolling Stone, commandeered the coveted guest-host chair on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ and conquered the World Wide Web with his free-wheeling, wildly popular internet talk show, ‘Tom Green’s House Tonight.’ Now, Tom brings his unique brand of hilarity to the art of stand-up comedy…”

Tom Green will be headlining at Hilarities Comedy Theater in Cleveland December 1-3 as part of his world stand-up tour.

Listen to the interview, conducted by WOBC DJs Curtis Cook and Shalena Wallace, here:

Tom Green Interview 12/2/11

Bluegrass Special with Bluegrass Erwin

Bluegrass Erwin
Bluegrass Erwin in the WOBC On-Air Studio - November 30, 2011

Tune in every Wednesday from 2-5PM for Bluegrass Special with Bluegrass Erwin, longtime radio personality and WOBC DJ. Featuring the “best bluegrass in the State of Ohio,” Bluegrass Special has been a fixture of WOBC’s programming since 2001. It was then that Erwin took over for a fellow bluegrass expert, longtime DJ Freeman Morgan who had hosted Bluegrass Express on WOBC since 1982. Since then Bluegrass Erwin has filled Lorain County’s airwaves with bluegrass every week, rain or shine.

I visited Bluegrass one Wednesday afternoon during his show. I found him perched in the on-air studio sorting through his collection of CDs for the next song he would play. I was there to take a picture for this post and to ask him a few questions. But there is hardly a spare moment with Bluegrass at the controls and the request line ringing. After snapping the Polaroid above, I asked him if he ever plays folk music on the show. He replied with a grin, “yeah, sometimes–but not that often.” Then he put on a bluegrass version of the country song “Honey Won’t You Open That Door” by Ricky Skaggs. “You can tell ’em I play country too,” he joked.

Bluegrass Special has been surreptitiously re-broadcast in states other than Ohio by radio DJs who just couldn’t match Erwin’s selection and passion for the music. According to Bluegrass, his show has been heard on college stations in Nebraska, Texas, and California.

Listen below to the beginning of an episode of Bluegrass Special originally broadcast on October 19th. -Will Floyd

Bluegrass Special, October 19, 2011 – 1:10:42

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