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Show of the Week: Vibes & Respect


Station Manager Brian Becker talked to DJ Will DiMaggio (Jaw Jam) about his show Vibes & Respect. Check out a recording of Jaw Jam here and tune into his show on WOBC, Thursdays 9-10 pm.

1. What is your show?
Vibes & Respect

2. How would you describe the show?
Hour long live mix of techno, house, and garage cuts. I try to strike a nice balance of new material and classic tunes. Deep(ish) vibes

3. How would you describe yourself?
an alright guy

4. What inspires you to do your show?
I got into DJing early and now do it pretty regularly under the moniker Jaw Jam. This show is a bit of an outlet for the house and techno stuff I don’t really get to play out as often when I perform.

5. What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Ronnie McNeir – I’m So In Love With You Baby

6. What is your favorite show on WOBC?
12 INCH / Single with Disco Steve

7. Favorite foods?

8. Favorite holidays?

9. Final thoughts?
“I only believe on acid house”


Featured Show: Cheap Thrills with DJ Emmylou


This blog post spotlights Cheap Thrills with DJ Emmylou, which is currently in its third installment.

How would you describe the overall sound and vibe of your show?

DJE: I have my limbs straddling about a dozen musical thresholds when I plan a show. I am enamored by so many different types of music–psychedelic rock, old folk standards, shoegaze, 90s grunge, proto-punk… the list goes on. So I have never felt comfortable devoting a show to one single genre or sound. Instead of taking that programming route, my shows, to be unintentionally vague, are based around a centering “vibe.” When I plan Cheap Thrills every week, I work off of viscera that music can make almost tangible. That might sounds pretentious or like a cop-out, but that’s truly the case. My shows have coherence, but not necessarily stylistic coherence.

What do you like best about having a weekly radio show and about radio in general?

DJE: Having a radio show has been a great creative and emotional outlet for me. Planning and putting on a show have always proved cathartic activities, and I like the idea of creating a product with the audience (listener) in mind. Working with WOBC has been a highlight of my time at Oberlin. Being involved with the station has given me an appreciation for radio–as a medium of expression, resistance, information–that I never could have imagined prior.

What is your wildest dream?

DJE: Recently I’ve been fantasizing a lot about the Sistine Chapel (I’ve never been). I’ve been fantasizing about Jimi Hendrix for a long time now. So I guess a crazy dream of mine would be to live in the Sistine Chapel as Jimi’s wife. We would take over The Vatican and replace Catholicism with some sort of magical/witchy religion vaguely resembling Wicca, with Hecate as its primary deity. Our daughter would be named Lillith, and Axis: Bold as Love our mantra. Continue reading Featured Show: Cheap Thrills with DJ Emmylou

Show of the Week: 1/14/13

This week’s installment of Show of the Week takes our attention to killer stud, long time WOBC enthusiast, and station Engineer during the semester, Ryan Caruso.

His show, Thrash Planet Ⓐ Part II: Call of the Wintermoon airs all this Winter Term on Wednesday nights from 8-10 PM. It’s one not to be missed. It’s two hours of black metal. Come on.

The man himself, Ryan Caruso

Here’s what Ryan had to say

1. What is your show?
Thrash Planet Ⓐ Part II: Call of the Wintermoon

2. How would you describe the show?
Its two hours of pure Norwegian/Scandinavian Black Metal: the darkest, coldest, most evil music ever created (with some other stuff mixed in when the mood strikes)

3. How would you describe yourself?
I like to chill, watch The X-Files, etc.

4. What inspires you to do your show?

5. What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Don Carlos – Alone

6. What is your favorite show on WOBC?
Chameleon Radio (saturdays noon-2pm)

7. Favorite foods?

8. Favorite holidays?

9. Final thoughts?


Show of the Week: The Real Nitty Gritty

For this week’s Show of the Week, we turned to the Real Nitty Gritty, a rockin’ show hosted by duo Tania and Thomas.

Here’s what they had to say:

1. How would you describe yourselves?
Thomas: a howlin’ rock and roll werewolf
Tania: the Devil Bat’s daughter

2. How would you describe the show?
60 minutes of the True rock and roll hoodoo, the vinyl voodoo, the hip shakin’ nerves a quakin’ primitive spew, the untamed and the unhinged — all the way from us to you

3. What inspires you to do your show?

4. What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Seeing as it’s Sunday: Archie Brownlee and The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi

5. What is your favorite show on WOBC?
Cuttin a Rug at the Proto Punk Party Place (Cruddy Holly)

6. Favorite foods?
“The Greasy Chicken” and “Bacon Fat”

7. Favorite holidays?

8. Final thoughts?
the zoommeratin alphabet


Be sure to check out The Real Nitty Gritty on WOBC, Tuesdays at 10 PM.

Show of the Week: Metallophonie

This semester we’re doing it. Bringing it back, I suppose. No matter, here we go:

For the first of this semester’s Show of the Week, Program Director Arielle Edelman selected Jamie Yelland’s great gamelan show, Metallophonie (Tuesdays @ noon).

Here’s what Jamie had to say:

1. How would you describe yourself? That’s a hard question. In a few words? How about, “multifaceted”, or “overcaffeinated”. I hate describing myself; I prefer to slowly divulge secrets and let people form their own opinions…

2. How would you describe the show? 
Metallophonie showcases gong music from around the world. In reality it’s mostly classical gamelan from Java and Bali, or contemporary American pieces that incorporate gamelan, because those are what I know and like best. But sometimes I play gong music from Sumatra, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand. Lately I’ve been finding some cool minimalist music that borrows from gamelan sounds without using any of the instruments (e.g. Steve Reich).

People often seem surprised that there’s enough gong music in the world to play on a radio show, and that it’s often part of refined classical traditions. Metallophonie aims to bring some amazing, complex music from another part of the world into the Oberlin community. I always hope that what I’m playing is a pleasant surprise for listeners.

3. What inspires you to do your show?
I started getting really into gamelan when I took the Intro to Javanese Gamelan EXCO two years ago. Then I went to Java over winter term last year to study music intensively, thanks to a Shansi grant, and now I teach that same EXCO. I would say that I have a moderate obsession with Javanese gamelan music, and I have to share it with the community somehow. Some people at Oberlin know what gamelan is, but most don’t know that we have opportunities to hear and play gamelan at Oberlin. I try to announce that every once in a while on the radio, hoping that people will like the music enough to check it out in person.

4. What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Currently, I am listening to Ensemble Modern’s rendition of Frank Zappa’s “Night School”. If I had to pick an all-time favorite musical figure, Zappa would probably be the one.

5. What is your favorite show on WOBC?
Mundo Mixto, which is on right before mine, is awesome. Caroline plays great music.

6. Favorite foods?
Undoubtedly the durian, which is a fruit from southeast Asia. It looks like a weapon of mass destruction, smells like “onion socks” according to one of my friends, and tastes like an incredible marriage of banana, almond, and caramelized onion. People either love it or hate it, but it’s the kind of thing you have to eat at least once just to say you’ve done it.

7. Favorite holidays?
Election Day, duh. When else do you feel so good about partying on Tuesday night?

8. Final thoughts?
Are you looking for something fun to do next semester? Take the Intro to Javanese Gamelan EXCO!!


F 1-2pm

Fridays 1-2pm, Eilis O’Neill, with producers Jake Purcell and Joanna Johnson, develops an international news show analyzing various world events to attempt to broaden Oberlin students’ understanding of these events. They get 2-3 guests on-air per show, so the show is ridiculously awesome (and intellectually stimulating!). Show of the week status granted.

1.  How would you describe yourself?

I’m a senior from Seattle.  I like producing radio, moving (between cities), reading, and running.

2.  How would you describe the show?

In Context is an international news analysis show.

3.  What inspires you to do your show?

I think that the international news coverage in most U.S. news outlets is pretty slim, so I try to talk to people who can help my listeners and me understand the complexity of the world’s events

4.  What are you listening to right now?

I just finished listening to some interviews I did yesterday for a NewsCorps piece about the regional cross country meet.

5. Favorite foods?

I am awfully fond of smoked salmon.

6. Favorite holidays?

My favorite holiday is Christmas, because it is the only time of year when my siblings and parents and I are all in one place.

7. Sample show?

This week, we are discussing the current political crisis in Italy for half the show and the issue of detainee rights (in Guantanamo and other U.S. detention centers around the world) for the second half.

To vote for next week’s Show of the Week, email pd@wobc.org.

SHOW OF THE WEEK: Heavy Tweaks

F 5-6am

Fridays 5-6am, Jack Patterson drags himself out of bed and to WOBC and to play “variegated, scintillating ‘vibes'” with “damaged pop sensibilities.” (FROM THE PROGRAM GUIDE — PAPER COPIES AVAILABLE NOW). We know he’s got listeners all over the area every week, so show of the week status granted.

1. How would you describe yourself?
I’m a freshman. I’m from Baltimore. No major. Vibe out hard 2 alot of soundz.

2. How would you describe the show?
I play music I like: psych and electronic, noise/free improv occasionally; I’ve been trying to keep a mix of agreeable vibes and harsher confusing stuff. It’s also fun to layer music on music there in the station, mixing stuff together on the spot.

3. What inspires you to do your show?
1) The death of chillwave. 2) Lil B the Based God, his based world, and based lifestyle (serious about my respect for Lil B and his music, for his extreme levity and experimentation).

4. What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Van Dyke ParksSong Cycle

5. What is your favorite show on WOBC?
Tower of Blood/Infinite Valley

6. What is your favorite food?
Korean seafood pancakes.

7. Favorite holidays?

8. Sample Playlist?
Cluster – Hollywood
Fennesz – Made In Hong Kong
Lil B – Ready for Battle
DJ Dog Dick – Lap Dog
Faust – Mamie Is Blue
Sun Araw – Deep Temple
Fenn O’Berg – Floating My Boat
Oval – Storecheck
Oneohtrix Point Never – Zones Without People

9. Final Thoughts?

To vote for next week’s Show of the Week, email pd@wobc.org.