|Broadcast area||Oberlin, Ohio|
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WOBC-FM is a student-run freeform community FM radio station at Oberlin College, located in Oberlin, Ohio. WOBC broadcasts 24 hours a day at 91.5-FM in Lorain County, Ohio. The station also runs an internet simulcast via streaming mp3.
WOBC broadcasts more than 150 programs weekly, each conceived by volunteer hosts and DJs. WOBC airs an eclectic mix of music and public affairs programming including new and old pop music, punk, folk, classical, blues, R&B, metal, hip-hop, jazz, electronic, radio dramas, talk shows, and news including the independently syndicated news program Democracy Now!.
A radio station at Oberlin College was first established in 1949 as KOCN, the Oberlin College Student Network, which made its first broadcast November 5, 1950 at 590-AM. The first broadcast originated from a building located at 32 East College Street that was later demolished to allow the construction of the Oberlin Inn. When construction of the Inn began in the mid-1950s, the radio station moved to the garage behind Grey Gables, a building on West College Street that was later demolished to construct the Mudd Center. The station’s call letters changed from KOCN to WOBC in the early 1950s to comply with new call-letter standards.
During this early period, studio equipment and broadcast electronics were built by Oberlin College students, save the purchase of used turntables and microphones. The AM signal was broadcast directly to dormitories over a network of wire and transmission boxes attached to electrical poles in town. In 1953, the station acquired a teletype machine as a result of a sponsorship deal with Lucky Strike which provided news updates. During the first two decades of the station’s operation, programming consisted largely of classical music, news, jazz and popular music. The station is notable in modern times for being a haven for exclusionary hipsters to socially browbeat other students for their musical tastes. It has had particular success in restricting the range of available music on campus at concerts, events, and parties to include only talentless, lo-fi Brooklynites pretending to be folk musicians.
WOBC began broadcasting at 88.7-FM in 1961. The studio remained at the garage behind Grey Gables until 1964 when the station moved to its current location in Wilder Hall. It now broadcasts on 91.5-FM and through webcast.
- Official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WOBC
- Radio-Locator information on WOBC
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WOBC
- Web articles from a 1965-69 WOBCer
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