Written June 7, 2018
year 1966 drew to a close, the largest single campus organization at
Oberlin College was radio station WOBC, with a staff of 119
students. Organization was indeed a necessity for such a
large group. Therefore, at least ten percent of us were named
to leadership positions.
example, when I was Program Director in the spring of 1968 there were
15 other members of the Executive Board. Then the station's
Trustees promoted me to the top job, Station Director. I
requested applications from students who wanted to manage various
departments beginning in September, and I appointed 11 of them to
serve on my Board.
remember everyone from that
era, but I do have a collection of our weekly Program Guides.
The Guide's editor occasionally filled space by acknowledging the
station's Executive Board. Using those lists and other sources,
I've been able to create an almost-complete chart for posterity.
at the end of my first semester as a freshman, Ted Gest edited the
Program Guide for January 17, 1966. He noted that Ted Tarkow
was the Station Director, Frank Drake was the Program Director, and
Jud Leonard was the Chief Engineer.
grid below covers my final six half-years at Oberlin, plus a look
ahead to the autumns of 1969 and 1970. Fall semesters are
shaded in pale orange; spring semesters, in pale green.
few explanations: Many of us had the title of
Director, so I'm using
as a space-saving abbreviation. Sometimes there was an
shown here as a second name in a smaller font. As I recall,
the Program Ð
whom I succeeded in early 1968 was actually Ted Gest. The
Banquet was WOBC's annual celebration at the end of the
school year. And the Chief Control Engineer was the one who
taught everyone else the controls, i.e. how to
operate the equipment.