Working with their faculty advisor and with the help of some other students and DJs, they researched WOBC's 70-year history, thoroughly going through every object in the Wilder Hall station and office to better archive and organize the documentary record. They also discovered my website (the one you're viewing now) with its WOBC images and audio.
In April 2019, Abby wrote to ask me whether they could include some of my material in their final animation project. With all that time absorbing the world of WOBC, we decided we had to make this film!
From the oral history we recorded in 1988, I can also identify the voices of two pioneers who started the station and one of my contemporaries.
When I started at WOBC in 1965, I called play-by-play for basketball games, then became Sports Director and eventually Station Director. Therefore I was interested in one scrap that made its way into the film, an Oberlin Review clipping from ten years before my time. Student Council made annual appropriations from the Activity Fee to support various extracurricular organizations, and WOBC's share included $576.29 (nearly a fifth of its total allocation) which was earmarked for sports broadcasts. The station wanted to increase its coverage, asking for an additional $173.30 to air all away football, basketball, baseball, and lacrosse games in 1958-59. The request was turned down.
A lot has happened there in the decades since I left. It's been a real joy, writes Abby, to be involved with WOBC during my time at Oberlin, and we're excited to share this film with you and lots of other passionate WOBC alums.