Check out A Little History of our Fundraiser

WCBN would be nothing without the donations of our listeners. Your generosity allows us to continue playing what we want on air, which is an increasingly rare and special privilege to have. Nobody knows this better than our Chief Engineer, Jim Campbell. Jim becoming our engineer was fate hard at work: “Ever since I got out of college I have listened and done a donation every year - 11 years ago I rode my bike down here and asked to talk to the station engineer, to which they responded “we don’t have one,” and that's how I got my start here at WCBN.” Bringing him on board came at the expense of the budget that WCBN used to receive from the university, so every single dime that he has spent has come from our fundraising. Everyone involved with WCBN, whether listening or creating, should consider themselves lucky that Jim hopped on his bike 11 years ago, because ever since he has relentlessly improved our station operations using your fundraiser dollars.

(See Image 1)

Our new transmitter was quite possibly our largest project since Jim has come aboard. In three years, $80,000, all from fundraisers, were spent to extend the boundaries of our programming to Saline, Dexter, Chelsea, and up to Whitmore Lake, allowing more people than ever to free their minds with freeform radio from WCBN.

(See Figure 2 for images of our transmitter and our new range!) 

Another recent purchase of note is our new board in Production Room A! Aside from the noticeable improvement in quality that the board gives our DJs, it also opens our recording capabilities to many more microphones which we did not have the ability to do before. This board is great for podcasts and talk shows, and our DJs can’t wait to use it once we are able to get back down to the station.

(Take a look at the board below, figure 3) 

Fundraiser has also allowed us to continue broadcasting during COVID times. Jim was able to create the robot pictured below, which receives pre-recorded and live-from-home broadcasts from our DJs and broadcasts them over the air. Without our fundraiser, we would not be able to air any content at all during the pandemic!

(Robot pictured in figure 4)

I cannot go without mentioning that our entire music library, which is just about infinite, comes from--you guessed it--fundraiser dollars. Donations have allowed our DJs to explore, discover, and expand their tastes and for our listeners to do the same! We pride ourselves on the variety of content that we put out, which is only made possible by donors like yourselves.

These are just a few of countless ways that fundraising has improved our station. Our 2021 fundraiser goes from February 19th to February 28th. If you are able, we would greatly appreciate a donation; your generosity allows us to keep doing what we love and allows for you to keep listening! To keep freeform radio on the air, visit wcbn.org and click the “Donate” tab at the top of the site. WCBN cannot thank you enough!


The WCBN Robot! (Figure 4)

Our pride and joy in 2020, this little thing allows us to do what we do from home! 

Liminal Drifter: Connected (album review by Christa V.)

This music could probably best be described as a sort of “ambient electronica.” It would be excellent for speaking over with its chill beats that build and fallover the course of a single track, without ever getting overly intense or very melodic. Some songs are rather groovy and upbeat, like “This Is from Earth” or “Sheep Radio.” A couple tracks make use of diverse sources through the distorted vocals on “Happy Garden of Life” or the baby crying in “Braxton.”Best track is probably the opener though, it definitely showcases the distinctive chill vibes of Liminal Drifter in the most optimal way. Favorite tracks: 1, 3, 6

Zoe Sky Jordan: Scenes from Infinity, Pt. 1 (EP review by Christa V.)

Jordan is the child of the Canadian musicians Marc Jordan and Amy Sky, whose music I am unfamiliar with but might be an interesting addition to a show to include her parents. She has a really relaxed and chill sound that creates a very distinctive atmosphere. Her vocals and harmonization are gorgeous, and the lyrics are poetic and haunting. It’s a short EP, so even though a lot of it can sound similar, I don’t really hold that against her. Favorite tracks: 1 and 3

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