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WOCR 89.1, “The One” — Olivet’s Student-Led Radio Station

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Olivet College’s FCC-licensed and student-led radio station, WOCR 89.1, “The One,” first went on air in April of 1975. The station is currently run by Faculty Adviser Daine Pavloski, Station Manager Julia Bidelman and Assistant Manager Andy Sadler. Students have the opportunity to create a variety of content for the station including live radio shows, podcasts, social media posts, YouTube videos and more.

“Shooting False Realities”

Media production and communication (MPC) majors Julia Mellinger and Taylor Wilsey started the podcast “Shooting False Realities” last semester. On their podcast, they talk about things such as conspiracy theories, spooky stories and hauntings on campus. Julia said they started their podcast originally as a project for their Audio Production II class, but due to how much they enjoyed doing it, they decided to continue releasing episodes this semester. “We’d really love to grow and expand to gain a larger audience,” Julia added.

Taylor said her goal for “Shooting False Realities” this semester is to record and produce more than 10 episodes. “I’m looking forward to making more episodes and researching topics. I’m also looking forward to taking pictures for our social media and learning how to use it better and more professionally,” Taylor said.

“Foam Finger”

Junior Parker Brown, who is also an MPC major, started his podcast, “Foam Finger,” for WOCR last year. Parker’s podcast is a sports show where he interviews different coaches and athletes about their journey through the sport that they are passionate about.

“My biggest goal right now is to get some professional athletes like Joe Burrow, Dylan Larkin and Giannis Antetokoumpo on the show. Obviously, it takes a lot of work to get where I want to be, however, it’s all possible — it is just determined by the amount of work that you put in,” Parker said. He also added that one of the highlights of the podcast last semester was being able to get in contact with bigger schools like a Division I university in Louisiana and have their beach volleyball coach come on for an interview.

“The Musical Mitten”

“The Musical Mitten” is hosted by sophomores Breanne Bess and Maggie Berner. Their show highlights all things music from Michigan, including artists and songs. Their show originally started out as a radio show, but they will be changing it to a podcast this semester. “The goal of our show has always been to educate people on the diverse music culture in Michigan, and to open people’s eyes to new artists they may not have heard before. This hasn’t changed even as we transferred formats, but we wanted to make sure anyone would be able to listen to us and be open to new music. I’m looking forward to seeing how the show as a podcast will impact our reach, as well as being able to reach out to more artists and being able to hear their side of the story,” Maggie said.

Breanne added that one of the highlights of their show last semester was that they had the opportunity to release an exclusive, never-heard-before song by Beaux Felix who is an OC alumnus and is a part of the band “Red Stone Souls.” In October, Maggie also had the opportunity to travel to Ann Arbor to speak to the band “Verve Pipe,” known for their song “Freshman.”

Maggie expressed that she thinks WOCR is important because of how underrated radio is. “I think we, as young people, need to start realizing that talk radio isn’t just guys talking about politics and sports. It can be, but it can also be an amazing opportunity to reach a community in a fun and engaging way. Getting that experience with WOCR so early on in your college career really helps you to understand what goes on behind the scenes, and if you want to get into the industry or not, and that’s so valuable,” Maggie said.

While many students who are involved with WOCR are MPC majors, it is not required. Any student who has a passion for radio, audio production or podcasting is welcome to join the WOCR team. In addition to talk shows and podcasts, students also create live sports broadcasts, curate music playlists and much more on air. Listen to WOCR anytime at wocr891fm.com.

To learn more about Olivet College, contact the Office of Admission at 800-456-7189 or admissions@olivetcollege.edu.

This piece was written by Julia Bidelman, a senior majoring in media production and communication. She serves as an intern in the marketing and communications department and is especially interested in social media. After graduation, Julia plans to continue her work as a content creator, photographer and social media manager, and she hopes to work in the field of social media for a small business or nonprofit organization.

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