On Saturday, January 30 from 8 P.M. to 8 A.M., WRBC 91.5, Bates’ student-run radio station, is hosting its annual all-night trivia night. Named one of the top college radio stations by The Princeton Review, WRBC has a firm position in the Bates and Lewiston/Auburn community. Written on the walls of the DJ booth are the signatures and thoughts of jockeys dating back 20 years, providing snapshots of music history.
For this all-night event, students compete as teams, calling into the station to guess the names of songs and artists, in addition to performing a physical challenge every hour. Many of the call-in questions are open to interpretation—points are awarded for creativity.
Jordana Gluckow ’16, Treasurer and Board Member of WRBC, noted that trivia night is a “survival of the fittest” kind of event. “Every year we have a solid number of groups standing at 8 am the next day,” Gluckow said.
In addition to providing events like trivia night and Bates’ annual rave, last year WRBC released an interview with Clayton Spencer, and this fall, recorded the forum reacting to the elimination of Trick-or-Drink. The forum can be found on WRBC’s website.
In the spring of 2014, WRBC also hosted Block Party with the Chase Hall Committee and the DJ Society. This year, however, WRBC has dedicated much of its funds toward improving the station, rather than hosting a number of different concerts.
Given a larger budget, Gluckow said she would bring better concerts and events to Bates and invest more in digitizing the station by making WRBC’s music collection accessible from the station’s computer.
“For the Bates community, WRBC is about providing a fun space to chill out or play music,” Gluckow said. “I know people who did their radio from 4-6 AM in the morning, and every morning once a week the person who worked at the tollbooth would call in. Making those sorts of bridges is really cool.”
WRBC has roots in the larger Lewiston-Auburn community, bringing in many local DJs such as Music Director Bill Morse and Hunter Wilbur, a blind youth DJ who was profiled in The Sun Journal for his work with WRBC.
“One thing that makes WRBC really cool is that we have a group of community DJs who have been really long standing and come in weekly to do their shows,” Gluckow said. “It’s rare to have a club on campus that is connected to the community in that way because over the summer when students aren’t here they take the helm and fill up our air time. It’s cool to have people like that who understand the history [of WRBC] and are a part of the fabric of the station.”
Working at WRBC has provided Gluckow with professional radio experience, opening doors to opportunities such as communicating with the Federal Communications Commission.
Along with Gluckow, the WRBC board consists of General Manager Lauren Piccirillo, Publicity Director Emma Lutz, who’s responsible for sending out the station’s schedule and creating publicity for the station’s events, Tech Director Alfred Russo, who makes sure the stations equipment is working and up to date, Concert Director Adam Ellerton, who’s responsible for contacting artists’ management, Programming Director Linnea Brotz who is responsible for creating the schedule and enforcing rules and World Music Director and Summer Manager Neil Bement.
“We have a really tightly knit board, and we also have a group of phenomenal interns who will eventually replace the WRBC board members when they graduate… so it’s really a team effort in that sense,” Gluckow said.