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Mark your calendars for Friday, May 26th– WDBX is hosting Member & Volunteer Appreciation Night at Brews Brothers Taproom in Murphysboro! This event is FREE, so come hang out with us! We’ll have door prizes, a 50/50 drawing, and live music from Fiddlerick & The Bourbon Boys, plus, meet our DJs and get your hands […]
Our friends at Merchop support WDBX with limited edition WDBX t-shirts! This design features a timely and applicable Romani proverb reminding us of the power of music and community. Get yours now at: http://merchop.com/shop/wdbx/limited-edition-wdbx-drive-shirt-go-where-there-is-music-shirt/ These shirts are not only good-looking, but directly benefit community radio with every sale!
WDBX now has archived programming, as part of our recent partnership with the Pacifica Radio Network. Feel free to catch your favorite programs at your leisure– most music programs are archived for two weeks following the original broadcast, and most talk programs are archived for 60 days. Visit http://archive.wdbx.org to get started listening! As the summer approaches, […]
Originally scheduled to last just three weeks, the WDBX Fall Friendship has now been extended, due to difficulties meeting our $16,000 goal. As of Thursday, September 15, pledged funds were at 32% of the goal; this is just over $5000 pledged. WDBX is your source for the best local music, news, and discussions in Southern […]
WDBX needs your help today during our Fall 2016 Friendship Drive! Our goal is $16,000 and we can’t reach it without our listener-supporters. Please call in today at 618-457-3691, or give online right here! You’re also welcome to simply bring in a check, cash, or money order– make it out to WDBX– and take a […]
During our Fall 2016 Friendship Drive, WDBX is once again teaming up with Merchop to offer a series of limited-edition (read: cool as all get-out!) t-shirts to help raise money for your favorite community radio station on the planet! This year’s featured designs include some super-hip raglan versions of our “groovy” design, and also– a […]
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Underwriters are businesses, individuals, or organizations that support the station through donations or in-kind trades and are acknowledged for their contributions with on-air announcements. Accounts for approximately 45% of the annual budget.
Generally, WDBX holds two membership drives per year. Accounts for approximately 43% of the annual budget.
Throughout the year, WDBX presents a number of fund-raising events. Accounts for approximately 7% of the annual budget.
The rest of our income comes from CCHS sports broadcasts, Community Shares of Illinois contributions and merchandise. Accounts for approximately 5% of the annual budget.
On a sunny, spring afternoon in 1992, Tom Egert drove home to Carbondale from St. Louis propelled by the sounds of reggae and salsa on his car radio. This enlivening musical mix broadcast by KDHX, St. Louis’ community radio station, brought Tom happily within 20 miles of his home before he’d driven out of range of the station. Scanning the local radio dial, he could find no comparable musical programming and in that moment of frustration the idea of creating an invigorating, culturally diverse, community radio station in southern Illinois was born.
Heterodyne Broadcasting Company, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization was founded and files the paperwork with the FCC to create a community radio station.
Gene Turk, Paul Runge, Tom Egert and Neil Dillard participate in a ground-breaking ceremony Tuesday at 224 N. Washington to initiate the construction of WDBX 91.1 FM.
The first Volunteer recruitment meetings were held February 6, 1996. Over 100 people attended the two meetings that day; from those, 40 completed training and began regular operations about two weeks later. At first the station was on the air from 4-10 p.m. daily and grew quickly from there.
Volunteers Beth Tryon and Ted Petith hold a Valentine Ball and auction at the Carbondale Civic Center to mark the station’s first anniversary and raise funds. The $10,000 raised was used to buy a broadcast-quality mixing console for the studio. The ball becomes an annual event.
WDBX launches an “Adopt a Watt” campaign to raise $60,000 to expand its coverage area by upgrading the broadcast signal.
Thanks to the efforts of our founder Tom Egert, the late US Senator Paul Simon, and the generous contributions of our listeners, we increased our broadcast power from 700 to 3,000 watts. WDBX now covers all of Jackson and Williamson counties, as well as most of Perry and Franklin, and parts of Union, Johnson and Saline counties. In all, our signal can reach over 100,000 southern Illinoisans.
With help from James Throgmorton, WDBX begins streaming live online.
The stations gets a major upgrade in the studio, with most of the remodeling done by DJ Mike Lescelius. (Pictured: David “Freakshow” Odum)
With key planning from Special Events Committee members Genie Schropp and Matt Decker, the first WDBX Summer Street Festival is held July 13. The day-long block-party style event featured live music from Wingtips, Burning Hotels, 7 Day Weekend, Skank, HighHorse, and The Flowers of Evil, as well as games and a DJ Dunk Booth. A unanimous decision makes this an annual event. (Pictured: Jason Ross, of “Gypsy Nation”)
Staff gathered to discuss the changing future of WDBX, helping to create a plan that would eventually culminate in a $32,000 “Save Our Station” pledge drive, reversing a downward trend at WDBX.
With the help of station volunteers Stan Drake and Darby McGrann, WDBX gets another major remodel, expanding the office into the music library to create a larger studio space. The new “Studio B” features upgraded equipment and more space for live musical guests.
In cooperation with the Hangar 9 and the City of Carbondale, WDBX hosts a live-DJ event for high schoolers. Live sets from ‘The Nocturntable,” “Style City,” and key planner Paris Siulua (“Labkids”) make for an amazing evening.
Currently, about 125 volunteers cover a broadcast schedule 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The schedule is a mirror of the diversity of our community, representing nearly every major American musical genre; international and ethnic music; and with an emerging section of local talk programming, local sports and more. (Pictured: “Isn’t It Queer” hosts Jonny Gray, Stacy Calvert and guest)