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ABOUT WDBX

Our Mission
WDBX provides a public forum for artistic and cultural expression and for the exchange of ideas among individuals and the community.

Our License

WDBX (as Heterodyne Broadcasting) has a non-commercial, educational FM license. It is incorporated as a not-for-profit, Community Radio station, and has 501c3 nonprofit, tax-exempt status. At 3,000 watts, WDBX reaches listeners for 25-40 miles around Carbondale and somewhere in the neighborhood of 125,000 southern Illinoisans live within our broadcast area. We reach all of Jackson and Williamson counties, as well as parts of Perry, Franklin, Johnson, Saline, and Union counties.

What Is Community Radio?

Community radio means many things to many people. In much the same way that a neighborhood park is characterized by those who use it, community radio is created by those who participate with it—as listeners, or as volunteers. At its best, community radio benefits and strengthens the community around it by providing local, participatory media opportunities to the community.
WDBX involves its volunteers in nearly every aspect of its daily operations. While there are numerous ways for volunteers to work behind the scenes, it is the opportunity to go on the air as a volunteer DJ that is, perhaps, the most outstanding feature of volunteer involvement at WDBX. Your neighbors — artists and farmers, entrepreneurs and educators, elders and youth alike– have come forward to play the music, tell the stories, engage in the debates and air the concerns that give our lives meaning and the community its life. Very few come with any radio or broadcast experience. If you are interested to volunteer, WDBX will train you in the operation of its equipment and in the organizational skills necessary to become a WDBX DJ, or assist you in finding an opportunity off-air if you should wish.

AIRPLAY

Music submissions from artists, bands, and labels are accepted for potential airplay and review on an open basis. Physical copies in a radio-ready format are preferred, though digital downloads of Full-length submissions of Creative Commons and netlabel material will also be accepted via email at musicdirector@wdbx.org –Please send download links, do not e-mail mp3 files. We accept releases in all physical formats, including cassette and vinyl. WDBX encourages submissions in all genres– surprise us! Mail all music submissions to:

WDBX-FM
ATTN: Music Director
224 N. Washington St.
Carbondale IL 62901 USA

If you’d like to follow up about your submission, please allow time for processing, and then e-mail musicdirector@wdbx.org to contact our Music Director. If you wish to send additional copies of releases for specific programs, please substitute “ATTN: PROGRAM NAME” in the address.

CONTACT

WDBX
224 N. Washington St.
Carbondale IL 62901

Studio Phone: 618-457-3691
Office Phone: 618-529-5900
General Inquiries: info@wdbx.org
Underwriting: underwriting@wdbx.org
Music Director: musicdirector@wdbx.org
Donations: donate@wdbx.org
Volunteering: volunteer@wdbx.org

LEADERSHIP

WDBX is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors, two of which are permanent members of the Heterodyne Broadcasting Company, and five are elected or appointed for a two-year term at the discretion of the Heterodyne Broadcasting Company Board. The Station Manager is responsible to and appointed by the Heterodyne Broadcasting Company.

The WDBX Board of Directors:

Tim Damian
Tom Egert (Ex-officio)
Navreet Kang*
Alex Paull
Jason Shoot (Chairman)
Joe Swank
Gene Turk*
Greg Wharton

The Heterodyne Broadcasting Company Board of Directors:

Tom Egert
Navreet Kang
Gene Turk

* denotes permanent WDBX Board Member

WDBX Station Manager: Dave Armstrong

UNDERWRITERS

Support the underwriters who support community radio in Southern Illinois! If you are interested in learning more about becoming an underwriter, please contact underwriting@wdbx.org

VOLUNTEERING

WDBX is volunteer-driven! Volunteer positions on and off-air are available, and training is provided. When you volunteer with WDBX, you join over 100 enthusiastic, community-minded and active individuals who make our community amazing. Download a volunteer application now, or stop by the station to pick one up!

Special Events
Works to organize major and minor WDBX events throughout the year, such as merchandise tables, spin parties, concerts, and the Summer Street Festival. The Special Events committee works with the Web/Social Media and Street Team to coordinate promotion of these events.

Programming
Works with the Music Director and Genre Coordinators to create and maintain the WDBX Station Library. Programming helps fine-tune our station sound, and advises  the station manager about specialty shows.

Facilities
Helps schedule cleaning, upkeep, and maintenance of the station and equipment—including studio design, and repair. Facilities committee members are also responsible for the overall look of the station, inside and out.

Web/Social Media
This committee works closely with Special Events and the Station Manager to promote general awareness of WDBX online, as well as helping to bring out the crowds for WDBX Live Events! Members will also have input and responsibility for the WDBX website, videos, podcasts, and streaming services. A final important function of this committee is to gather photos, video, and articles about WDBX from the web, for inclusion in WDBX archives. The Web/Social Media committee has input in decisions about online marketing of the station.

Street Team
The Street Team gets flyers, event posters, stickers, print calendars, and more out to businesses and individuals in our region. The Street Team is an important part of every event, and works in coordination with Special Events. The Street Team has input in decisions about outward marketing of the station in physical spaces.