WOBO Coverage and History
This map displays the area is protected from interference from other stations under the present FCC rules. However, interference-free reception is not guaranteed at all locations within this contour. Local conditions, receiver quality, antenna etc., can influence reception.
Service does not stop at this contour line. In most cases, FM or TV stations can be received at locations well beyond the location of the mapped contour. As a result, WOBO provides serve to a substantially greater area than depicted by this contour. However, reception in in areas outside of this contour is not protected from interference caused by other authorized stations.
Contour map from Federal Communications Commission data.
is one of the most unique radio stations in the United States.
Located in Clermont County, just east of Cincinnati, Ohio, the
station went on the air as WCNE in the early 1970's, and was operated
by students of the Clermont Northeastern School District.
The broadcast day began at 8 AM and ended at 4 PM with its
signal relayed by a tiny transmitter to a 60-foot tower.
late 1979 the Clermont Northeastern Board of Education was faced with
diminished student interest, and a new requirement from the Federal
Communications Commission that all licensed stations must broadcast at
least 12 hours per day, 365 days a year.
At that time they appealed to the community for help in filling
the broadcast day with volunteers.
of individuals from the community responded.
They brought new ideas for programming, and a willingness to
volunteer their time and effort to build a community radio station.
After some initial training the volunteers commenced
broadcasting in January 1980. The
school district and its students continued to broadcast during normal
school hours, and the unpaid volunteers, now incorporated as WOBO-FM,
provided programming on weekdays, and a 24-hour per day operation on
next step in the story of WOBO was the renovation of a small brick
building located behind the Owensville Elementary School into a small
broadcast studio, leased to the group of volunteers. When completed,
the building provided a studio with room for only one person, and
furnished with "hand me down" equipment contributed by
several other radio stations. In
1986 the Clermont Northeastern Board of Education withdrew from the
operation, and Educational Community Radio, Inc. was incorporated to
undertake complete operation of WOBO.
new corporation was able to obtain Federal Communications Commission
approval to erect a 442 foot tower on land donated to the station by
Louis and Stirling Moore, and to increase the effective radiated power
to 15, 500 watts. WOBO now had access to over 1.5 million potential
listeners in the Tri-State
Southwestern Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeastern Indiana. The
studio remained in its tiny quarters until 1996 when WOBO moved its
operations to a new 2,000+ square foot facility on Half Acre Road
where the transmitter as located.
The new building, the tower, and all new replacement equipment
were furnished to WOBO by the contributions of thousands of listeners
in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Volunteers who have had previous
professional experience are impressed with the new facility, and the
state of the art broadcast equipment which delivers a true stereo
of WOBO is a labor of love for all of our volunteers, trustees, and
officers. Some of our
former volunteers have gone on to professional careers in
broadcasting, while others have gladly joined the WOBO staff after a
career in professional broadcasting.
Members of our staff come from all walks of life including
housewives, factory workers, lawyers, educators, farmers, engineers,
musicians, etc. They
elect the trustees and officers who operate the station without
The WOBO-FM story has been featured on NBC television, local television stations, ABC radio news, Ohio Magazine, and the Associated Press.
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