Featured DJ: Marisa Adame


Marisa Adame​

Sophomore Theatre/Dance & Communication Studies Double Major

About Marisa’s Show:​

“Marisa’s Mixtapes” 4 PM Mondays
Mixtapes made to a theme each week. The theme can be by era, topic, emotion, or even by general vibes.

What made you want to become a WOO 91 DJ?
I’ve always loved learning more about artists and musicians and I like the thought of promoting some really talented people that deserve some good exposure.

How has being a WOO 91 DJ impacted your Wooster experience?
Being a WOO91 DJ has given me great opportunities to meet new people, brush up on my improvisational skills, work on my articulation, gain confidence with creating a broadcast and sharing it on the air, and it’s a great way to relax after a long day of classes!

What are you listening to right now?
I’m always in love with Bear Hands; I’m currently obsessed with Tennis, Hundred Waters, and Here We Go Magic; and I’m heavily revisiting my U2 phase.

What We’re Up To: Advancing Woo 91 into the Digital Age

by Music Director Sam Corman Penzel

From an outsider’s perspective, Woo 91’s campus presence exists solely in the corner of the Wired Scot, directly on the beaten path of the Wooster student. Turn the clock back two years, however, and those involved with the the College of Wooster’s premiere radio station would receive outright stupor upon telling fellow students that the college had a student-run radio station. Now unavoidable to the uninquisitive eye upon moving to Lowry from its secluded digs in the Wishart bloc in 2013, the station has gained substantial exposure and subsequent interest from the student body. New DJ enrollment in the radio seminar has grown substantially over the course of the school year, adding roughly thirty students to the already impressive roster of veteran jockeys. As this number continues to grow, and recruiting efforts are strengthened by way of station promotion and a solid management core, it is of interest to both those involved with Woo 91 and to those wondering about the inner machinations of the station to elaborate on what one of the key parts of the management staff has concerned themselves with of late.

Myself, Brendan Youngquist (’16), and Eric Tonian (’15) are the residing music directors of the illustrious Woo 91. Eric, with his natural knack for communicating with record labels and micro-managing new releases, has eased easily into piloting the position of reviewing incoming submissions and keeping in good graces with the music distributors that have chosen to ally with the station. Brendan, recently returned from an enlightening semester studying philosophy in India, has been quick to assume the mantle of music-directorship. In addition to reviewing some new releases, he has joined me in my pursuit of tackling the near-fathomless mass of relic CDs leftover from Woo 91’s transit to Lowry’s underbelly. This point is worth elaborating on as this task, when completed, will achieve the intended effect of catapulting our beloved station into the digital age.

During the station’s move, its substantial collection of CDs was packed up, saran-wrapped into oblivion, and forced to hibernate in the service center until further notice. That notice came at the beginning of this school year when diligent members of WCWS’s management team painstakingly transported them a treacherous 500 feet to the basement of a nearby campus program house. Throughout last semester, members of the management staff worked to chip away at a task that many deemed, “impossible”. Music director Eric Tonian was quoted as saying, “This sucks, bruh”, on multiple occasions. Frustrations built and tensions were high as fall semester came to a close.

As the gears begin to turn in the radio machine this spring, I can proudly proclaim that the newfound energy that Brendan and other members of not only management but also the DJ body as a whole have brought to this arduous process have begun to prove it surmountable. With the help of our dear leader Warner Brownfield (’16) and diligent volunteer and DJ Kito Ashbey (’17), the music directors managed to plow through three cases (approx. 200 CDs) in a mere two hours, discarding many and keeping few. Our state-of-the-art sorting process refined and refreshed upon the burgeoning of a new semester, the coming months will see the music directors and any DJ with an ear for air-friendly music deliver the killing blow to the immense pile of old CDs. Once completed, the albums that have been selected for airplay will be downloaded to the station’s new computer system, providing all Woo 91 DJ’s with a more human alternative to our current automated DJ, DJ Quebbie. We are not there yet, but Woo 91’s devotion to quality programming and content combined with the resilience of both management and the DJ community will surely see a victory for good taste and technological advancement.

Featured DJ: Chelsea Frey


Chelsea Frey

Senior English and Philosophy Double Major

About their show:​

Sad Songs & Stuff / Monday nights from 10-11

I play sad songs. I try to base each show on a theme (unrequited love, the moon, dancing, nostalgia) and I’ll usually start off the hour with a poem or quote (the ‘Stuff’ portion of my show). It’s getting harder to find new sad songs that are to my liking and fit a certain theme, so the ‘Stuff’ side of things may be open to interpretation in the future. Perhaps a moderately happy song or two will sneak in.​

What made you want to become a WOO 91 DJ?
I like music, and the notion of creating a show that could be whatever I desired was attractive to me. But honestly, a friend asked me if I wanted to do the tutorial with her and I said yes.

How has being a WOO 91 DJ impacted your Wooster experience?
I get to see more people via the station’s location in the Wired Scot.

Do you have a tagline/catchphrase for your show?
“Come be sad with me”

What are you listening to right now?
Marika Hackman’s new album We Slept at Last (specifically the sound of the ‘k’ in ‘neck’ in the beginning of her song “Skin”), Father John Misty’s new album I Love You, Honeybear, The Weather Station’s “Running Around Asking,” and The Shiver’s “L.I.E.”

Featured DJ: Eric Tonian


Eric Tonian

Senior Economics major, Philosophy minor

About Eric’s shows:​

[The] NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW [Show], Mondays from 8-9PM
Classical Café, Mondays and Wednesdays from 12-1PM

For [The] NEW…NEW [Show], I play the most recent releases provided to our station by independent artists, indie record labels and promo groups. The music is mostly centered around the genres of rock, electronic, or general experimental but the styles and sounds vary widely.
For Classical Café, I play anything from Classical era sonatas and Romantic era etudes to modern jazz and contemporary film scores.

What made you want to become a WOO 91 DJ?

Fame, fortune, and power.

How has being a WOO 91 DJ impacted your Wooster experience?
I am now famous, rich, and powerful. I also have been able to make a lot of great connections with music labels and promo groups, which is cool I guess if I want a job in the future.

Do you have a tagline/catchphrase for your show?

My official tagline is the station ID we are required by law to say every hour.

What are you listening to right now?

Les Sins – “Michael”, Ford and Lopatin – “Channel Pressure”, FKA Twigs – “LP1″, Jóhann Jóhannsson – “The Theory of Everything [OST]”, and QT – “Hey QT”

Featured DJ: Bosslady Dempsey J. Simonis

DJS Summer

Dempsey J. Simonis / Bosslady​

Senior Biochemistry and Molecular Biology​ Major

About her show:​

“But Bosslady What did I do?”/ Sunday 4-6pm​

​Woo91’s But Bosslady What Did I Do? features hit new music from all genres with Host The Bosslady (Dempsey Simonis) and 2014-2015 co-host understudy DJ Monae (Ariell Miller). The show includes live random banter, word of the week, and a summery of current event at the College and National news. Live from Wooster, Ohio and iHeartRadio WCWS FM 90.9 FM.     ​

What made you want to become a WOO 91 DJ?

​ While in high school at Fountain Valley, I complete a senior project, doing a year long radio show. While at the College I wanted to continue my involvement in media and communications, while reaching a wider audience and a professional level. ​WOO 91 provide proper  training and platform.

How has being a WOO 91 DJ impacted your Wooster experience?

​I am more in touch with both the College and local community. This experience had enhanced my communication and public speaking skills.​

Do you have a tagline/catchphrase for your show?

But Bosslady what did I do?

What are you listening to right now?

​Hozier, J. Cole, Kayne West ft. Paul Mccartney, Goldfold … The entirety of the Rich Gang/YMCMB

From The WOO 91 Music Library Archives

by Brendan Youngquist, WCWS Music Director


They Were Wrong, So We Drowned
by Liars

I first heard about Liars a few years back, as one of about a hundred artists featured in my favorite article Rolling Stone ever published (look up “Indie Rock Universe”). They were grouped as part of the celestial body titled “Spazmodica”, with the subtitle “Turn and face the strange–––interstellar wierdos fly high”. Now that I have actually listened to them, after stumbling upon their debut record, They Were Wrong, So We Drowned, in our archives, I see why they would have been described as “spastic” and “chaotic”, but I also hear much more. This is an extremely honest record by a striking and challenging group, which will simultaneously give rise to intrigue as well as aversion. If moved to describe their sound in terms of genre, I would be limited to the words “minimalist techno-punk”, but the magic in this record comes from its sheer radical (some might say “barbaric”) honesty. Moments which might in another context be called “angsty” here instead confront and overwhelm the listener with powerful animalism. From its elusive tribal-acid drum samples, to its spontaneous releases of distorted noise, to its ranting punk chants, Liars certainly present with this record something of a challenge, but a rewarding one at that. If you’re looking for music by a group of honest artists, give this record a shot. Key tracks: “If You’re A Wizard Then Why Do You Wear Glasses?” and “Read The Book That Wrote Itself”.

Listen on Spotify:





From St. Petersburg With Love
by Julia Vorontsova

From St. Petersburg With Love is an ample package of 24 dark and sparse serenades from Russian songwriter and world-traveler Julia Vorontsova. Throw this on some cloudy morning, and quietly fall into a spell of cold and yet touching indifference, of a depth with which no amount of window-gazing and cigarrette smoking can keep up. The record is sung primarily in Russian, and I almost don’t want to know what she’s saying———it only adds to the viel of eastern European mystery shrouding these moody tunes.

Listen on Spotify:


“Indie Rock Universe” – Rolling Stone

 Music To Listen To

Hello friends and strangers! We here at the station have decided to try and update our site with regular blog postings. My fellow music directors (Sam Corman Penzel and Brendan Youngquist) and I will be trying our best to provide all of you with a new music related post every week. This post is the first one of the series so I hope you enjoy. Also make sure to look for a new post next week.


The Newest and Grooviest Music of 2015 (and late-late-2014)

POND- “Man, It Feels Like Space Again”

A collective out of Perth, POND is back with their sixth LP in six years and it is just as psychedelic as you would expect it to be. With a significant number of POND’s members also being involved with Tame Impala, the new album “Man, It Feels Like Space Again” drips with drug-influenced Australian rock and has enough reverb and filter effects to soften the brain of any average human. You should definitely give this album a listen if you have had more than one day in your life dedicated to listening to The Flaming Lips and/or Tame Impala on repeat. If you’re still not sure if this album is for you, check out the song below and this music video for “Zond”: http://youtu.be/HNnd-gl_U4w

Aphex Twin – “Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP”

After a 13 year break from producing studio albums, the ever enigmatic Richard David James dropped “Syro” on us last fall. It certainly garnered quite a bit of attention, exciting both the Aphex Twin cultists and those relatively unexposed to the small world of acid techno. Keeping the hype strong, Aphex Twin has released a new extended play, the title of which explains its background; the sounds of the EP are made by acoustic instruments played by robots, which are (reportedly) created and controlled by James himself. While I am sure I could write an essay or two about the musical implications of this EP, I would rather you come to your own realizations so I encourage you to give a listen to the track below.

Beacon – “L1”

Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Beacon is an electronic duo with a new EP out titled “L1”. Its tracks are ethereal and calming with a rhythm forceful enough to make you sway your head a bit as your mind drifts into a much needed catatonic state. Think ‘Thom Yorke making some solo tracks late at night, sitting in his quaint Oxford pad, influenced primarily by sleep deprivation and a little bit by alcohol and/or GHB’. While I don’t know if that image will help you, a quick listen to the track below may be of better assistance.


Rooms Trio Tonight

Tune in to Platonic Lethargy from 6-8 tonight to hear the Chicago instrumental jazz trio Rooms interview and play a live session on WOO 91.


Rooms Trio

WOO 91’s College Radio Day Celebration

Today, WOO 91 will be celebrating College Radio Day on the College of Wooster campus. Although the national holiday is not until October third, we will be leaving for Fall break at the time, so we decided to jump the gun and celebrate college radio with Wooster’s homecoming weekend!

There will be live music provided by Sedna’s Not Alone, Chelsea Frey, DJ Vudu and the Medicine Man, and Gabe Dale-Gau as well as free food and a great atmosphere.

Hope to see you all at the Lowry Amphitheater tonight from 5-8:30!

Check out the Facebook event too!



New Radio Seminar!

The fall seminar in radio started today, with a fantastic 21 students ready to learn the radio ropes. Led by WOO 91 advisor John Finn, this 6 session class will prepare and ultimately certify each participant to be a DJ here on WOO 91. Each student will also be mentored by a member of our management staff in order to get some hands-on practice in the studio.

We can’t wait to see the new ideas and passions these students bring to our station!