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Immediate Release: WCBN to Switch to Smooth Jazz/New Adult Contemporary Format

We know that our great listeners will stand by us during this transition.







For Immediate Release


Ann Arbor, MI

The University of Michigan’s student & community radio station, WCBN, broadcasting at 88.3 FM and online at has announced today that it will be changing formats from freeform music to New Adult Contemporary/Smooth Jazz.

“We would be foolish to ignore market data,” said General Manager James Griffiths, “we’ve been exploring options for a long time, and it looks like this change is all for the better.”  

WCBN, long known for experimental and “difficult” programming, is not concerned that listenership will be affected.  “We had our greatest fundraiser in history this year, and with all that excitement, we thought now was the time for change,” Publicity Director Karl Seibert stated in a release.  

Smooth Jazz, also called New Adult Contemporary, is a form of music derived from jazz fusion, R&B, funk, and pop.  The radio format has proven successful across the country, and management at WCBN hope that Southeast Michigan will react positively to the switch.

With this change comes the introduction of several new practices.  DJ Michael Newmeyer said, “One thing I’m really excited for is a playlist;” - the current freeform radio format allows DJs to choose whichever songs they want - “it’s always a struggle to pick songs, and now I just have a list and I double click stuff.”  Which refers to another change to the WCBN station - exclusively digital music.  

“Vinyl takes up space, it smells bad, and the quality is terrible,” said DJ Rob Goldey, “Digital is so much easier.”  DJ Fiona Clowney said, “I can never find what I want in the stacks, records are old and hard to read, and it seems like most of them are by Frank Zappa.”

The station's staff are looking forward to the change and believe that the listeners will love it.  “We have some of the greatest listeners in the world; with the change, we’ll probably lose a lot of them, but we hope we get new greatest listeners in the world," said Griffiths.  For more information, contact our Publicity Director at

Ann Arbor Film Festival: The Decline of Western Civilization I co-sponsored by WCBN


Penelope Spheeris: “The Decline of Western Civilization”

Documentary, Feature Length, Filmmaker in Attendance, Historic Film, Special Presentations

Penelope Spheeris’s cult documentary on the Los Angeles punk rock scene. Filmed throughout 1979 and 1980, Decline features concert footage of legendary Los Angeles punk bands Black Flag, Germs, X, Alice Bag Band, Circle Jerks, and Fear. Interviews with band members, the publishers of Slash fanzine, and with the punks who made up their audience offers a look into a subculture that was largely ignored by the rock music press of the time.

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)



WCBN is proud to present something special: Our new couch! Station members Josh Bay and James Griffiths carried this couch through tough conditions and over long distances to make it a new special addition to the CBN lobby. 

You are invited to stop by our lobby and sit on it sometime. We can assure that your tush will not be disappointed. 


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Thank you for donating during Fundraiser 2014!

Our ten-day fundraiser was our most successful ever! We surpassed our goal of $42,000. Everyone at the station is super-excited and hope y'all are too -- we had to stop ourselves from giddily running about the station in order to post this. Our new t-shirts have arrived and we'll be shipping them soon to paid pledgers. For those who pledged by check, we have mailed out a pledge letter to you. Just return it with your check and accept our heartfelt thanks!

Enema Squad live in the WCBN studio

Sean Westergaard brought special guests to the Friday night Funk show, What It Is! PFunk alumni and drummer Gabe Gonzales fronted the Enema Squad, featuring guitarist Piraña Head and others.Sounds a little like raw funk to me… check out slipstreamradio for more pictures and sound file.

Android App Now Available

WCBN now has an app for Android users!

Now you can listen wherever and whenever!

WCBN FREE Night at the Movies: Superstar

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 9:00pm

The film covers Karen Carpenter from the time of her "discovery" in 1966 to her untimely death by cardiac arrest (secondary to anorexia nervosa) in 1983. 


The film is told by barbie dolls.

Night of Noise: A WCBN tradition

Musicians and noisemakers alike had a great time during Friday's Night of Noise.

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