Membership News


UPDATE: 10/17/12 @7pm
The drive is now over and we still need $48,129.50 in listener donations. Check back soon to hear how this shortfall will affect WCBE listeners.



WCBE’s fall fund drive is almost over, and if you haven’t made a donation yet - what are you waiting for? You’re probably busy driving home from work, making dinner, or working out and are telling yourself “you’ll donate, but later”.

WCBE has a timely solution for you.

WCBE stays on the air and remains a strong voice in the central Ohio community when listeners pay for the programs they listen to. Our fall fundraiser comes to an end in just two days and if you haven’t given yet, it’s important that you give now because its listener support that makes everything we do possible.

This contest has closed. Thank you.

Winners will be notified by phone and email on October 24. Packages will be ready for pickup at WCBE on October 30, 2012

Millard Draudt

We LOVE this public radio rap uploaded to you tube by cadamole (featuring J. Sullivan)! And, these comics designed especially for WCBE by local comic, Millard Draudt.

A Letter From Our GM

Oct 13, 2012

Since 1956, WCBE has served the central Ohio community with quality public radio programming: world, national and local news, diverse music, and a variety of other shows that entertain, inform, and keep you in touch with the world around you. (View a video of our history.)

WCBE keeps you connected!

As listenership grows, so does WCBE’s membership base. Every listener plays an important role in WCBE’s success and we’d like to keep in touch with you.

If ever given a gift to WCBE, then you’re in our database. This week (10/11-10/17/12), you can help us reach our goal by going online to and updating your member profile through our newly released member portal. 

This morning until 9am, Chornyak & Associates challenges you to make a donation in support of WCBE for the fall fund drive!  And when you do, Chornyak & Associates will match your donation, dollar for dollar. That means $25 turns into $50; a $100 contribution turns into $200. Don’t wait to make your pledge of support to WCBE; take advantage of this matching opportunity now! Call now (614) 365-5711 and thanks!

"We believe that WCBE provides balanced and in-depth news and programming that greatly enhances life's enjoyment and fulfillment, and that contributing toward the on-going success and growth of this NPR channel will provide a meaningful and long-term benefit to Chornyak & Associates and our clients. Therefore, we are pleased to support WCBE in honor of our clients, which provides a genuine and meaningful return-on-investment for them and our community at-large."

~ Joseph Chornyak Sr., Managing Partner at Chornyak & Associates

'CBE Special Blend
Vanessa Prentice

There are many things you can trust will happen each day.  There will be chores to do, places to go, calls to make, and meals to enjoy. While you’re going about your life, you want to know what is happening in the world around you.

When it comes to keeping up with your world and community, WCBE 90.5FM is your trusted source! You know when you tune in everyday; you can count on receiving up to the minute news, interesting perspectives from around the world, and music you enjoy.

What motivates this kind of coverage?  Your trust.  And what makes it possible?  Your gift of financial support.

For 56 years, WCBE has served the central Ohio community with quality public radio programming: world, national and local news, diverse music, and a variety of other shows that entertain, inform, and keep you in touch with the world around you.

We invite you to help grow and sustain our cultural and educational landscape through a donation to The WCBE Fund. Our fall fund drive begins today.  It’s an opportunity to speak directly to listeners about WCBE and our mission to be your trusted source for all things public radio.  Like you, we want to get back to normal programming as quickly as possible.  Your gift of  $90.50, $150, $365, or any amount you can provide will help WCBE 90.5FM get that much closer to the goal of finishing the drive successfully and returning to the trusted, uninterrupted, music and news you count on.

Undecided VIP Membership
Undecided VIP Members may choose to redeem their VIP membership at any time during the next year.

It’s that time again when we request your wonderful enthusiasm for WCBE’s Fall 2012 Membership Campaign! The membership drive is scheduled for Thursday, October 11th - Wednesday, October 17th, 2012.

Please take a look at the shift schedule below. The number in parentheses is the number of individuals needed for that specific shift. When submitting your requested dates, please note the following:

1. List your preferred shifts in order of preference.
2. Indicate how many shifts you are willing to work.


Two "Best of's" in one year, we're flattered! Recently, WCBE received word we took home a title in the Other Paper's This, That or The Other Poll. The category was Best of Columbus: Media.

Heather Maroon

The votes from our "Help Us Choose" Facebook poll have been tallied!


WCBE is excited to offer our VIP members a chance to attend the following sponsored concerts:

Columbus Monthly Readers' Poll 2012
Columbus Monthly

Thanks WCBE 90.5 FM listeners and Columbus Monthly Magazine readers for voting us BEST PUBLIC RADIO STATION in the CM Best of Poll! Here are the results.

WCBE completed our spring membership drive which fell behind goal. If you donated, THANK YOU!

If you missed your chance to support the news and eclectic music, please consider helping us raise the remaining $80,000 needed by June 15th to pay for the programs you love to listen to.

You can donate online at anytime…and thanks in advance for doing your part to support independent public radio.