Wednesday, July 3, 2002 at 5:41 PM
Once you could spin your radio dial as you traveled across the country and catch the heartbeat of the nation on stations that barely reached the outskirts of town. From farm reports to garage bands to Native American news, these broadcasts told you where you were in America and gave you the flavor of local tastes and interests. Over the decades, low-power community radio stations have nearly disappeared. But in a few places, the old tradition is still going strong. For more than 50 years, WOBC in Oberlin has been incorporating community broadcasters into its free-form college format. 90.3 WCPN's Karen Schaefer has this report.