Notes From College Radio 3: Discovering WHRB and the Record Hospital
by Audio Train Wreck, DJ at WMWM 91.7 FM, Salem State University
She was a very funny and charismatic DJ with a flair for witty banter, self-deprecating humor, and a creative use of language. Allison's show was one of the best examples of freeform college radio ever. In addition to the typical Record Hospital music, she played children's songs, oldies, lesser known tunes from mainstream artists, found audio, avant-garde tracks, and so much more.
When I first stumbled upon her broadcasts, she was covering the Friday night (technically Saturday morning) time slot of midnight until 2:30 AM. With all of life's distractions, it took me a little while to catch her broadcasts on a regular basis, but I quickly became a loyal listener when she returned to the station in the fall of 2003.
Allison loved getting calls into her show and frequently gave thanks and shout-outs to listeners who took the time to pick up the phone. After a few schedule changes over the years, she ultimately landed on the Record Hospital's now defunct time slot of Sunday night (technically Monday morning) from midnight until 2 AM. Her last regularly scheduled show was on April 25, 2005, but she did return to the station a couple of times in October of that year to fill in for a vacationing DJ Dinos, whose long-running program, Our Little Rendezvous, was on Tuesday nights from 10 PM until midnight.
Allison was the first Record Hospital DJ to catch my attention and her great broadcasts motivated me to listen to the station more often.