Dan Mushalko

General Manager, Operations & Program Director, Host, Alpha Geek

A failed experiment of alien cloning at the Air Force's top secret research base. Area 50. Dan was born to a military family in 1958, and again in 1959. As a toddler, he completely trashed the base looking for "Star Trek" toys (he could not accept the fact that the popular sci-fi show would not be created for another 7 years). The air force immediately moved to a new base. Area 51. Leaving Dan behind in the desert.

Undaunted, he followed his family from base to base for the next 18 years. He maintained an illusion of normality until his babysitter (Chuck Yeager's daughter) began putting him to bed by reading "Night Gallery" horror stories. Dan's mind was permanently warped, so a career in radio was the only possible professional path. Having conquered stations from Atlantic city to Columbus, he is now recruiting minions for an eventual world take over.

Ways to Connect

John and Dan (a true fanboy) enjoy the origin story of young Han Solo.

 By now, you’ve probably heard about the proposed 2018 Federal budget – and its elimination of funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).  It’s been all over the news today.

This note isn’t meant to be political.  My purpose isn’t to criticize or cajole…to kindle contempt or commendation.  It’s purely to inform.

2015 SAS Report

Feb 18, 2016

1. Describe your overall goals and approach to address identified community issues, needs, and interests through your station’s vital local services, such as multiplatform long and short-form content, digital and in-person engagement, education services, community information, partnership support, and other activities, and audiences you reached or new audiences you engaged.

With the heaviest of hearts, we must share news of a deep loss in the WCBE family.  Our beloved Wayne Self passed away early this week.

We’re trying a new experiment for the Fall fund drive: shaving off a day for every $25,000 raised by midnight this Wednesday night (10/15).  And you’ve already shaved one day!

Our fund drives run nine days.  Fall’s is scheduled to roll from Thursday, 10/16 through Friday, 10/24.  Thanks to listeners like you who’ve made early donations, though, we can shave off Thursday.  The fund drive will now run Friday to Friday.  UNLESS…

It's finally complete.  Our big Spring on-air fund drive came to a close at 7pm on Friday, April 11.

Perhaps complete isn't the correct word; we truly do need to raise a full $258,000 before our fiscal year comes to a close.  Thanks to the 1,400 dedicated listeners who donated during our fundraiser, we raised a remarkable $183,915.  That leaves $74,085 yet to earn before the fund drive is truly complete.

There are a lot of myths about public radio.  Big mahogany desks.  Limousines.  Gold-plated microphones.  None of these are here at WCBE.  In an effort to correct these myths, WCBE has produced this series of our fiscal facts and foibles to set the record straight.


We're back in Newark!  After years of searching, researching, and wrangling, WCBE is on the air in the Newark/Granville area once again.  Our return required a frequency move:  we're now broadcasting there at 106.3 FM.

The geography of the area blocks our main frequency of 90.5 FM.  When we had to power down several years ago due to interference with a new rock station in Columbus, listeners in that "blacked-out" region could no longer tune in to our dulcet tones and tunes.  We're persistent broadcast buggers, though, and we've kept working at the issue ever since.

Victor Habbick

Here it is:  a brand new year -- 2013.

I take Thanksgiving seriously.  The holiday has a very special meaning -- one of a precious few that puts our focus outward.  Even as we look inward to reflect on all the good things that have entered our lives, we center on the external sources of that goodness:  on friends, on family, on community.  It's the one time of year we acknowledge that we can't make it in the world by ourselves...that the best things in life come from others.

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!

Hello, listeners!

Due to recent developments, WCBE will no longer be broadcasting at our former 106.7 FM, Newark signal. At this time, we are trying to acquire another frequency in this area. By mid-October,  we hope to hear whether or not our licenses both in Newark and Columbus are renewed.

 Hills Market
Hills Market

Every Wednesday a guest bartender joins us on The Hills Market Veranda to help support a charity or organization of his or her choice. Stop in for wine, beer and $7.99 large one-topping pizzas. Proceeds from the sale of all pizzas between 6 and 8:30 p.m. will be donated to the bartender’s chosen charity; in this case - WCBE. No reservations are required.

This week's bartender is Dan Mushalko representing WCBE!