Classic Rockers Return to Otterbein Campus Radio Station

Posted Jan 26, 2021

By Felicity Boykin ’24

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Evan Brandao ’21 in the WOBN studio

Senior Evan Brandao might have been born in the wrong decade. He owns a 1963 Chevrolet, enjoys FM radio, and loves ’60s rock and roll.

The communication studies major who came to Otterbein via Brazil and Texas has made a name for himself by spontaneously contacting rock-and-roll legends to interview for his WOBN-FM campus radio show. Brandao has dubbed his show The Boulevard and he’s on the air Thursdays at 8 p.m.

“I sent over 100 letters and e-mails to artists in the rock-music industry hoping to interview one on my show,” Brandao said. “Little did I know I would get an overwhelming response.”

Among the legends Brandao has interviewed are Huey Lewis (Huey Lewis and the News), Jim Messina (Loggins and Messina), Tommy James (Tommy James and the Shondells), Gary Pihl (Boston), and members of Great White, Grand Funk Railroad, Nazareth, and more.

Brandao’s dad was a disco deejay in the ’70s and Brandao found himself wanting to continue his dad’s love for vinyl.

“People often tell me I should’ve been born in 1955,” Brandao said, “I think it is best to express myself. Since I have found something I really enjoy I am going to continue with it.”

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Brandao (right) with Tommy James

Brandao, a member of Kings fraternity, took the reins of his own radio show after a chance conversation and urging by his communication adviser, Denise Shively. Soon after, WOBN Adviser Eric Jones mentored Brandao, giving him instruction and room to grow.

“We appreciate having Evan on WOBN, Jones said. “He not only features great guests, but the advice they give him is full of wise and inspirational advice about life success.”

Brandao has also interviewed a slew of CEOs and industry leaders from throughout Columbus.

Being open to new opportunities comes naturally to Brandao. He recommends students should explore opportunities and pursue them. “If people turn you down for something that’s okay,” Brandao said. “It is fascinating what experiences you can get into.”

Once trained, any student of any major can host a show on WOBN-FM, campus radio. For more information contact