The Doobie began as an AM “carrier current” radio station, broadcasting as WDUB, on November 12, 1953 at 7 am with the Star Spangled Banner. Broadcasting ceased for a brief period of time in the 1960s, while the building that had housed its studios was being replaced. In 1969 the FCC authorized the Doobie to return to the air with a 10-watt signal at 90.9 FM. During the 1970s the Doobie broadcast about 17 hours of programming per day including open-format music, local sports, and extensive news and special events programming. Stereo broadcasting was introduced in 1975.
In the 1980s and 1990s, the station devoted its resources primarily to music, increased its power to 100 watts, increased its hours of operation, and changed its frequency to its current dial position. In the fall of 2004, the Doobie began a second era of its history as the station began streaming its on-air content worldwide. During the summer of 2005, the station went through an entire digital upgrade of the main sound board, studio interconnects, catalog, recording, and record keeping functions.
The Doobie has been considered one of the nation’s finest college radio stations. In 2008, 2012, and 2015, The Doobie was included on The Princeton Review’s list of “America’s Top 20 Most Popular College Radio Stations”, and in 2009 it was featured in American Eagle stores nationwide. Numerous Denison University graduates have used their Doobie experience as an entry into the field of commercial broadcasting.
In the Fall of 2019, the Doobie underwent a massive change in its services and structure. The Doobie now operates as a streaming only service. While you can no longer tune in on the dial, student DJs are producing new content on the ones and twos, just for you! Our global stream has made doobie vibes more accessible than ever, with a consistent way to share a passion for music and programming.
Amid Stay At Home Orders during the COVID-19 pandemic of Spring 2020, DJs an Doobie staff transitioned to an at home audio provider. Limited content has kept current students, faculty, staff, and alumni, connected during this difficult time.
Doobie Palooza is an annual music festival organized and operated by The Doobie. The festival originated as a casual hangout with student performers outside of the senior apartments in 2014, with planning help from the University Programming Council. Since then, the festival has grown and evolved! In 2015, Doobie Palooza featured student performers from many genres from indie-folk to hip hop to electronic. The headliner that year was Brooklyn-based indie-rock group, Beach Fossils.
In 2016, The Doobie incorporated old with new. They featured student performers, but collaborated with the Asian American Association and created a festival with eight acts. The acts included Dumbfoundead, Vundabar, and Nick D' & The Believers.
2017 and 2018 broke records, with more and more students in attendance while the Doobie reinvented the festival each year. Seeing the stage at Lamson Lodge then the Tower Fields, Palooza featured student acts, alumni, and headliners including Phony Ppl, Crumb, Kweku Collins, and more!
Most recently, Palooza moved to East Quad and threw the biggest banger yet. 900+ students came out for Topaz Jones (and free beer of course) at our record setting event. This year, the party will keep rolling on East Quad as we hope to see even more doobie listeners come out. Check in regularly and follow us on social media for Palooza updates!