We don’t know if there will be a new camp,
but we do know there will be a party.
Sunday, September 30 marks the one year anniversary of Occupy Boston. While there are rumblings of a new encampment at Dewey Square, no one is completely sure what will happen.
“We started up around the time Dewey Square was closed,” says Patrick Wilson, the OBR host and DJ organizing the fundraiser. “It was a group of people who wanted to do something to promote the voice of Occupy. We have about 12 or 13 shows, and are adding more.”
The station, which has recently moved from Chinatown to a location near the Orpheum, is still “a work in public.”
Past OBR guests include Mike Cann of UNregular Radio, Jack Cole (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), Dan Hurley (president of UWUA Local369, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant), reporter Chris Faraone, and musician Ben Deiley, co-founder of The Lemonheads and current frontman of Varsity Drag. As the list implies, they have a lot of political shows, but Wilson also showcases local music during the 4:20 Intermission.
Though Varsity Drag doesn’t perform politically-charged songs, frontman Deiley is sympathetic to Occupy’s cause and held similar beliefs before the movement even started.
“I followed AdBuster for years,” says Deiley, commenting on the anti-consumerist magazine famous for fake ads. “I actually work in advertising.
“Most of the people who contribute to AdBusters are in advertising. I guess it’s because they understand persuasion and manipulation.”
Deiley says he’s happy to help out OBR and alternative media in general, and Wilson’s happy to have him.
“It’s a show I’d be anxious for,” he says. “In fact, I am anxious for this show.”
The fundraiser will also feature a silent auction (prizes TBA) with all proceeds directly funding rent, equipment, and other station necessities. Wilson has big hopes for OBR down the road, like more cooperation with the Boston Occupier to help the community.
For more information, visit obr.fm and be sure to tune in for the livestream if you can’t make it out.
OCCUPY BOSTON RADIO S30 PARTY/FUNDRAISER
334 MASS. AVE.