With the completion of the renovation of Student Center at Henry Ford Community College, an old friend makes its homecoming: WHFR-FM 89.3, the College''s non-commercial, student-staffed, faculty-guided radio station. Back in 1962, WHFR began as a student radio club with only a double-closet-sized room for operating a public address system to the dining room, providing a variety of music and campus announcements during weekday hours. However, the club''s mission since its start was to start a real broadcast station, serving the unique music and information needs of the community, as well as the students at HFCC.
By 1978, the HFCC administration, recognizing the spirit and seeing the dedication, applied for an FM broadcast license from the Federal Communications Commission. The license was granted in 1979, but the preparations necessary to broadcast--construction, equipment, staffing, and budget--took until 1985 to get worked out, when the station went on the air.
Beginning with only six hours a day on six days a week, with all shows prerecorded, WHFR grew steadily as it proved itself and attracted more volunteers, first going "live" in 1987 (for three hours a week!). In 1988, with a schedule of 12 hours a day, the WHFR staff was stretched too thin to continue its "Pagoda Room" PA operation, and moved all of its equipment and music library out of the Student Center into the new HFCC Fine Arts Center. Since 1997, we have achieved a 24/7 broadcasting schedule, with the help of over 60 student and alumni volunteers.