Mardi Gras and Jazz
Saturday February 6th WHFR hosted its 4th annual Jazz Benefit at Joe Vicari Anima Steak House in Dearborn. The Featured Event was the nine member ensemble. “In The Tradition”. Mardi Gra was the theme of this annual event. In addition to the featured jazz ensemble attendees also experienced the music of a Dixie banjo and songstress Rosalind Sample-Mosley. Several of the members like saxophonist Olujimi Tafatona and pianist Brad Shearer are alumni of Henry Ford Community College. The event donation was only $5.00 and the proceeds go to offsetting the cost to run the public radio station.
WHFR broadcast from HFCC and the broadcast studio located in the Student Activities Building next door to the student Activities office. It is also on line at www.whfr.fm and featured podcasts of many of the program news and music formats. As a public nonprofit station WHFR relies on listener donations and sponsor support. It has been broadcasting from the college for twenty five years.
The objective of the radio station is to promote alternative music and formats which are not broadcast on commercial radio station. Jazz music has for the most part been relegated to late evenings and promote established artist. WHFR is one of the few remaining stations which still broadcast jazz music during the day and early weekends.