WHFR-FM (89.3 FM) – HFC's non-commercial, independent radio and Internet broadcast station – is holding its annual pledge drive, “Radiothon 2017,” now through Saturday, March 25, with a variety of live concerts and special on-air events scheduled.
As a non-commercial volunteer-staffed radio station, WHFR is not licensed to sell commercials and must rely on support from HFC and private donations to operate. The annual Radiothon is the station’s largest fund-raising event and provides the biggest opportunity to collect much-needed independent funding to run the eclectically programmed station. Since WHFR receives no government funding, more than 60 percent of the station’s operating budget comes from donor support. Phone lines will be open to take pledges of financial support.
Here is the schedule of special events for Radiothon 2017, which includes special concerts and live on-air event listings:
Special Live From Studio J performances all week long: Live performances every day of the week will be heard on Live from Studio J from 5-6 p.m. on WHFR. Performances include: Blues Rock of Detroit Trouble on the Big Dawg show, R.J. Spangler performing Jazz on the Jazz Montage show, Death Metal from Fate of Misery on Live from Studio J and Punk Rock from Freak Box on Dinner with Chelsea. Go to www.whfr.fm for more details.
“Prime Time Theme Attic”: Local artists will perform live in the studio, including multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Dave Caruso on Monday, March 20, from 8-10 p.m.; and singer/songwriter Mike Gentry on Wednesday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to noon.
WHFR CD and Merchandise Sales Table: There will be a CD and merchandise sale in the atrium of the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center (Building F) on Tuesday, March 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday, March 28, in the pavilion of the Student & Culinary Arts Center (Building M). Browse through an eclectic collection of CD and vinyl bins for a special treasure! All CDs/albums are a $1 donation each. Open to the public.
“The New WHFR Journal Special Edition”: On Friday, March 24, from 1-2 p.m., Dearborn Mayor John B. O'Reilly, Jr. will comment on his “State of the City” speech and other current city issues.
WHFR Radiothon Party and Benefit Concert: On Saturday, March 25, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., local Detroit blues artists Ray Kaan’s Detroit Trouble and Garden of Soul will perform at the New Place Lounge, located at 22723 Michigan Ave. in West Dearborn. Food and beverages are available for purchase. A $5 donation at the door is required. This event is for people ages 21 and older.
Every year, WHFR uses the money it raises for essentials and basic needs. This year, WHFR’s goal is to replace its studio broadcast telephone system and invest in a new remote unit for broadcasting outside the studio and in the community with the funds raised from Radiothon 2017. It wants to ensure the best quality for our listeners with great sound in our many on-air calls. Listeners can help WHFR with this “CALL to action” to purchase the new equipment that’s needed, according to WHFR-FM General Manager/HFC Telecommunication Professor/Coordinator Susan McGraw.
“As we celebrate 32 years of broadcasting, please know that you play a critically important role in the continued success of WHFR and what it stands for. Any size donation really does make a difference, so thank you in advance for your help in making Radiothon 2017 a success,” said McGraw.
Starting off as a student radio club with a closet-sized room for public address operation in 1985, WHFR has developed into an award-winning live 24/7 broadcast and Internet facility. On-air formats include blues, world, classical, avant jazz, indie rock, techno, big band, rockabilly, Americana, local news and views, classic radio drama and more.