WHFR Radio Station, 89.3FM and WHFR.fm

WHFR Radio Station, 89.3 FM and WHFR.fm is HFC's award-winning independent, non-commercial broadcast and Internet radio station. WHFR broadcasts locally at 89.3 on the FM radio dial and world-wide at WHFR.fm on the web. The station operates with a student and volunteer staff of about 60 persons, directly supervised by HFC Telecommunication faculty.

WHFR provides programming every day of the year. With 270 watts of broadcast power, WHFR reaches an area where 200,000 people live and work, including Dearborn and west Detroit, nearby west and downriver suburbs, as well as Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Listeners can also hear the station via live stream through WHFR's interactive website anywhere in the world.

WHFR provides real-world telecommunication lab experience for HFC students, serves the needs of Dearborn and the surrounding communities, and assists with HFC college relations. An eight-week course, WHFR Staff Training (TCM 189), is offered to students and members of the community who wish to join the volunteer WHFR staff. The course is offered both for credit to enrolled students or as non-credit for community members through HFC's M-TEC area.

WHFR features an "alternative variety" format-- programming music and information little-heard elsewhere on other Detroit area radio stations, including:

  • Classical,
  • Alternative/Modern Rock,
  • Big Band,
  • Blues,
  • Folk,
  • Gospel,
  • Hip Hop,
  • Jazz,
  • Techno,
  • Urban,
  • Music Soundtracks,
  • World Music,
  • All music shows highlight new releases, independent labels and local artists.

WHFR is an American Public Media (APM) affiliate station. In addition to providing Classical 24, HFC's National Public Radio (NPR) satellite service also provides: Mountain Stage, Big Picture Science, Democracy Now, and special holiday programming. The station also produces and airs weekly local public affairs talk shows and local specialty talk programming.

The station studios are located in the Student and Culinary Arts Center at the front of Henry Ford College's main campus. WHFR is proudly celebrating its 36th year of broadcast on the Dearborn-Detroit airwaves.

For more information about WHFR Radio, please contact Susan McGraw, HFC's academic coordinator of Telecommunication and Journalism and WHFR general manager, at 313-845-9842 or scmcgraw@hfcc.edu.