Release Date: 
Saturday, October 30, 2021

HFC welcomes (back) John Bommarito

A headshot of John Bommarito.

Radio has been the lifelong passion for John Bommarito, the new Operations Manager of WHFR, HFC’s non-commercial, independent radio station. He considers himself fortunate to have worked in the business in some capacity for more than 35 years.

“Being in a radio station environment is where I belong,” said Bommarito, a Detroit native who lives in Plymouth with his wife.

A path through broadcast media

Bommarito attended Warren Woods Tower High School in Warren. He earned his associate degree in general studies from Macomb Community College in Warren. He later went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He also completed some coursework at HFC and Oakland Community College.

Since 1985, Bommarito has run a mobile disc jockey service. He has worked in and managed a retail record store for 10 years, and he worked the wholesale side of the record industry for seven years. For the last 20 years, he has worked in radio, both non-commercial and commercial.

In 2002, Bommarito began volunteering at WHFR. In 2005, he began working for Cumulus Media in Ann Arbor, specifically 107one (WQKL-FM). He remained there for 15 years until he was laid off last year during the pandemic.

"Professionalism that is hard to come by"

In mid-2021, HFC Chairperson of the Department of Communication and Media/WHFR General Manager Susan McGraw hired Bommarito as the Operations Manager at WHFR.

“My duties include ensuring the Emergency Alert System tests, weekly station logs, and Federal Communications Commission public inspection files are kept up to date. Also, there’s the maintenance of the day-to-day station activities, general office work, assisting WHFR’s music director with the music library, monitoring social media posts, managing the station’s COVID-19 safety protocols, technical support, and other duties as needed,” said Bommarito.

Bommarito can be heard on WHFR every Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until noon. He also hosts a bimonthly podcast and a weekly playlist that have been branded as Acoustic Alternatives.

All in all, he’s enjoyed being back at the College. “The staff members on campus I have encountered have all been very nice,” said Bommarito. “It’s great to be back.”

Added McGraw: “I’m thrilled to have John back at WHFR, especially in this new capacity as Operations Manager. He brings a wide knowledge of the broadcast industry, the experience that supports our educational mission, and true professionalism that is hard to come by these days. I look forward to working with John and witnessing him contribute to WHFR’s success."