|City of license||Havertown, Pennsylvania|
|Broadcast area||Greater Philadelphia|
|First air date||December 6, 1949|
|Callsign meaning||W Haverford High School|
|Owner||Haverford High School|
WHHS is the student-run high school radio station of Haverford Senior High School, in Havertown, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Philadelphia). WHHS is the oldest high school radio station in the country. The station itself is located within the High School, and the transmitter is located nearby, covering a 5 to 10 mile radius around the High School. WHHS originally occupied 89.3 FM until 1992, when the FCC forced them to change frequencies, and then 107.9 FM, until a new, major radio station based in Philadelphia (WRNB) forced WHHS to change frequencies again. WHHS currently occupies 99.9 FM under a special exemption from the FCC while the station undergoes the formal process of applying for a station license.
Typical show formats include rock, classic rock, rap/hip-hop, sports talk, political talk, and sometimes more eclectic genres like classical or jazz. Occasionally, shows feature live performances from local or school-based bands.
Students of the High School apply for a radio show (usually 90 minutes long), and a typical show has 2-4 hosts. On the basis of interviews and previous experience with the station, students are chosen to fill several positions, including Station Director, Director of Music, Director of News, etc. The radio station provides an introduction into the radio or communications industries for students interested in careers in these fields.
In 2006, the station began broadcasting live sporting events such as football and hockey, even broadcasting live from the Wachovia Spectrum; the former home of the Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers. The station is continuing to branch out into the community with the effort spearheaded by producing a product that township residents can understand and enjoy while teaching students necessary skills and encouraging creativity. This has been accomplished in many ways; one of which included a 12 hour election day special along with interviews before the elections with such politicians and Congressman Curt Weldon and Congressman elect Joe Sestak.
- Porter, David (2004-05-22). "These DJs are well-schooled; Hundreds of high school radio stations operate across the U.S., albeit at low power". Los Angeles Times. p. E19.
- Price, Jeff. (Aug. 16, 2005). "Good guys win in this radio serial". The Philadelphia Inquirer, B6.
- WHHS official website
- News about the new frequency
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WHHS
- Radio-Locator information on WHHS
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WHHS
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