|Broadcast area||South Chicago Suburbs|
|First air date||December 21, 1964|
|Format||High School Broadcasting|
|Owner||Homewood-Flossmoor High School -- Flossmoor, Illinois|
WHFH 88.5 FM is an American FM non-profit non-commercial educational high school radio station licensed by the Federal Communications Commission to serve the community of and areas surrounding Flossmoor, Illinois. The station is owned and operated by Homewood-Flossmoor High School.
Flossmoor is located about 20 miles south of Chicago. The station has a potential listening audience of 2.4 million people. Operating at 1,500 watts effective radiated power, WHFH is one of the largest high school radio stations in the United States. The station operates Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 9:00 PM and on Fridays, when it shuts down at 6:00 PM. WHFH sometimes extends its broadcasting hours to accommodate extra programming (i.e. school sports games and political coverage).
Starting as 'The Radio Club' in 1962, Homewood-Flossmoor High School was originally granted a license to operate at 10 watts on the 88.5 FM frequency on December 21, 1964. The first broadcast was on January 7, 1965. Over the years the program grew. In the 1970s the station boosted its power to 1,500 watts (where it remains to this day). A new studio was built in 1992 in order to accommodate the school's growing television program. Another renovation was conducted in 2012 in order to create a more technologically advanced studio for both Viking Television and WHFH Radio.
WHFH is run mainly by the student body of Homewood-Flossmoor High School with faculty oversight. The station's license is vested in the Board of Education. The station's General Manager was Robert Comstock, an alumni, who has been acting in various roles with the program since the 1960s. He retired in 2012 and the position was assumed by Mark Ciesielski, a teacher in the program.
WHFH has both curricular and volunteer positions. During a students second year in the curriculum he/she must produce, edit, and direct a formerly 55 minute radio documentary, now 25 minute (due to time constraints) that is broadcast live over the radio. Only by successfully completing this assignment is a student given a management position during their third and fourth years in the program.
WHFH can be heard within the following boundaries:
- to the North: 95th Street
- to the South: Kankakee
- to the East : Hammond, Indiana
- to the West : Lockport
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