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|Broadcast area||Haverford Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania|
|First air date||December 6, 1949|
|HAAT||49 meters (161 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||W Haverford High School|
|Former frequencies||89.3 MHz (1948-1992)|
107.9 MHz (1992-2005)
|Owner||Haverford High School|
WHHS (99.9 FM) is a non-commercial educational FM radio station licensed to the School District of Haverford Township in Havertown, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Philadelphia), and run by the students of Haverford High School. Studios are located within the school, and the transmitter is located on top of the building.
Typical show formats include rock, Top 40, 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 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 General Manager, Technical Director, Programming Director, Promotions Director, Music Director, and Sports Director. The radio station provides an introduction into the radio or communications industries for students interested in careers in these fields.
WHHS is the oldest high school-run radio station in the country. The station was originally assigned to 89.3 MHz and was granted its first license on February 21, 1950. In 1992, the FCC forced the station to change frequencies to 107.9 MHz.
In 2004, a new radio station licensed to Radio One to serve Pennsauken, New Jersey and the Philadelphia market (WRNB, now WPPZ-FM) signed on, requiring WHHS to change frequencies again. With Radio One's help, WHHS moved to 99.9 MHz in 2005.
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.
WHHS celebrated 65 years of the broadcasting in 2014, and held a 24-hour Radiothon which raised funds for the station's future.
On January 28, 2017, WHHS-FM announced applications for new disk jockeys during the latter half of the remaining school year.
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- "History Cards for WHHS". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2019-04-12.
- "FM Query Results for WHHS". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2019-04-12.
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- "WHHS 99.9 FM turns 65". thefordian.com. December 1, 2014. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
- Official website
- 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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