|Slogan||The Pride of the South Side|
|First air date||March 22, 1968|
|Format||College radio, community radio|
|HAAT||37 meters (121 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||Woodlawn/Hyde Park/Kenwood|
|Former callsigns||WHPK-FM (1968-2016)|
|Former frequencies||88.3 MHz (1968–1985)|
|Owner||University of Chicago|
WHPK (88.5 FM) is an American radio station based in Hyde Park on the South Side of Chicago, established in 1968. The station is owned by the University of Chicago, and operated by volunteer students and community members. WHPK's station manager and program director are elected by the station's student members and must be students themselves. The station's broadcast engineer is paid by the university.
In 1968, WHPK-FM was established when the campus secret Society of the Owl and Serpent disbanded, donating its funds and Reynolds Club office space to a student radio group. WHPK-FM started broadcasting as a 15-watt FM station at 88.3 MHz on March 22, 1968. In 1985, WHPK-FM upgraded to a 100-watt transmitter and moved to the current frequency of 88.5 MHz.
The station changed its call sign to the current WHPK on February 26, 2016.
A long-running Saturday night show, The Blues Excursion, is hosted by a widely received radio personality named Arkansas Red.
- "About". WHPK. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
- "WHPK: Still spinnin' after all these years". 15 (7). University of Chicago Chronicle. December 7, 1995. Retrieved June 26, 2008.
- Austen, Jake (April 27, 2011). "Chicago memories: Common". Time Out Chicago. Retrieved February 26, 2011.
- Drapa, Michael (December 5, 2011). "WHPK hosted Common/Kanye faceoff—before they were stars". University of Chicago. Retrieved February 26, 2011.
- Obaro, Tomi (December 5, 2011). "Pioneering WHPK keeps Chicago rap fresh". University of Chicago. Retrieved February 26, 2011.
- Sisson, Patrick (July 16, 2006). "Chicago Hip-hop History ... A Tour". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 26, 2011.
- Terry, Clifford (May 30, 1993). "Arkansas Red's House Party: Weekly Blues, Talk Show Has South Side Listening". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 26, 2011.
- "Best of Chicago 2008 - Reader’s Choice: WHPK". Chicago Reader. 2008. Retrieved June 26, 2008.
- Official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WHPK
- Radio-Locator information on WHPK
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WHPK