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|Broadcast area||South Chicago Suburbs|
|First air date||December 21, 1964|
|Format||High School Broadcasting|
|Owner||Homewood-Flossmoor High School -- Flossmoor, Illinois|
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, WHFH is one of the largest high school radio stations in the United State. The station operates Monday through Thursday from 3:00 to 9:00 PM and on Fridays, when it shuts down at 6:00 PM. WHFH will sometimes extend 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.
In recent years, WHFH has expanded its programming to include sports, politics, community ascertainment, news, and other affairs. It is currently in the process of transferring to a digital signal as well as improving its technology. The ultimate goal within the next couple years is to be on the air 24 hours a day autonomously as well as webcast over the Internet.
WHFH is run mainly by the student body of Homewood-Flossmoor High School with faculty oversight. The stations license is vested in the Board of Education. The station's General Manager is Robert Comstock, an alumni, who has been acting in various roles with the program since the 1960s.
WHFH has both curricular and volunteer positions. During a students second year in the curriculum he/she must produce, edit, and direct a 55 minute radio documentary that is broadcasted 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.
-Close Up: Close Up airs from 7:30 to 8:00 on Thursday nights. It is a pre-recorded show produced by the student staff and is mainly geared toward community events and ascertainment.-Politics Now: Politics Now airs from 8:00-9:00 PM on Thursdays. It is a live show that features a balanced debate by several HF students.-Poke'Talk: Poke'Talk airs from 3:00-4:30 PM on several tuesday afternoons throughout the year. Started in 2008, it is HF's most listened to program and is a student forum for Pokémon discussion.-Sportsmania: Sportsmania is a live program that airs Tuesday nights from 8:00-9:00. It features several school sports stars as well as broadcasters from the station staff.-Political Forum: Political Forum is a prerecorded show consisting of HF teachers. Unlike Politics Now, Political Forum is done only once a month (Tuesdays 5:00-6:00 PM—with reruns every week) and is a presentation of issues versus a debate.
- Megan Tipton, '69—Assistant General Manager (1984-2008)
- Robert Comstock, '72 - General Manager (1979-)
- Chuck Garfien, '89 - Comcast SportsNet Chicago Anchor/Reporter
- Ben Bradley, '93 - Chicago Channel 7 News Anchor
- Laurence Holmes, '93 - The Score 670 sports radio personality
- Hannah Graver, '95—Assistant General Manager (2008-)
WHFH can be heard within the following boundaries: