When It Snows, It Squalls

I’m a big fan of your music, Luke Combs, but here in Illinois “When It Rains, It Pours” is overrated. Reality is that when it snows it squalls, and that is exactly what happened on April 1st and 2nd of 2022, well, mostly. No, it’s not an April Fools’ joke and it’s a bit of an exaggeration to say that it squalled, but it certainly did snow a measurable amount. I am most definitely ready for spring weather, and it doesn’t help that just two weeks ago it was over 70 degrees Fahrenheit in Chicago, but the snow today was beautiful. A serenity was cast over my backyard as I watched massive snowflakes the size of a quarter fall to the ground. Empty branches waiting to bud with green leaves were blanketed by the soft snow and the outside world seemed to momentarily still. I am aware that I sound like a nature blogger and a hopeless romantic with that last sentence, and that interpretation is accurate, but so many people take for granted these small moments of peace when the constant stresses of daily life appear never-ending.

There I was standing in front of the window in my living room, watching the April snow fall and thinking about how sad it is that so many people who have the option to stop and enjoy the simplicity in this moment choose otherwise. When it snows it really does squall, because there will never be a time in life when all stresses and hardships disappear. There will always be another blizzard with whiteout conditions to navigate through and layers of ice that keep building, but never seem to crack.  I will be the first to admit that I forget to focus on the present moment when thoughts from the past and worries about the future are always on my mind.

I did not intend to make this blog overly serious. Thoughts just came to mind about how truly small we are in comparison to the rest of the world, and this was the first moment in a long time when I felt as though I was truly present. It was just me, my thoughts, and the thick snow falling in front of me in what is supposed to be a rainy April. Let this blog be your sign to take a second to breathe; you never know when a cold, snowy afternoon in April can lead to some truly lovely moments.

Written by Ashley N

General Manager, Host

Raised by a country music-loving mother and a father who is an alternative rock enthusiast, Ashley’s taste in music cannot be pinned down to a single category. Cross Country is a music show with a little bit of country, but a whole lot of variety. There is no doubt that you will find your favorite music in her show and you can listen to Cross Country every Monday at 11:00 am! Aside from producing her radio show, you can see Ashley dabbling in her favorite hobbies of drawing, sculpting, practicing yoga, and spending time with family and friends.

Five Completed TV Series You Have To Watch

Hi there! I am Nina Stoner, one of the co-hosts of the talk show Streaming Verse. When I was brainstorming blog post ideas, I was struggling a bit. I fangirl over so many things it’s hard to narrow it down. After going back and forth on ideas, I choose to share a list of my favorite completed TV shows that are worth watching! Now of course, If I added all my favorites we would be here for days, but I spared you the pain and only listed five. I made sure they were all finished so if you feel so compelled, you can go binge watch them after reading this!

WandaVision
WandaVision will give you all the feels! You don’t have to be a Marvel fan (although it helps) to see the beauty captured within this short series. Showcasing the power of grief in such a magical and authentic Marvel way. Don’t worry, it’s not all sad! Heartwarming and comedic, I have no doubt you will fall in love with this show and the characters! This incredible show is streaming now on Disney+

Supergirl
After six seasons, Supergirl has come to an end. Sure the CGI is wack, but you are
bound to fall head over heels for these actors! Starring Melissa Benosit, Chyler Leigh, Katie McGrath, and more. With storylines focused on empowering women and overall equality for all, it’s truly a progressive superhero show. In its later seasons It even features the CW’s first transgender superhero, played by the emensly talented Nicole Maines. You can find this show on Netflix if you are interested in watching!

Teenage Bounty Hunters
Unlike the first two shows I’ve mentioned, this show was actually canceled after one season. I am so thankful for my Streaming Verse co host, Chris Smith, for introducing me to this show. It follows two teenagers who find themselves in a ridiculous situation that leads them to not only a side gig, but also a friendship. Although the ending infuriates me, because of course you want to know more, I definitely recommend this show! It is currently streaming on Netflix.

Sorry For Your Loss
Yet another show on this list that stars Elizabeth Olsen and tackles the topic of grief. This series is only two seasons, with each episode ranging about a half hour. I love this show so much because it is so raw with such a heavy topic. They don’t romanticize it, it’s just real. And that’s what I love about it! This is on Facebook Watch (Which is a free platform directly connected with facebook)

New Girl
If you want a randomly hilarious show that you can turn on whenever, this is it! New Girl is so well written and guaranteed to make you laugh at one point or another. Each episode is around twenty minutes, which makes it super convenient to get some work done, or binge watch! Some episodes feature Taylor Swift, Prince… need I say more? This is streaming on Netflix.

So there you go, some streaming recommendations for your next binge watching marathon. If five shows wasn’t enough for you, make sure to tune in to Streaming Verse every Thursday at 7PM for Chris and I’s talks on all things streaming! You can also listen to our podcast on Spotify if you have missed prior episodes! Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy these shows as much as I do!

Written by Nina Stoner

An avid concertgoer and major fangirl. Nina loves all genres and styles. Media has always played a major role in Nina’s life and she is so excited to have this opportunity to share some of her favorites. In addition, she loves to fangirl out about everything streaming. Catch her every Thursday at 7pm central standard time on Streaming Verse here on WHCM!

PRESS RELEASE

March 7, 2022

Palatine, IL

Harper Radio Honored with Two (2) First Place 2022 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) Awards

The Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) has announced the winners for their 2022 Media Awards.

Harper Radio – WHCM (88.3FM) – received two (2) first place awards. The Harper Radio winners are:

  • Student Ashley Rosenthal, Harper Radio’s current General Manager, under the Best Promotional Event category for her entry “WHCM t-shirt promotion”, and
  • Erik Bonilla-Sanchez, Harper Radio’s General Manager in 2021, won the prestigious Len Mallioux Management Award in the Best Radio Station Manager – College category

The awards come on the heels of The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) 2022 Festival of Media Arts Awards. Harper Radio received two (2) first place awards (out of three [3] first place awards in total) in their 2-year College category.

Harper Radio WHCM 88.3 FM is a student run college radio station at Harper College, broadcasting across northern Chicagoland and streaming worldwide at www.harperradio.com Enjoy commercial free programming including sports, talk, news, and a variety of music. Everything you need while listening to college radio.

The Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) is an organization with a membership of over one thousand non-profit, education-affiliated radio stations and webcasters. Founded in 1940, IBS is headquartered in New Windsor, NY, with a legal office in Washington, D.C. In addition to providing support for establishing and operating noncommercial radio and webcast operations, it frequently represents its members with FCC negotiations, copyright issues, and litigation.

Media contact

Ashley Rosenthal, Harper Radio General Manager

1200 W. Algonquin Road

Palatine, IL 60067

WHCMHawkRadio@gmail.com

847/925-6000

PRESS RELEASE

March 1, 2022

Palatine, IL

Harper Radio Honored with Two (2) First Place 2022 BEA Festival of Media Arts Awards

The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) has announced winners for their 2022 Festival of Media Arts Awards. Harper Radio – WHCM (88.3FM) – received two (2) first place awards (out of three [3] first place awards in total) in the 2-year College category.

The Harper Radio first place winners are:

  • Student Mary Renner, Harper Radio’s 2021 General Manager, for her submission “Harper Radio – Get Involved” video, and
  • Student Koryn Koch for her audio entry “Hidden Harper”

Erik Bonilla-Sanchez, Harper Radio’s General Manager (preceding Mary Renner) in 2021, was honored by BEA with a third-place finish for his audio entry “It’s A Wonderful Life”

For the competition this year, BEA recognized five (5) 2-year college entries, of which Harper Radio was honored with three (3) finalists.

BEA’s international digital media and broadcast competition for faculty and students from over 300 participating schools and over 1,600 entries from around the world. All finalists will receive Festival Awards, and the winners will receive their awards at the Festival in Las Vegas on Monday, April 25th.

Harper Radio WHCM 88.3 FM is a student run college radio station at Harper College, broadcasting across northern Chicagoland and streaming worldwide at www.harperradio.com Enjoy commercial free programming including sports, talk, news, and a variety of music. Everything you need while listening to college radio.

The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) is the premier international academic media organization, driving insights, excellence in media production, and career advancement for educators, students, and professionals. The association’s publications, annual convention, web-based programs, and regional district activities provide opportunities for juried production competition and presentation of current scholarly research related to aspects of the electronic media. These areas include media audiences, economics, law and policy, regulation, news, management, aesthetics, social effects, history, and criticism, among others.

Media contact

Ashley Rosenthal, Harper Radio General Manager

1200 W. Algonquin Road

Palatine, IL 60067

WHCMHawkRadio@gmail.com

847/925-6000

Ashley Rosenthal: 2022 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Awards Finalist

Ashley Rosenthal is the current General Manager of Harper Radio and she joined the station in July of 2021. She is dedicated to broadening the outreach of WHCM and encourages others to join the light-hearted, fun, and supportive environment at the station. Ashley hosts Cross Country every Monday at 11am, a show with a little bit of country and a whole lot of variety. She loves to promote Harper Radio events on her show and has been nominated as a finalist for her “WHCM t-shirt promotion.”

Listen to Ashley’s submission below:

Keith Maurice Harris: 2022 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Awards Finalist

Keith Maurice Harris has been a host at WHCM for six years. He won Best On-Air Personality for the 2019 IBS Awards and is a finalist for the same category once again, so he is no stranger to the world of broadcasting. Want to have a great weekend, guaranteed? Start your day right by listening to the one and only Keith Maurice during The Keith Maurice Show every Saturday at 10am. Listen for a variety of music, pop culture, and Harper Campus news. It’s a show you won’t want to miss!

Listen to Keith’s submission below:

Nina Stoner: 2022 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Awards Finalist

Nina Stoner joined WHCM in 2021 and cohosts the incredible show, Streaming Verse, every Thursday at 7pm with Chris Smith. You can find her on the WHCM 88.3FM airways, streaming through our online platform, and live-streaming on our YouTube channel, Harper Radio. As the cohost of WHCM’s first show to be officially live-streamed on YouTube, Stoner’s commentary on current films and series is bound to make you smile, laugh, and hear different perspectives about the movies and shows you love.

Listen to Nina’s submissions below:

Best Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/7CUthYr3ecHDH7XXqItAcH?si=25f3cce2b8c64143

Best Talk Program:

Chris Smith: 2022 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Awards Finalist

Chris Smith is a true leader at WHCM for her incredible work as Social Media Manager and current cohost of Streaming Verse with Nina Stoner every Thursday at 7pm. You can count on Chris to make you laugh with her hilarious and witty commentary on WHCM 88.3 FM, www.harperradio.com, and the Harper Radio YouTube channel. Check out our Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages to stay up-to-date with her latest posts about the events and exciting news at WHCM!

Listen to Chris’s submissions below:

Best Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/7CUthYr3ecHDH7XXqItAcH?si=25f3cce2b8c64143

Best Talk Program:

Erik Bonilla-Sanchez: 2022 BEA Festival of Media Arts and IBS Awards Finalist

2022 Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts Finalist: 2-Year College Category

2022 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) Awards Finalist: Len Mallioux Management Awards in the Best Radio Station Manager – College Category

Erik Bonilla-Sanchez has been with WHCM for five years and was the station’s General Manager in early 2021 and Program Director of the same year. Erik is a BEA finalist for his audio entry, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” He was also nominated for his dedication to WHCM, major impact upon the music that is played in the automation system, and his expertise in broadcast engineering. Erik now has a full-time job as a broadcast engineer and hosts his show, Rad-io, on WHCM every Tuesday and Friday at 12pm.

Listen to Erik’s BEA award submission below:

Koryn Koch: 2022 BEA Festival of Media Arts Finalist

2022 Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts Finalist: 2-Year College Category

Koryn Koch has been producing audio projects for WHCM since 2021 and currently updates listeners with weekly events happening at the college. You can hear her voice over the airways of Harper Radio during her light-hearted PSAs. Koryn’s submission, “Hidden Harper,” focuses on heightening awareness of WHCM and its endless opportunities to gain hands-on experience within the wonderful community at the station.

Listen to Koryn’s submission below:

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