January 30, 2023

Palatine, IL

Harper College Radio Station a Finalist for Chicago’s Overall Best

What does 100-watt 88.3FM Harper Radio have in common with Chicago radio powerhouses like WXRT (93.1FM) and WBEZ (91.5FM)?

Besides being on the lower end of the FM frequency spectrum, the Chicago Reader has named the Harper College Radio Station as a finalist in their “Best of Chicago” online poll. WHCM is one of only five (5) radio stations to make the final cut for entry in the poll. The other stations listed (in addition to ‘XRT & ‘BEZ) are Chirpradio (107.1FM) and Vocalo Radio (91.1FM).

Part of what makes WHCM different is a commitment to playing local music. In addition to The Local Music Show featuring the best bands and artists from around Chicago, Harper Radio is dedicated to featuring music from the community throughout the day.

The Reader poll is open now through noon on Wednesday, February 15th with the winners announced in the April 6th edition of the publication.

Cast your vote! Please go to

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

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Erica Berger, Harper Radio General Manager

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Palatine, IL 60067


WHCM UPDATE 1/25/23 


Welcome to the first edition of the WHCM Update! The aim of this newsletter is to give you an overview of all that’s happening here at Harper Radio. Whether it’s the latest tracks in rotation, notable or brand new shows, or any station news. This marks our second week in the Spring 2023 semester. Already we have so much planned for both new and existing programming. Stay tuned on 88.3 or the online stream for all the latest from the station.


New Shows

We have two new hosts at WHCM this week! Listen in for “Francisco’s Show” from 8 to 9 AM every Tuesday for sports and other topics.

On the other end we have Kamil with “One Man’s Word”, a talk show on everyday life. Join him live on Thursdays at 3 PM.

Back from round the World

Global Tunes returns to the airwaves! After a hiatus, we welcome back Global Tunes and host Marie Lapidus. Accompanying her will be co-host Erica Berger. Drop in to hear song selections from their country of choice every Monday at 3:30 to 4:30 PM! Previous episodes re-air Sundays from 3 to 4 PM. 


Global Tunes with Marie and Erica (Mon @ 3:30 – 4:30 PM)

Francisco’s Show – Francisco Recinos (Tue @ 8-9 AM)

One Man’s Word – Kamil Podgorski (Thurs @ 3-4 PM) 


Club Expo (1/31)

On January 31st, we will be at Student Engagement’s Club Expo! Located at the Avanté Concourse, we’ll be there from 10 AM to 12 PM to promote the station. Join us to talk about your interest in radio, as well as receive some WHCM merch! Look for our table, or just listen, we’ll be the one playing the music.

Free Spring Film Series (Reoccurring)

The Harper College Communication Arts Department will be hosting a Free Spring Film Series on Thursdays at 6:30 PM in E107. 

Upcoming films in “The Heist” category include;

  • “Le Cercle Rouge” (1970) 1/26/23
  • “Taking Of Pelham 123” (2000) 2/2/23
  • “Hopscotch” (1980) 2/9/23

Be there, or be square.


Andy Shauf – “Wasted On You”

From his new single “Telephone”, released January 18th, 2023

You may know Andy from his 2016 album “The Party” with songs like “The Magician” and “Quite Like You” being a couple of the most popular. His sound can be described as acoustic and reflective, with a hint of indie pop. 

July Talk – “I Am Water”

From their new album “Remember Never Before” released January 20th, 2023

Canadian ensemble July Talk released “I Am Water” last week. With distorted vocals and a steady rock beat, it’ll keep your head nodding. 

Ezra Furman – “Forever in Sunset” 

From her new album “All Of Us Flames” released August 26th, 2022

Ezra Furman rocks. But that’s just an opinion. You may have heard her music on the Netflix show “Sex Education”, which was put out as a soundtrack in 2020. As a bonus, she’s from Chicago!

The Murder Capital – “Return My Head”

From their album “Gigi’s Recovery” released January 20th 2023

From Dublin, “The Murder Capital ” put out their second studio album just last week. Certainly in the sound of post-punk, they also include an aspect of experimental ambiance on other tracks from this album.

Purr – “The Natural”

Off the single of the same name, released January 12th, 2023

Better known for indie rock as found on their debut album “Like New” from 2020, they instead opt for psychedelic folk on their latest release. Steel guitar and all, it’s like taking a melancholy trip out west.

Got a new song we should play? Send it to our email at!

Thanks for staying updated with the station, and thank you for your continued support of Harper Radio. All the best,

Matt Byrne, Program Director

Nothing to See Here, Just the Same Ol Packers-Bears Result

He. Still. Owns you. Not trying to lose points over here or anything, but those were the words from Mr. Allen Lazard as he was walking off Soldier field yesterday as the Packers beat the Bears in the oldest rivalry in the NFL. 28-19 was the final score, and the Bears were actually looking good in the first half. Key word: first half. I was talking to my friend Artur about the loss and he said “As soon as we went up 10-0 in the first, I knew it was too good to be true.” With this win, the Green Bay Packers became the franchise in the NFL with the most wins of all time, as the Bears and Packers were tied right before this week. As much as Aaron Rodgers takes pride in owning the bears, he didn’t have to do much yesterday. He went 18/31 on his throws for 182 passing yards and only a touchdown. “You never know when it’s gonna be the last time I’m gonna be playing over here” said Rodgers with a big grin on his face. “This place is like a second home, these fans are incredible. Gotta love it here.”

With this loss, the Bears are officially eliminated from the playoffs and fall to a record of 3-10. Now things aren’t just as sweet for the Packers either, as this loss only makes them 5-8 now, and they got a long way to go if they even want a shot at making the playoffs this year. Now they are going into the bye, and are focusing on beating the Los Angeles Rams as soon as they get off of the bye. Chances are low regardless for the Packers, as the NFC East is looking strong, and if the season ended today, nearly all the teams in the NFC east would just get in. If the Packers don’t get in the playoffs, all eyes are going to be on Jordan Love and also Aaron Rodgers and seeing who’s gonna be the guy next year, and if there is even gonna be a push to try to win a championship or not. As for the Bears, the future is not looking bad at all. They might have the worst record in the NFC and also just look like a flat out mess right now, but they have over 100 million dollars of cap space to use in this upcoming off-season. Maybe they can get something going with that. But the real question is, is this gonna be a turning point for the Bears, or just another one of those years in the cycle?

“Top 5 K-Pop Artists That Every Fan Should Know”

With an industry like K-Pop that’s constantly cranking out new music, albums, groups, etc., it can become quite overwhelming to anyone who’s interested in diving into the genre. Where do you even begin? Well, to help you out, here’s a list of just some of the many important K-Pop artists and groups that every fan has to know!

  1. BTS
    Even if you don’t regularly listen to K-Pop, you are bound to have heard of BTS. BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, is a 7-member boy group who debuted in 2013 under Big Hit Entertainment. The boys had a bit of an underwhelming debut, but they more than made up for it in the years to follow. They are now considered internationally to be the most popular and successful South Korean music act of all time. Not only did they create a lot of firsts for Korean artists, like becoming the first Korean ensemble to receive gold and platinum certification from the RIAA, but they hold 28 world records!
    MEMBERS: Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook
    ICONIC SONGS: “Mic Drop”, “Dynamite”, “Butter”
  2. Blackpink
    Blackpink is a 4-member girl group formed under YG Entertainment. They automatically achieved major success and earned the title “monster rookies” with their debut songs “Boombayah” and “Whistle” in 2016. Blackpink is considered to be the female hallyu counterpart of BTS for their international success. The two groups often go back and forth, breaking each other’s records. Blackpink has made history on multiple occasions, like becoming the first Korean act to perform at Coachella, and they continue to do so. They hold numerous records, including 5 Guinness World Records.
    MEMBERS: Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa
    ICONIC SONGS: “Boombayah”, “DDU-DU DDU-DU”, “How You Like That”
  3. Girls’ Generation/SNSD
    “Right now, it’s Girls’ Generation!” Considered in South Korea to be “the nation’s girl group”, Girls’ Generation debuted in 2007 under SM Entertainment. They are credited with being the first Korean music act to ignite the “Hallyu Wave”, breaking international records and securing firsts for Korean music acts in major countries such as the United States and Japan. Even 15 years after their debut, SNSD remains one of the best-selling groups in the history of South Korea, with a Guinness World Record to boot!
    MEMBERS: Taeyeon, Tiffany, Seohyun, Sooyoung, Yoona, Yuri, Hyoyeon, Sunny, Jessica (former)
    ICONIC SONGS: “Into the New World”, “Gee”, “The Boys”
  4. Psy
    Rising to international fame in 2012 for his viral hit “Gangnam Style”, Psy actually held a strong fanbase in South Korea many years prior for being outlandishly humorous. “Gangnam Style” was the first video on YouTube to receive 1 billion views, and in doing so, Psy put K-Pop on the map and became a global ambassador for his country. He holds 5 Guinness World Records and continues to release successful music as well as produce successful artists under his record label, “P Nation”.
    ICONIC SONGS: “Gangnam Style”, “Gentleman”, “That That”
  5. IU
    “Korea’s little sister”, IU, holds the title as the artist with the most number 1 songs in South Korea. She is known for her deceptively soft and melodic voice, which is also capable of hitting a wide range of powerful notes. Throughout the span of her 14-year career, IU has been nominated for over 200 awards and won over 100 of those for her ventures not only in music, but acting as well. She is the richest female singer and one of the highest-earning celebrities in South Korea.
    ICONIC SONGS: “Good Day”, “You and I”, “LILAC”

5 Shows that Have Christmas Episodes to Stream this Holiday Season

What better way to get into the holiday season than cuddling up and watching your go
to show with a Christmas flare? I have put together a list of shows and their corresponding
Christmas episodes to help you stop scrolling and find exactly what you need!

  1. Friends
    Season 7, Episode 10 – “The One With the Holiday Armadillo’’
    Season 9, Episode 10 – ‘’The One with Christmas in Tulsa’’
  2. New Girl – Streaming on Netflix
    Season 1, Episode 9 – “The 23rd

    Season 4, Episode 11 – “LAXmas”
    Season 6, Episode 10 – “Christmas Eve Eve”
  3. Glee – Streaming on Disney+
    Season 2, Episode 10 – “A Very Glee Christmas”
    Season 4, Episode 10 – “Glee, Actually”
    Season 5, Episode 8 – “Previously Unaired Christmas
  4. The Office – Streaming on Hulu & Peacock
    Season 2, Episode 10 – “Christmas Party”
    Season 3, Episode 10 – “A Benihana Christmas”
    Season 5, Episode 10 – “Moroccan Christmas”
    Season 6, Episode 13 – “Secret Santa”
    Season 7, Episode 11 – “Classy Christmas”
    Season 8, Episode 10 – “Christmas Wishes”
    Season 9, Episode 9 – “Dwight Christmas”
  5. Greys Anatomy – Streaming on Netflix
    Season 2, Episode 12 – “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”
    Season 6, Episode 10 – “Holidaze”
    To find more Christmas TV Episodes, Check out this IMDB list I made
    Additionally, Tune in to Streaming Verse every Thursday at 7pm to discover more shows and
    movies to stream!

In Remembrance of Dexter

Last week the station was informed that longtime member of WHCM, Jeff Waters, had passed away. 

Jeff hosted “Dexter’s Radio Hour” and co-hosted “Global Tunes (with Jeff and Marie)”. He was known for his eccentric taste in music, his outgoing and friendly nature, and unique wit. 

To celebrate his life and the music he shared with all of us, we are dedicating our 2022 “College Radio Day” broadcast in his memory. Throughout the day, we will have various DJs play the oddest tracks they can find (in the style of Dexter’s Radio Hour) in honor of his long time presence and support for the medium which he loved, College Radio. 

College Radio Day 2022 will take place on October 7th, 2022, our broadcast will be from 8AM to 7PM. For more information on College Radio Day 2022, visit

A Retrospective View on Pink Floyd’s Debut

When I worked at FYE over one Winter break, a customer walked in and began to browse the Vinyl Records on display. I asked him if he needed any assistance, to which he replied with the question “Yeah. What do you know about Pink Floyd?”. To any Pink Floyd fan, this is the quickest way to their heart. I hesitated on just how much information I should throw his way. I gave him the basics of the band and pulled out “Dark Side of the Moon” (1973) from the stacks, their most well known album by far. I mentioned how I’ve listened to all of their albums. “Which one is your favorite?” he asked. I said it depends on the era, there’s a lot of good stuff out of the “Pre-Dark Side of the Moon” era.  He seemed confused. “So this one”, he points to the black cover with the prism on it, “Isn’t their first album?”. It was almost like someone had set up this specific encounter for me. No, I said. That would be “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn”. 

Over 50 years ago last week, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” was released to the world. PATGOD as it is acronymized by some, is well known to devout fans, obscured to the general public. On August 4th, 1967, it was released, and was well received in the band’s home turf of the UK, reaching #6 on the UK Album charts. The US, however, wasn’t as welcoming. It peaked at #131 on the Billboard 200. The album was utterly psychedelic. Featuring harsh guitars, echoing vocals, lyrics of a bucolic nature, a nearly 10 minute long instrumental reminiscent of a bad trip, and a song about a gnome. It’s no surprise it wasn’t well received by the West, however it’s interesting how divisive the album can be for fans of Floyd. 

Whenever someone gets “in ” to Pink Floyd, it’s never over PATGOD. The album doesn’t sound like how we think Pink Floyd should sound. That’s in large part to the fact that this album was conceived by then band leader, Syd Barrett. In conjunction with Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Rick Wright, the album was very much of the time. Very 60s, very psychedelic, very, very British. Barrett was the head creative force, and his sound isn’t exactly easy to listen to. He took influence from British poets and authors when writing his lyrics. While being the framework for the band itself, he wouldn’t be with them for very long. After his mental breakdown the following year, he was removed from the band and replaced with David Gilmour, giving us the line-up that would remain intact throughout the band’s “Golden Age ” in the 1970s. As the band went on without Barrett, their sound evolved, Waters and Gilmour becoming the central creative forces. The trippy, childlike lyrics so innate to Barrett’s style were now gone. However, the core auditory mechanics of what makes Pink Floyd work, are marked in their debut. Their use of atypical sounds (Famously clocks, cash registers, etc), their droning harmonies that seem to blend into one voice, the overall auditory space. 

While it may be an acquired taste, even to those with a palette for psychedelic, garage and brit rock, it still holds some great sound, if you’re willing and ready to give it a go. If nothing else, it remains the starting point for one of the great rock bands of the 20th century.  This week on my show, “The B-Side” we’ll be celebrating this anniversary with a track from the album! Catch it this Thursday, August 10th from 12pm to 1pm on 88.3 WHCM, and every Thursday at the same time for album cuts, lesser played tracks, and of course, B-sides. 

World Sound

Have you ever asked yourself how many Music genres are there around the world? Since my show is about “World Sounds” I believe that we need to know how many? To my surprise, they are more than 1,300 genres in the world. Some of the peculiar ones include alternative, blues, classical, country, French pop, and many others

If you would like to hear all these genres, you can go to “Every Noise at Once” they have created a map for these genres. I am leaving the website below so if you are curious like me just copy and paste it – They have organized according to similarities of genres that’s awesome! For the next blog, we are going to ask you which genres are your favorites.


Hola! my name is Ernesto R. Pacheco. I came from Mexico City 30 years ago. I have lived in the Northwest area since then.  It has been a wonderful journey with challenges and blessings all the time. This is my first year at Harper College. My major is in Elementary Education. I am taking this broadcasting class because I want to be able to share music, ideas, and help people with our stories. In my spare time I enjoy listening to audiobooks, watching movies, biographies, and documentaries. I also enjoy going to concerts. The show is going to be about music from around the world.

Jessica Jones is Underrated and Relatable

If you know anything about me, you likely know that I could ramble on about Marvel for
pretty much any amount of time. Or, if you have listened to Streaming Verse, you might have
caught it first hand. I have several characters I love with my whole heart and can find myself
relating to some of them in certain aspects. But there is a character in the Marvel universe who
just doesn’t get enough love. Jessica Jones.
So I don’t write a novel, I will limit myself to listing a few reasons why Jessica Jones is
one of the most underrated characters and possibly the most relatable. Also, I will be sticking
with the Netflix original show titled Jessica Jones, as the comics are a whole other beast that I
will not be conquering on today’s blog.
Jessica Jones is a complete mess, and she really doesn’t try to change that. Her
apartment where she also runs her private investigating business is usually in a state of utter
disaster and complete chaos. The door is broken, and holes are scattered in the walls. Not to
mention all of the clothing items discarded all over the floor. Although my door may not be
broken because I shoved someone through it like Jessica Jones, my room is definitely not of
those you normally see on TV.
In a lot of media, we perceive superheroes who identify as women as polished. Whether
it’s a coherent thought or not, I can’t ever recall seeing Supergirl’s apartment in such disarray.
Jessica Jones is constantly speaking her truth, even if it’s not “polite”. She isn’t afraid to tell
someone off. Sure, she has her super strength to depend on if something goes wrong, but
watching a woman stand up for herself always makes me proud to be a girl. Not only this, but
Jones wears pretty much the same outfit every day, whether she’s fighting crime or not. A basic
pair of jeans, boots, a plain shirt, a gray scarf, and a jacket. She has no sparkly or tight-fitting
superhero garments and to many like me, I find that empowering.
The writers of this show weren’t afraid to break through the glass and tell difficult stories.
By doing so, they empowered so many. Jessica Jones is not your average superhero, but she’s
the one most of us deserve. This hilarious, thought-provoking, and emotional show is streaming
on Disney+. I highly recommend watching it if you haven’t already! It is also a completed show,
so you can binge-watch it all when you finish reading this!
If you want to hear me ramble about Jessica Jones and more TV shows and movies I
love, make sure to check out Streaming Verse on Harper Radio, every Thursday at 7PM with
me, Nina, and my amazing co-host Chris!


A major fangirl and avid concert-goer. Nina loves consuming media and immersing herself in
a diverse selection of TV shows, movies, and music. She is so thrilled to be back at Harper Radio for
more fun! Hear her no filter opinions every Thursday on Streaming Verse at 7 PM here on WHCM!

Ghost Army

Summer is always a time when Hollywood releases its biggest blockbuster movies.  The premise of these blockbuster movies always seems to be similar, where a hero has to face a challenge with seemingly insurmountable odds. 

This is definitely the case of this summer’s biggest blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick.  The movie does a great job putting the hero against seemingly insurmountable odds and is probably one reason it has gotten such great reviews from audiences and critics.

As much as fictional stories from Hollywood can be entertaining real-life stories of heroes facing extremely challenging situations can be even more entertaining.

One of these stories, which I shared on a prior show, is the story of the Ghost of Ukraine, which like Top Gun: Maverick, is the story of a pilot who had an almost unimaginable challenge.

The Ghost of Ukraine was a real Ukranian pilot that battled and downed several technologically superior Russian war planes.

Well on the next In the News Now show I will go over another real life against the odds story.  This time the story will have a local connection, a connection to Harper.

The local story was featured on Harper’s home page several months ago.  It’s a story of a special World War II unit referred to as the “Ghost Army” and one of its soldiers is a long time Harper Student. 

The story is so amazing that a documentary was made of it and recently congressional gold medals were granted to members of the “Ghost Army” by a recent bill passed by congress and signed by the president.    

Written by Tavo Pace


Hello I am Tavo , a longtime harper student who just recently graduated with accounting certificates, but who continues taking courses at harper for fun. I am an animal lover, a bit of a news junkie, I love to travel and learn about cultures, I love going to sporting events, and working out. As a news junkie I always plan on sharing the most interesting stories I come across on my show In the News Now.   The show that covers the interesting stories of the day, stories that may be overlooked, or stories I feel are just very interesting from a historical or cultural perspective

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