WHCM 88.3FM is a community college radio station serving the Palatine Illinois area. We have a diverse membership, with students and staff of all backgrounds. It’s a part of what makes us Radio Done Differently!
Faculty Advisor, Host
Brian and Leni Shelton are a father and daughter duo who produce Crackling Vinyl from their home since the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Crackling Vinyl features music from record store bargain bins, yard sales, libraries and basement finds. The selection is eclectic and rarely in great condition. Leni Shelton is currently in fourth grade and loves music from all eras and really enjoys popping by the record store to pick out vinyl within her budget. Brian Shelton is the advisor for WHCM and Assistant Professor of Communication Arts at Harper College. He keeps his record collection small so that it will all fit in his future VanLife home.
Assistant Faculty Advisor, Host
Marie Lapidus started her radio show career by being a guest on one of Brian Shelton’s shows of the past when his real guest did not show up. That spurred the idea for Business as Usual, a show where Marie, assistant professor of Business and Entrepreneurship at Harper, interviews local entrepreneurs, career and technology program faculty and students and covers all the IDEAShop, our Makerspace and Entrepreneurship Center, news and achievements. But that was not enough, so Marie decided to share her love of the world with the Palatine community by bringing music from other countries to the show Global Tunes. Once the pandemic started, and access to the radio station was limited, the collaboration with Jeff Waters of Dexter’s Radio Hour began as Marie needed help, and now Global Tunes with Jeff and Marie adorns the airwaves with lots of travel stories and history of the places we all wish we could escape to.
Social Media Director
A mix of music, trivia and local guests. If Chris trips across an artist she wants to learn more about it will probably be the subject of the next show.
Program Director, Host
Erik got his start in radio in January 2017 and has been hooked ever since. He joined WHCM in August of 2017 and has worked his way up to being the program director. Erik is learning the engineering side of broadcasting and hopes to be a fully-fledged broadcast engineer in the coming years. Music is a mainstay of Erik’s interests, and he loves the California vibe from bands such as Wavves and Winnetka Bowling League.
Keith Maurice Harris is an award-winning college radio personality. He is the host of The Keith Maurice Show. He plays the best variety of music to get you through your Monday Middays! Keith Maurice is the Midday King! Tune in Monday 10:30-12:30pm on WHCM 88.3 FM
Jeff Waters lives in Des Plaines, Illinois, and works as a Stationary Engineer (Boiler Dude) when he is not hosting Dexter’s Ratio Hour (Monday and Friday at 6:00PM) or co-hosting Global Tunes (with Jeff and Marie) Tuesday’s at 4:00 pm. He enjoys photography, motorcycling (BMW F-800 Adventure), and long walks on the rims of active volcanoes. Oh, and music. Mostly Lithuanian polkas from 1949 to 1957. Every other kind of music is crap.
My name is Jon Decatorsmith, and I am a non-student, non-staff DJ at WHCM with a weekly
show (airing Sundays at 5 pm Chicago time) called The Short Man’s Room. I have been doing
weekly installments of the program since 2005, and have been broadcasting from Harper for a
couple of years now. My show is free-form radio, crossing and mixing most all genres, with an
emphasis on improvisational space jams and spooky melancholia. My favorite parts of doing
this are 1) the ability to play anything I want, within FCC rules and regulations; and 2) being a
part of this supportive community.
Hailey Schimpf is a musical and Disney nerd who somehow managed to convince the radio station into letting her do a show. That show would be Hailey’s Happenings. For the past two years it has showcased songs from musical theater, Disney movies, and more regular music hits from the 80s to today. It’s also a great place to chill out and relax as she talks about whatever’s going on between the music. Once people are allowed back on campus again, she’ll once again broadcasting live in the studio every Wednesday at 5pm.
My name is Deming Fanslau. My show is called The Tea with D. My show is about sports and my favorite part about doing the show is being able to talk to others and bouncing off other people’s ideas. I’ve had my show for a year now.
Forwards and Backwards is a show hosted by Mary Renner, palindrome affiliate and fan of the old and new. Inspired by the fateful spelling of her last name,the show each week will explore new happenings and introduce you to something you’ve never heard of while also paying homage to those who laid the groundwork with the classics we all know and love. Every Tuesday starting at 10, Forwards and Backwards will be the accompaniment to your morning commute, cup of coffee or rolling out of bed. Any way you take it, there’s a bit of something for everybody to see you through your Tuesday morning blues.
Lover of all things bizarre, weird, and avant garde, Jake has been collecting odd recordings from around the world for decades. When not playing music in one of his many bands, he also writes for Pro-Wrestling Illustrated and runs several record labels. Wide World Of Sounds will introduce you to artists you may have never heard, on top of classic acts spanning genres such as punk, hip-hop, emo, metal, and ambient.
The Oddball Hour is produced by Maggie Quesse, a student here at Harper College since 2018. The Oddball Hour is a fun amalgamation of requests of songs, facts, articles, and debate. Maggie’s favorite thing about broadcasting is being able to sit in the studio or at home and figuring out what the show is going to be.
Born the seventh son of a seventh son, and raised by the Barclords, Erik was anointed 12th degree “Rock & Roll Specialist” by Nanker Pheldge. Under the guidance of the Barclore, Erik produces The Local Music Show on Harper Radio, featuring the best artists and bands from Chicago and the Northwest Suburbs. Occasionally you can find him deep below Beethoven Strasse combing through the Knackelflerg vaults to bring you Basement Records, the all-vinyl record show on Harper Radio.*
*Composite built of rock & roll lore 1955 – present. If you know the references, you’ll love the shows.
My name is Josh Greenberg. I’m a huge fan of movies, wrestling and Eminem. My weekly show will combine all three of my interests. Talking about new and upcoming films, discussing everything WWE and listening to Eminem’s entire catalog of music! From Godzilla vs Kong to Wrestlemania 37. From in theater releases to streaming. I will talk about it all!!
As a guy born with a face for radio, Carsen is quite possibly older than dirt and has the grey hair and the dusty record collection to prove it. While his musical interests have been influenced by live, in-person performances from artists ranging from Andrea Bocelli to ZZ Ward, he gets his mojo primarily from what was playing on FM radio in the ‘70s and ‘80s. An occasional headbanger, Star may also dip into his collection to share a track or two from his time spent in Alternative radio, Top-40, and Album Oriented Rock.
My name is Nathan and I am from Hawthorn Woods, IL. I am currently a freshman at Harper College. My show will be called EDM Bangers. On my show you will hear my favorite EDM and dubstep tracks. You will also hear a lot of my favorite DJ, Illenium as well as more of my favorite EDM tracks