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.
Paula Solarska is the General Manager here at WHCM and takes care of the social media with the our social media team. Driven by her classmates passion for radio, she takes pride in managing such a great group of people. Other than taking care of all the management matters here at the station, listening to everyone’s show’s is her favorite thing. Seeing people grow with every show and just grow out of their shell is so inspiring.
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.
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.
Aidan Damo is the host of the newest sports radio show “The Coaching Hour.” The show is a big focus on everything football in the NFL. Coach Aidan will give a rundown of his confidence picks of primetime matchups, helpful tips for any of you fantasy football owners, and big story headlines each week. Whether you love football with a passion or very new to the football scene, Coach will make you feel at home and part of the team. About our coach, Aidan Damo is an education major at Harper College, looking to teach secondary English and Fine Arts, particularly Humanities, in the near future. He’s also currently a sports instructor for the park districts and has been an avid football lover since he was six years old. His favorite NFL teams are the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots. Coach Aidan is excited to be part of the broadcast team and ready to talk about one of his favorite joys in his life with anyone and everyone!
Hi everyone, My name is Edward but you can call me Ed. I am currently a sophomore at Harper
college and since this is my last semester here at Harper I wanted to try and get involved with
the school. Growing up I’ve always been interested in broadcasting and have always been a fan
of the personalities that host the shows. I’m excited to start working with Harper radio to create
my new show titled Masked up. For my show, I plan on having a talk show format where I invite
my friends and possibly even colleagues to discuss different topics every week depending on
who my guests are. I am new to this but I believe that Harper radio is a great place for me to
learn and start my broadcasting journey.
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.