Members

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!

Brian Shelton

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.

Marie Lapidus

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.

Chris Smith

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.

Keith Maurice

Host

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 Saturday 10:00-11:00am on WHCM 88.3 FM

Jeff Waters

Host

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.

Jon Decatorsmith

Host

My name is Jon Decatorsmith, and I am a non-student, non-staff DJ at WHCM with a weekly
show (airing every day at 12 am 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.

Jake Joyce

Host

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. 

Erik Hanson

Host

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.

Carsen Star

Host

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.

Brian D.

Program Director, Host

Having lived most of his life in Barrington, Illinois, Brian is an avid watcher and a fan of League esports. Listening to music is one of his favorite ways of relaxing, doing homework, or playing video games. Check out his show The Dive with Brian D., where he plays some of the music he enjoys.

Erica Berger

General Manager, Host

My name is Erica Berger I am a broadcasting major. I started getting into broadcasting when I was in junior high because we had our own news studio in the media lab so I would go early in the morning everyday to do daily announcements. I love being a broadcaster because I get to share facts and share creative ideas. My future goal is to be a full time broadcaster on TV one day.

Nina Stoner

Host

Nina is a massive fangirl! She 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 with Chris Smith on Streaming Verse at 7 PM here on WHCM!

Nathan Rosca

Host

Hello! My name is Nathan Rosca and let me tell you a little bit about myself. I’m 18 years old and this is my first year at Harper. I ran track and also played football in high school and plan on running track here at Harper. I love listening to sports shows myself, some of my favorites include- The Herd with Colin Cowherd and basically any Barstool Podcast that you can think of. In my free time, I love to go skiing, get some boba, hang out with friends while playing basketball, or just stay home and watch anything Marvel Studios-related in my basement.

Yaritza Lopez

Host

Hi name is Y or Yare or Yari, short for Yaritza. You can call me however you want. This is my first year here at Harper and my first radio show with the college. I have like 9 brothers and sisters, two huskies and a turtle and love reading and watching movies! Tune in every Wednesday 8:00 Am- 9:00 am 88.3FM Harper Radio, La Y ASMR Radio Show.

Matt Byrne

Host

My name is Matt Byrne. I’m a longtime listener, first time host for WHCM. I’ve lived in the area my entire life (That’s Rolling Meadows, baby!) Previously I worked at another college station, WCRX, in Chicago as their Production Director. There, I majored in Comedy Writing and Performance, with a minor in Voiceover. From my experience in Improv, my love of obscured and forgotten tracks, and my overall inability to stop talking, comes my passionate love for radio!

Ricardo Garcia

Host

Ricardo is a Harper student born and raised in Guatemala. He is known amongst his friends and family for providing great music recommendations for any mood or setting. Check out his show “Richy’s Groove Machine” every Friday at 5:00pm!

Kris Piepenburg

Host

Harper College English department faculty since 1995 and a Harper/WHCM alumnus, Kris Piepenburg hosts All Over the Map from 7 to 9 PM on Friday nights.  Kris strives for two-hour programs that include a wide range of artists and styles, reflecting his lifelong interest in popular, obscure, and experimental music of all genres.

Molly Rosen

Host

Nice to meet you! My name is Molly and I’m the host of “Vitamin K-Pop!” As a K-Pop fan of 10 years, it’s been really awesome watching the genre grow in popularity and I’m excited to share my knowledge of and love for it. In my free time, I’m either taking classes at The Second City, exercising, or cooking.

Jarrett Di Fatta (aka JD)

Host

After a 30 plus year hiatus, I am back to where it all started, WHCM Harper Radio. During the early 90’s, I hosted a weekly show. In addition to being on-air, I held the positions of news director, assistant program director and program director.  

I was born and raised in Palatine and now live in Round Lake.  I am married and share four children with my wife, Elisa. I have been in marketing for over twenty years and currently working as a consultant.

Joel Berger

Host

I am an alumni of Harper College,  where I was a DJ from 1988 to 1991 and Station Manager from 1990 to 1991. I am married with 3 kids, one of whom is now my boss, lol. I currently work for AT&T as a service rep and I also sing in my choir, the main bass.

Ben Williams

Host

Ben Williams is a sophomore at Harper, just a few credits away from completing an Associate’s of Arts. He was drawn to the radio by a love for music and providing entertainment. Originally the host of a rock music show called Rock Bottom, he has turned a monthly segment from his former show into a show of its own titled Under The Covers, featuring covers of pop hits. Besides music, he enjoys Magic: The Gathering, video games, and his dogs, Luna and Mac

Margret Snell

Host

I’m Maggie! I’m from Rolling Meadows and just recently graduated from Rolling Meadows High School were I did theater and orchestra. I play cello and make bad art and love to write, but most  importantly, I love music. Music is a huge part of my life, especially because of my family. My music taste definitely reflects that and I hope you love the stuff I play as much as I do.

Arza Shapera

Host

After growing up listening to the radio with her parents Arza has been a long-time lover of the radio and the people who host it. Starting this semester she and her co-host have created Now You Know: fun facts for the curious mind, a show dedicated to exploring the world through fun facts.

Sahaj Bhatt

Host

Sahaj Bhatt is a freshman at Harper College, and is a co-host for Now You Know: Fun Facts for the Curious Mind. In his spare time he likes to play video games with his brother, and occasionally go camping as well.

Dante Behery

Host

Based in Palatine, IL with itchy oversized sweaters, Dante is an amazon package that you didn’t except but are not necessarily mad at. A lover of music production and the void, Dante enjoys the simple things in life. Weather that be reading a book, or crying to Blonde by Frank Ocean for the 20th time.

Gwendale Porter

Host

Hi, My name is Gwendale Porter, but I have a nickname you guys can call me Gwen. I love dogs, and cats are starting to grow on me. I love to play basketball and soccer with friends and hang out with many people. It makes me smile and try to make people laugh.

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