Reviving WHRC

Haverford’s formerly dormant college radio station, WHRC, is now back in action as a “a web-based collective of audio content and multimedia generated by the Bi-Co community” that is available for live-streaming.

Our Haverford magazine article (spring/summer 2012) on the history of Haverford’s radio station got readers wondering about the current state of WHRC. Though it has been decades since the heyday of the station, which shut down in 2009, some students are currently trying to revive it.

WHRC General Managers Karl Moll and Fairleigh Barnes setup a broadcast in the Sunken Lounge of the Dining Center.

Karl Moll ’14 and Fairleigh Barnes ’13 were both disappointed by WHRC’s absence and felt a revitalized radio station could offer a new creative outlet for Haverford students.  Last semester they held a “soft-launch” for the station, creating the website, and the duo quickly found that the community was eager to see a newly energized  WHRC on campus.
The station is now back in action as a “web-based collective of audio content and multimedia generated by the Bi-Co community.”  In the fall, Barnes and Moll created a rotating schedule of DJs, each broadcasting a live weekly show online through the website, which has helped build a quiet, but slowly growing, following for the station. These shows include a program of music influenced by the Berlin club scene, hosted by Zach Jacobs ’14, who just returned from abroad, on Monday nights from 6-7 p.m., and a folk/political music show with Morgana Warner-Evans ’16 that airs Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m.
These shows are currently only available via live-stream, meaning that listeners must tune in to the website during the appointed hour to hear a given show’s live broadcast.  (Trying to figure out what there is to listen to when? A complete schedule of shows can be found here.) And while the shows themselves aren’t archived, the WRHC site does feature some samplings of student bands and previously aired interviews.
Dylan Reichmen '16 (left), with Moll and Barnes, broadcasts live from the Sunken Lounge of the Dining Center and online to help generate interest from students to join WHRC.

Looking forward, Barnes noted that WHRC will continue to add new DJs and shows to an already impressively varied lineup of music, sports and political debate.  Her hope for the organization, which she will leave to Moll after she graduates in May, is that it will become “a platform for Haverford and Bryn Mawr students to express themselves and engage with one another on a variety of topics.” Hopefully, she is well on her way to that goal.
Photos by Brad Larrison.