WHPC 90.3 FM: The Voice of Nassau Community College
We provide entertainment, information, event announcements and public service programming to the greater Nassau County area.
WHPC - CELEBRATING 40 YEARS
In 1972, the NY Jets' Don Maynard became the NFL all time pro leader with 632 receptions, Apollo 17’s last manned moon voyage returned home, President Richard Nixon halted the bombing of North Vietnam, Dr. George Chambers was President of NCC, Jim Green started working at the NCC radio station, and blaring from WHPC were the “TOP 40” hit songs Last Song, Edward Bear; Ben, Michael Jackson; and Don McLean’s American Pie.
This October, WHPC marks its 40th anniversary of providing informative, insightful, and entertaining radio services to Nassau Community College and the surrounding community. From its inaugural broadcast on October 27, 1972, the station grew quickly from its initial 5 day a week, 8-hour broadcasts, to 7 days a week when Saturday and Sunday were added to the schedule. Since these nascent beginnings, Jim Green, whose 50 years in broadcasting has been influenced by many great DJ’s such as Dan Ingram, Murray the K, Ron Lundy, Joe O’Brien, Harry Harrison and Dan Daniels, has been at the helm steering the station through waves of growth and challenges.
When the radio station began broadcasting there was only one Public Service Announcement penned on a piece of paper and a migrating flock of birds chirping in the background for 15 minutes during one of the first broadcasts. Undeterred, Jim plowed ahead and the voice of Nassau County’s educational radio was built into the comprehensive format that it is today.
When WHPC began, one of the goals was to introduce “Top 40 radio” into educational radio and keep it strong, timely, and current, and the College has not wavered from that vision. WHPC’s success is a result of adhering to radio’s basic tenets and core philosophy that defines great radio broadcasting. Today, radio remains the foremost source for diverse information, breaking news, and integrated dialogue. WHPC’s broadcasts deliver an eclectic mix of programming from faculty, students and community leaders. With several thousand students walking through the doors of WHPC, Jim and the staff at the station have been mentors in the development of students as broadcast professionals as well as the guardian of WHPC’s quality programming. With a listening ear fixed on trends and marketplaces, Jim, with the help of some of NCCs finest voices and personnel, has created a flexible format enlivened by the changing needs of the students and community which has resulted in positive and engaging radio. Fifteen years ago, the station began broadcasting 24 hours a day and today WHPC’s audience has a much broader base.
The radio station has recently begun airing promotional announcements during the broadcast day to promote College wide and community events. Whether it is announcing an NCC Open House, the first day of classes, an exciting new degree, the NCC blood drive, intramural sports or student activities, WHPC is proud to serve an ever pulsating beat and presence on the campus. This fall WHPC goes Digital! By transitioning to digital broadcasting and high definition stereo, WHPC is committing to compete in the 21st century technological growth. Looking forward to January 2013, when the transition will be complete, Jim invites the NCC community to join him on the next wave of contemporary broadcasting.