Lara Hrycaj, the Operations Manager of WHFR at Henry Ford Community College (HFCC) in Dearborn, Michigan, first got her start in radio as a student in the Mass Communications Program at HFCC in 1992. After graduating with an Associate of Arts in the winter of 1994, Lara’s passion for education led her to the University of Central Florida for a B.A. in Radio and Television before landing at Wayne State University in Detroit, where she is currently working on her dissertation (a study of popular music in film, focusing on the music used in Wes Anderson films) to earn a PhD in the Media Arts and Studies program. In addition to finishing her PhD, Lara currently works at WHFR, hosts a radio show, and serves as an adjunct faculty member at the community college.
Lara notes that WHFR could not function without their student and alumni volunteer staff. Since WHFR is almost completely volunteer run, they have a wide variety of shows to reflect the wide variety of people from all walks of life, backgrounds, ages, and experiences that are involved with the station. At any given time, WHFR may have anywhere from 50 to 70 volunteers helping out. The requirement to become part of WHFR is to take the WHFR Staff Training course that is offered by Henry Ford Community College, either for college credit or for non-credit. Anyone who lives in metro Detroit, is interested in radio, and has a love of music that they want to share with the masses, has the opportunity to become a part of WHFR.
GLG: How do you determine what gets played on the radio? Do the DJs get free reign of the airwaves, or are they expected to integrate specific new artists or songs into their shows?
WHFR c/o HFCC
Attn: Head Music Director
5101 Evergreen Rd.
Dearborn, MI 48128
Digital files (MP3s) can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
GLG: What are WHFR’s future plans for the next year or two?
We are constantly updating our website and hope to expand the podcasts we have available to listeners. We currently have all of our locally produced talk shows and the “Motor Live Drive @ Five” available as a podcast. We hope to add video elements to our podcasts and we’re constantly trying to incorporate the new media elements that will complement WHFR’s broadcast and overall mission.