WHPK and Experimental Station present “WHPK IN PERSON” on March 22nd, 2018, from 10AM-10PM. This all-ages event is free and open to the public at Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Avenue.WHPK, the non-profit community radio station of the University of Chicago, moves into the community for a day to celebrate its 50th birthday under its current call letters (March 22, 1968). WHPK DJs will perform live from 10AM-10PM at Experimental Station, with a special commemoration at 7:30PM.
The public is invited to come to Experimental Station to listen, dance, hang out, socialize, work remotely, or bring their kids. Guests will meet DJs past and present, and learn about the station’s history through archival material. Anyone with ephemera from WHPK is invited to bring it to the event to be digitized and added to the station’s archives. There will be games, crafts, and snacks to engage guests while they listen.
The event will also allow guests to learn about the many entities and activities within Experimental Station. Blackstone Bicycle Works will feature special hours for used bike sales and bicycle repair (10AM-6PM), and Build Coffee will feature $3 bottomless coffee refills for guests.
At 7:30PM, current and former DJ’s, as well as fans of the station, will share speeches and testimonials. Food will be shared.
The line-up of DJ’s for the event includes: King George (dusties, blues, classic rock), El Caobo (hip hop and house music), Reggie Davenport aka DJ Purple (electronic), Ras Tzaddi Wadadah II (reggae), Ben Thevathasan (rock), Pete Cummings (rock), Laila Aziem (electronic/international), Marta Nicholas (international), South Side Weekly Radio (public affairs), and Erick Hampton (jazz).
Guests should enter the red door on Blackstone Avenue. This event is wheelchair accessible.
“WHPK IN PERSON” is organized by Matthew Searle (Experimental Station), Ethan Weinstein (WHPK), and a number of WHPK DJ’s and staff. For more information about the event, contact Matthew at 773.241.6044 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WHPK, “The Pride of the South Side,” is a non-profit community radio station of the University of Chicago, broadcasting to Hyde Park and the South Side of Chicago for 50 years. WHPK’s call sign letters stand for Woodlawn Hyde Park Kenwood. The station is dedicated to playing music not commonly heard on the mainstream. Programming consists of a wide variety of music formats for an equally diverse listening audience. These include: Rock, Jazz, Classical, International, Hip-Hop, and Folk, as well as specialty shows shows of avant-garde, Blues, dance music, and live in-studio performances. WHPK has an equally renowned Public Affairs Format where concerns of the community are voiced and where interviews with local politicians and other public figures can be heard. WHPK’s membership of approximately 100 people includes about 45 graduate and undergraduate students; the remaining are primarily community residents from the greater South Side. For more information about WHPK, visit: www.whpk.org.